We offer a team with the experience to foresee problems and respond appropriately to change; the creativity and industry knowledge to provide you with practical risk management advice; the ability to communicate clearly to help you make informed commercial decisions; the skills required to establish and promote good working relationships with employers, trustee boards, regulatory bodies and other advisers and stakeholders; and day-to-day experience of advising on "cutting edge" issues with tight deadlines often in an international context.

Pension schemes have much wider ramifications for companies than some other HR matters. Sophisticated security arrangements and investment structures are needed to provide stability and efficient management of these liabilities. Our pensions team has the ability to draw on the skills of our highly-regarded investment funds and banking and finance practices.

Rapidly changing legislation and regulation, the complexity of pension schemes may at times require formal dispute resolution or guidance from the courts. Working alongside our specialist litigators we deal with all types of pensions litigation.


  • "Clients say 'They have a wealth of experience.' and 'it is a very smooth and efficient operation'."

    Chambers UK 2017

  • "Macfarlanes LLP’s ‘small but strong’ team is made up of ‘solid and experienced practitioners’."

    The Legal 500 UK 2016

  • "Clients say: 'They offer a very sensible and commercial approach'."

    Chambers UK 2016

  • "'They balanced the ability to be very technically precise and accurate with pragmatism in order to express the needs of the scheme. They provide a high-quality professional service'."

    Chambers UK 2015

  • "Macfarlanes LLP is praised for its 'in-depth knowledge and expertise, coupled with practical recommendations'."

    The UK Legal 500 2014

  • "The team is extremely efficient and responsive."

    Chambers UK 2014

  • "Macfarlanes LLP is a 'very classy outfit'."

    The Legal 500 UK 2013

  • "Sources praise the team for its 'thorough approach and strong sense of commercial awareness'."

    Chambers UK 2013