"One of the strongest teams outside London. Osborne Clarke provides an excellent service and is very easy to work with" – Legal 500
We are looking for an Associate and a Senior Associate to join our highly regarded Pensions team in Bristol.
This is a fantastic opportunity to join an experienced and well respected team and be involved in the whole spectrum of pensions law and practice. You will have access to a broad range of high quality work, including contentious and non-contentious matters in both the private and public sectors. From the outset, you will be a valued member of the team and have the opportunity to build client relationships and develop your business development skills.
You will be joining a successful firm with a collegiate and supportive culture, which makes it a rewarding place to work.
"They absolutely get inside the skin of their clients and you know they are batting for you." – Chambers UK
The team advises both employers and trustees in order to help them to run their schemes compliantly while managing risks. We also run one of the UK's leading independent trustee company, Open Trustees, so we have direct experience of operating pension schemes.
Our lawyers have the opportunity to advise on a variety of pensions issues from risk reduction exercises (such as pension increases exchanges, buy-ins and buyouts and alternative funding arrangements) to advising pension schemes going through a Pension Protection Fund ("PPF") assessment period or an Administering Authority on matters relating to the Local Government Pension Scheme ("LGPS"). We also have particular expertise in the pensions aspects of corporate acquisitions and disposals, scheme mergers, insolvencies, restructuring and wind-ups.
One aspect of our work which sets the team apart is that our lawyers also have the opportunity to act for employers, trustees and representative beneficiaries on complex litigation claims, including professional negligence work and Part 8 claims.
Find out more about our pensions' practice using this link: http://www.osborneclarke.com/expertise/service/pensions/
Our team are noted for their 'all-round expertise' and for having ‘good strength in depth with shared knowledge' - Legal 500
Led by Jonathan Hazlett who is rated in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500, the team currently comprises of 4 partners, 1 Legal Director, 2 Associate Directors, 3 Senior Associates, 4 Associates, 1 Pensions Manager, 4 Assistant Pensions Manager and 1 Administrative Assistant. All are based in our Bristol office.
Tom Milner, an Associate, explains what attracted him to the team:
"I joined the pensions team in October 2017. Having been with the team for nearly a year now (having joined from a top-ranked city firm), I can confidently recommend Osborne Clarke to any aspiring pensions lawyer. The standard of work that the team produces is excellent and the team's client base is equally as impressive. Since joining I have advised clients across a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, on-going advisory queries, pensions litigation matters and regulatory issues. If you are considering your options within the pensions sphere, I wholeheartedly recommend getting in touch with Osborne Clarke."
Technical skills and experience
You will have knowledge and transactional experience of working for pensions' clients in a variety of capacities. You will have gained excellent experience in non-contentious pensions work in a high quality pensions team, covering the areas mentioned above. It will be desirable that you will also have some pensions litigation experience, although this is not a pre-requisite.
Your career development
Like all our lawyers, you will benefit from our multi-award winning career development programme. At each stage of your career this provides you with:
Salary and benefits
We offer competitive salaries and generous benefits.
For more information or to apply
At Osborne Clarke we welcome direct applications - if you would like any further information about the role, or the firm, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact, in complete confidence, Emily Webb in the Recruitment team on 0117 917 3072 or email email@example.com
At Osborne Clarke, we are known for our open and inclusive culture. We believe that by investing in the diversity and wellbeing of our people, we create an environment where everyone can thrive to be the best that they can be. This means recognising that our people have lives and commitments outside of work. We have invested in connected working for our people and, where possible, we will accommodate flexible working for all our roles.