Jeremy Harris, Partner, Employment and Pensions

Jeremy Harris, Partner, Employment and Pensions, Fieldfisher

I am a pensions lawyer with over 29 years' experience advising the trustees and sponsoring employers of occupational pension schemes in the manufacturing, chemicals, energy, utilities, mining, education and retail sectors.

I have a particular expertise in advising on scheme benefit changes and on the employer debt implications of corporate transactions. I am also experienced in advising clients in relation to the actual or threatened exercise of the Pensions Regulator's moral hazard and scheme funding powers. I advise on the legal aspects of pensions de-risking, including enhanced transfer values, early retirement programmes, buy-ins and buy-outs and transfers to master trusts. I have extensive experience of advising in relation to annual and lifetime allowance legislation, including enhanced, primary, fixed and individual protection, the unauthorised payments legislation and defined contribution freedoms.

I combine a close attention to the detail of pensions law with an ability to identify practical and commercial solutions and to communicate clear advice to clients. Chambers Legal Directory describes me as a "very practical and solutions-focussed" lawyer and Legal 500 Directory says that I am "very responsive, practical and above all realistic". 

I have advised the trustees and sponsoring employers of defined benefit pension schemes in the manufacturing, chemicals and retail  sectors for several decades. I have advised the trustee of a sector-wide higher education hybrid defined benefit/defined contribution pension scheme for approximately 20 years.

I am a regular speaker at the Manchester Groups of the Pensions and Life Assurance Savings Association (PLSA) and the Pensions Management Institute (PMI). I was a panel member in the Manchester PLSA's March 2019 "Question Time". I wrote an article for Jardine Lloyd Thompson's client buyout newsletter relating to alternative ways of pensions de-risking.

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