Paul Carney


Paul advises employers, trustees and public bodies on the legal aspects of all matters relating to pension law. Paul has particular expertise in advising on public service pension schemes and is experienced in drafting documentation for private sector schemes as well as providing ongoing advice on the day to day running of pension schemes. He also provides support to employers and trustees on pensions’ aspects of corporate transactions.

Paul’s recent work includes:

  • advising a higher education body in relation to its ongoing participation in the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, the Local Government Pension Scheme and the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme;
  • advising the trustees of an occupational pension scheme in relation to a challenge raised in connection with changes made to the rules of their pension scheme some years earlier in circumstances where those changes may, according to applicable (and recent) case law, have been incorrectly applied;
  • advising a local authority in its capacity as administering authority to one of the UK’s largest sections of the Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • advising the trustees of an occupational pension scheme further to a challenge from the Pensions Regulator which questioned their approach in agreeing to a corporate restructuring some three years previously;
  • advising the trustees of a number of UK pension schemes in relation to putting into place contingent assets and guarantees (including guarantees from non-UK guarantors) for the purposes of the PPF Levy.
  • Paul is a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers (APL), the North West APL and he is a committee member of the (national) APL’s sub-committee for Public Service Pension Schemes.

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