David Knox is the partner leading the firm's pension law team and has a base in both our London and Edinburgh offices. He joined the firm as a partner in January 2013, prior to which he had been a partner in another major national law firm for 7 years. He specialises in advice relating to contentious and non-contentious pension matters.
These include advising on legal aspects of scheme flight-planning, buy-ins and winding up of pension schemes, de-risking them and minimising Pensions Protection Fund levies, advising employers, trustees and product providers on all legal issues facing workplace pension arrangements. Asset-backed and other scheme funding arrangements, changing future pension benefits, and pension aspects of corporate transactions have been major parts of his work over recent years, as has preparing clients for compliance with auto-enrolment law, advising them on salary sacrifice and re-documenting their existing schemes.
David has acted for a range of clients, from pensioners' and sponsoring employers' organisations through multi-national oil companies and banks to universities, pension service providers and large pension funds.
Working closely with our financial services, corporate recovery, tax and employment teams, he also designs and delivers training for pension trustees and candidates for the Pension Management Institute's exams, and is a regular contributor to articles, and to seminars in England and Scotland. He has in recent years been endorsed by the legal directories and has been described as a "strong negotiator" (Chambers UK, 2012) with "a commanding grasp of pensions legislation" (UK Legal 500, 2010).