Paul is a senior Partner in our pensions practice, advising both trustees and employers on all aspects of pensions law, with a focus on large schemes.

His recent work has covered all aspects of risk management including buy-ins and buy-outs (he acted for the Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund on their £1.7bn pensioner buy-in with Standard Life), PIE exercises and Transfer Out (ETV) exercises. He has also recently advised on benefit changes, scheme closures, winding-up, establishing escrow arrangements and regulatory compliance. He has been advising on pensions-related matters for over twenty-five years.

He also advises on pensions disputes, including cases before the Pensions Ombudsman and High Court claims. He recently acted on a complex multi-party professional negligence matter that was successfully resolved at a mediation.

Paul has been at Osborne Clarke since 1993, and has been a Partner since 1999. He is currently the service line leader for Pensions and Competition.

He is a director of our independent trustee company Open Trustees Limited, an accredited professional pensions trustee, and a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers.

Helping you succeed in tomorrow's world

I head up our Future of Work practice, assisting employers plan for an increasingly changing and ageing workforce. OC has recently published a report in the space called "Providing for tomorrow today: understanding an ageing workforce" that touches on this and other issues related to attracting and retaining talent.

"Paul is someone who has been in the field for a long time – he's got experience you can't buy and has a nice, easygoing client manner"

Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund

Acting for the Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund on its £1.7bn pensioner buy-in with Standard Life.

Various Trustees

Acting for various trustee clients on buy-ins and buy-outs with Legal & General, Aviva, Just and PIC.

Utilities sector client

Advising on the closure of two schemes to defined benefit accrual through varying employment contracts.

Financial services client

Advising a financial services company on a complex multi-party professional negligence matter which was successfully resolved at a mediation.

Pharmaceutical, utilities and defence sector clients

Moving defined contribution sections from occupational schemes into Master Trust arrangements.