Clive Pugh Pensions Partner and Head of Pensions Regulatory Investigations


Clive joined Burges Salmon as a pensions partner in 2008, having spent over five years at the Pensions Regulator. His private practice background, coupled with his regulatory experience, creates an ideal fit for advising both employers and trustees. His work includes advising on the Silentnight and Bernard Matthews pensions schemes.

Clive advises on all aspects of pensions law, and specialises in clearance, PPF cases, scheme funding and governance, legal interpretation, strategic advice and buy-ins.

His experience at the Regulator includes advising on pension scheme funding and clearance issues. He is regarded as an expert in negotiations, including on benefit redesign, closures and corporate developments.

Clive has advised on a large number of leading scheme funding cases where there has been regulatory interest. He is therefore well-placed to advise on regulatory issues, and his unique insights add real value for our clients.

Clive is also a regular commentator in the press and in industry publications. He is a member of the Association of Pensions Lawyers, the Pensions Management Institute Advisory Committee and the Association of Pensions Lawyers' International Committee. Clive is also a member of the NAPF's legal panel.

Clive is dual qualified in England and Wales and Northern Ireland.

  • Advising the Silentnight Pension Scheme on market leading Pensions Regulator proceedings.
  • Advising the Bernard Matthews Pension Scheme on a pensions regulatory investigation.
  • Advising Spear & Jackson and its Hong Kong parent company on scheme funding and regulatory matters.
  • Advising the Toshiba Scheme in respect of its global restructuring.
  • Advising Thorn Lighting and its European parent in respect of scheme funding.
  • Working with the Japan Airlines scheme in respect of the group's international restructuring.

What others say...

Clive Pugh is client-focused, understanding, technically strong, offers value for money, and makes pensions fun.

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