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Tim Smith, Senior Associate Professional Support Lawyer

Tim Smith

Senior Associate Professional Support Lawyer

Practice areas

  • Pensions

Practice notes

Tim is a senior associate professional support lawyer at Eversheds LLP, where he provides technical support and training to Eversheds' UK and international pensions team and to clients. Tim has particular expertise in relation to UK and EU pensions policy, the UK pensions tax regime, pension scheme governance (including IGCs) and automatic enrolment. He runs regular training for pension scheme trustees and employers, including the Trustees of the RSA Trustees and Legal & General Investment Management. Tim also prepares regular e-briefings and video updates for Eversheds' clients.

Tim plays a key role in organising Eversheds' client seminars, roundtables and their highly successful annual pensions conference, which is now in its 12th year. He is a regular speaker at seminars, writes for the pensions media and is a keen contributor on social media, including Twitter (@pensionlawsmith). Tim won Mallowstreet's Most Influential Lawyer award in 2013. Tim also developed Eversheds innovative online auto-enrolment compliance tool, aeready, and played an instrumental role in developing the Pension Stability Buffer with Aon.

Until recently, Tim was vice-Chair of the SPP's PR Committee and has sat on various PLSA committees. He was part of a team which reviewed the impact of the new statutory definition of "money purchase benefits" with the Department for Work and Pensions, and has worked with policymakers on topics such as auto-enrolment, the IORP Directive and collective DC. Tim was involved in updating the National Occupational Standards for Pension Scheme Trusteeship on behalf of the Financial Services Skills Council and also contributed to the Performance and Reward Centre's report 'Employee Pension Provision: Today and Tomorrow'. More recently, he played a central role in drafting PensionEurope's White paper on Key Principles of Good Governance for Workplace DC Plans throughout Europe.