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Osborne Clarke hires new pensions Partner


Written on 1 May 2019

Today international legal practice Osborne Clarke welcomes pensions expert Claire Rankin. Claire will be joining Osborne Clarke’s Bristol office as a Partner. 

Claire is a highly regarded pensions practitioner who specialises in non-contentious pensions law. Claire joins Osborne Clarke after nine years with Burges Salmon, following partnership roles with Clarke Willmott and Eversheds.

Claire advises employers and trustees of occupational pension schemes on all aspects of non-contentious pensions law. Having begun professional life as an employment lawyer, Claire has particular specialism in pension matters with an employment focus, such as scheme change exercises (including consultation and contractual aspects), equality issues and automatic enrolment.

Claire has been credited as a leader in her field by Chambers and she has been described as being “good at understanding how trustees think” and “translating complex things into easy pieces”. In addition to being a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers, Claire is South West Chair of the Pensions Management Institute and holds a strong network of relationships.

Jonathan Hazlett, Partner and head of Osborne Clarke’s Pensions team, said:

“Claire is a fantastic addition to our Pensions team – she is a bright and able practitioner who is highly regarded for her technical ability. A capable leader with excellent client relationships, Claire’s arrival will increase the strength of our pensions offering and allow us to continue to build on our already successful practice.”

Ranked tier one by The Legal 500, Osborne Clarke’s Pensions team boasts a strong market profile. The team advises on all aspects of pensions law on both the employer and trustee side, including benefit changes, scheme closures, compliance, trustee training, refinancing, restructuring, High Court litigation and member complaint resolution. The team also offers a full range of dispute resolution services for pension schemes, corporate clients and pension providers in the UK.

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