Burges Salmon grows Pensions team with new partner appointments

The Pensions team from Burges Salmon has appointed two new partners, making it one of the largest Pensions team in the UK legal sector

06 May 2016

The Pensions team from Burges Salmon has appointed two new partners.

The appointments of Susannah Young and Alice Honeywill take the team's number of partners to eight making it one of the largest in the UK legal sector, with more than 40 pensions lawyers in total.

The Burges Salmon team acts for a diverse national and international client base comprising more than 750 trustee and employer clients across the private and public sectors.

Susannah Young joined Burges Salmon as a trainee in 2003 and qualified into the firm’s Pensions team in 2005. She has substantial experience in all areas of pensions law, with a particular focus on providing trustees of both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes with clear and user-friendly advice. She has extensive experience of providing bespoke training to trustees and is a regular speaker at trustee training days, workshops and seminars.

Susannah is a full member of the Association of Pension Lawyers and she advises the trustees of the First UK Bus Pension Scheme, the AT&T ISTEL Pension Plan, the Wessex Water Pension Scheme and the Honda Group UK Pension Scheme, among other clients.

Alice Honeywill joined Burges Salmon as a trainee in 2005 and qualified into the Pensions team in 2007. Alice advises on all aspects of pensions law. Her experience covers numerous large projects including bulk transfers, benefit changes, corporate restructuring, liability management and buy-ins. She provides clear, straightforward advice to trustees and employers on day to day matters and enjoys engaging with trustees when delivering trustee training. She advises clients on duties under pensions and tax legislation, as well as drafting scheme documentation, and specialises in technical aspects of pensions law and tax.

Alice is a full member of the Association of Pension Lawyers and she advises clients including Western Power Distribution, and the trustees of the Howden Joinery Pension Plan, the Oxford University Pension Scheme and the QinetiQ pension scheme.

Richard Knight, Head of Pensions at Burges Salmon, said: “Pensions continue to remain high on the agenda both in the UK and across Europe as the industry undergoes significant changes and this, along with our team’s focus on exceptional client service, has resulted in sustained growth across our pensions client base.

“These appointments reflect the team’s recent strong growth and positive and progressive rise in both the quantity and quality of the work being undertaken for clients across the pensions sector.

“Susannah and Alice are highly competent lawyers who both understand our unique model and collaborative culture, which we believe delivers the best mix of advice, service and value to clients.”

The new partner appointments are both effective from 1 May 2016.

The seven partners in the Burges Salmon Pensions team are:

  • Richard Knight
  • Clive Pugh
  • Alice Honeywill
  • Susannah Young
  • Michael Hayles
  • Richard Pettit
  • Justin Briggs

Key contact

Richard Knight

Richard Knight Partner

  • Head of Pensions
  • Pensions Services
  • Pensions Legal Advice

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