Pensions

United Kingdom

Our award-winning pensions team is experienced in advising trustees, employers, consultants and insurers on all aspects of pensions law. As well as day-to-day advice, we have particular experience advising on benefit redesign, scheme closures and liability reduction. We are industry-leaders in longevity hedging, buy-in, buy-out, asset-backed funding, funds and corporate restructuring. Unlike other pension law practices, we also work on litigation, as this enables us to brief clients in full on any potentially contentious issues and provides a balanced approach to our advice.

We provide schemes of all sizes with clear, pragmatic and proactive advice. We stand out from other firms with the inside track on key issues that are developing in the pensions market and we make sure that our clients are kept up-to-date on the latest pensions legal developments by sending a variety of regular updates, which focus on what you need to know and, practically, what you need to do.

With 60+ UK lawyers, we have one of the largest pension teams of any major UK law firm (and the largest London pensions team in a full-service law firm). We are widely regarded as market-leaders in the pensions industry maintaining, for the eleventh consecutive year, our top tier rankings for both Pensions and Pensions Litigation in both Chambers and Legal 500. 

Industry recognition

  • ‘Pensions Law Firm of the Year 2019’, Pension and Investment Provider Awards 2019.
  • ‘European Pensions Law Firm of the Year 2019’, European Pensions Awards.
  • This year we published CMS’s Pensions Law Handbook (14th edition), a definitive 1,000 page guide to UK pensions law, awarded the APL Wallace Medal for “meritorious work in communicating and explaining legal issues affecting pensions”.
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CMS is ‘the best in the market’

Legal 500, 2020

CMS has ‘one of the best pensions offerings in the country’. The practice’s ‘unrivalled resources’ enables it to provide ‘incredible tailored advice, a commercially minded approach and an ability to remove the fluff to get straight to the point and find the best solution’.

Legal 500, 2018
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4 December 2019
CMS ad­vises Atos on £1bn pen­sion schemes mer­ger and...
06 Nov 19
Trust­ee Know­ledge Up­date – Novem­ber 2019
Trust­ees of oc­cu­pa­tion­al pen­sion schemes have a stat­utory duty to en­sure that they have an ad­equate know­ledge and un­der­stand­ing of the leg­al is­sues rel­ev­ant to their scheme. They must also en­sure that...
4 November 2019
CMS adds renowned part­ner to mar­ket-lead­ing pen­sions...
15 Oct 19
Pen­sions Om­buds­man Up­date – Oc­to­ber 2019
Wel­come to the latest quarterly Pen­sions Om­buds­man Up­date from the CMS Pen­sions Team. The Pen­sions Om­buds­man re­solves hun­dreds of cases every year which are not only im­port­ant for the parties con­cerned,...
10 October 2019
CMS Pen­sions team “Best in the mar­ket”
07 Oct 19
No great sur­prise in store: CJEU de­liv­ers Safe­way de­cision
This morn­ing the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on (CJEU) handed down judg­ment in the Safe­way case, an im­port­ant de­cision for pen­sion schemes about sex equal­isa­tion, amend­ment powers, and the in­ter­ac­tion...
27 September 2019
Pen­sions en­vir­on­ment­al, so­cial and gov­ernance in­vest­ing
A guide for trust­ees
01 Aug 19
Trust­ee Know­ledge Up­date – Au­gust 2019
Trust­ees of oc­cu­pa­tion­al pen­sion schemes have a stat­utory duty to en­sure that they have an ad­equate know­ledge and un­der­stand­ing of the leg­al is­sues rel­ev­ant to their scheme. They must also en­sure that...
September 2019
The Rise and Rise of CVAs
Im­pact on pen­sion schemes
10 Jul 19
Pen­sions Om­buds­man Up­date – Ju­ly 2019
Wel­come to the latest quarterly Pen­sions Om­buds­man Up­date from the CMS Pen­sions Team. The Pen­sions Om­buds­man re­solves hun­dreds of cases every year which are not only im­port­ant for the parties con­cerned,...
26 September 2019
CMS ad­vises GEC 1972 Plan on UK’s biggest ever pen­sion...
20 May 19
Trust­ee Know­ledge Up­date - May 2019
Trust­ees of oc­cu­pa­tion­al pen­sion schemes have a stat­utory duty to en­sure that they have an ad­equate know­ledge and un­der­stand­ing of the leg­al is­sues rel­ev­ant to their scheme. They must also en­sure that...