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Pensions and benefits disputes

Eversheds Sutherland has a deep bench of regulatory and tax attorneys coupled with substantial benefits and ERISA litigation experience, resulting in our ability to create an interdisciplinary team able to tackle virtually any issue, and to think out of the box in solving problems and managing disputes in an area that is highly technical, yet becoming increasingly more complex. We go beyond simply advising on the law. We are actively involved with some of the most influential industry organizations in this area, including the Association of Pension Lawyers, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, PensionsEurope, the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association (IPEBLA), the European Insurance and Occupation Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and the Insured Retirement Institute. This keeps us actively involved in shaping pensions and health benefits law and policy across Europe and in the United States, rather than simply reacting to it. In turn, this keeps both our clients and us ahead of the curve. Additionally, Eversheds Sutherland was nationally recognized in 2015 U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” for ERISA Law and consistently for a number of years as a Tier 1 practice for pension and health benefits litigation in Chambers UK and Legal 500.

Experienced pension and benefit disputes lawyers

Eversheds Sutherland has extensive experience acting for trustees and other fiduciaries, employers, plan administrators, insurers and industry wide structures in major litigation arising out of alleged fiduciary duty breaches, rectification or judicial interpretation of documents, claims against professional advisers, ERISA class actions, investment decisions, plan design issues, plan administration, and the full range of pension and health benefit claims. It is unlikely that a matter will present issues which we have not yet encountered at some point, from a variety of different perspectives.

  • Numerous reported cases acting for trustees and employers seeking rectification of Scheme Documents or Court directions as to their true construction
  • Acting in Tribunal proceedings relating to the issuance by the Pensions Regulator of a Financial Support Direction
  • Taking the first pensions case to the UK Supreme Court;
  • International Corporate Transactions
  • Equal Treatment and Discrimination
  • Contract Terms
  • Class Action Defense
  • ERISA related Defense
  • U.S. Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule
  • Benefits eligibility
  • Plan design and amendment
  • Tax Issues

Our comprehensive Pension and Benefits Disputes team’s services range from proactive risk assessment and strategy analysis to alternative dispute resolution, litigation if necessary, and the Pensions Regulator’s Determination Panel.

Contact our pension and benefits Disputes team

If you would like any further information or need advice on pensions and benefits disputes, please contact our legal team.

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