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Neil Smith

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English, French

Neil Smith is a partner in the Pensions team. 

He has extensive experience in dealing with all types of pensions issues. His practice encompasses both contentious and non-contentious issues. 

On the contentious side he acts for leading actuarial and benefit consultants in pensions professional negligence actions.

He has also acted in a number of the most significant Part 8 pension cases in recent years, including MNRPF and Foster Wheeler.

Neil has significant experience of Pension Ombudsman determinations.

On the non-contentious side, he advises both trustee and corporate clients in relation to benefit restructures, the pensions aspects of mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, employer covenant issues, insolvency issues.

Neil is a full member of the Association of Pension Lawyers and is on the Pensions Litigation Committee of the Association of Pensions Lawyers. He is a regular speaker and has chaired conferences for CLT, a specialist provider of training for the legal profession, as well as for the Association of Pension Lawyers.  

Neil is named as a leading individual in the pensions (and pensions litigation) field in both the Chambers Guide and Legal 500.

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Relevant experience

  • One of the parties in the ground breaking MNRPF case.
  • A financial services client on the successfully defence of over 30 Pension Ombudsman complaints concerning an interpretation of the Scheme rules. Had the determinations been lost the client's liability would have been in the region of GBP 60m.
  • A financial services client on cessation of accrual in the company's pension scheme by way of contractual variation and orchestrating the communication exercise to employees.
  • A retail services client on benefit restructuring issues and dealing with the Pensions Regulator and the Pension Protection Fund to facilitate the admission of the company's pension scheme into the Pension Protection Fund.
  • On three leading claims for actuarial negligence in the High Court.
  • A successful member in the landmark Foster Wheeler litigation.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Pensions Litigation Committee, Association of Pensions Lawyers
  • Member, Association of Pensions Lawyers
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Publications

  • Contributor to the Pensions Law Handbook (16th Edition), Bloomsbury Professional.
  • Contributor to the Pensions Law Handbook (15th Edition), Bloomsbury Professional.
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Education

  • 1992 - College of Law, Guildford, Guildford
  • 1991 – LLB (Hons), Leicester University, Leicester
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09/10/2023
CMS launches 16th edition of the Pensions Law Handbook
CMS is delighted to announce the launch of the 16th edition of the Pensions Law Handbook, the definitive guide to pensions law and practice in the UK. Written by the CMS pensions team, it is an essential...
16/06/2023
Contracted out schemes - are your amendments valid?
The High Court has handed down an important, and potentially problematic, judgment on the effectiveness of historic amendments to contracted-out DB pension schemes. Trustees will need to work with their...
12/05/2023
CMS Pensions Charities Group
At CMS we pride ourselves on providing our charity and other third sector clients with outstanding legal advice; it is the strength of our client relationships that sets us apart. Our extensive resource...
29/09/2021
Download the latest ‘CMS Pensions LawCast’ episode #30 – Pensions dispute...
Hosted by CMS Pensions experts this series looks ahead at the key issues developing in the pensions sector with a specific focus on what you need to know, and practically, what you need to do. In this...
01/09/2020
Download the latest ‘CMS Pensions LawCast’ episode #8 – Litigation
Hosted by CMS Pensions experts this series looks ahead at the key issues developing in the pensions sector with a specific focus on what you need to know, and practically, what you need to do. In this...
26/02/2015
What is a frozen scheme?
The High Court has given its decision in the Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund case. This case concerned proposals by the trustee to introduce a contribution structure which would require historic employers...
18/02/2009
Pensions Regulator makes further statement on current economic conditions
In October 2008, the Pensions Regulator issued a statement to trustees setting out its general position in relation to the current market conditions and important considerations for trustees. This has...
28/11/2008
New developments on equalisation
This morning, the High Court handed down its verdict in the case of Foster Wheeler Ltd v Hanley and others, in which CMS Cameron McKenna LLP acted on behalf of one of the successful representative beneficiaries...