Pensions lawyers advise their clients (employers and trustees) on a wide variety of pensions matters, including on conflicts of interests, mergers and closures of schemes as well as navigating a changing legal landscape.
Trainee pensions lawyers will generally be involved in drafting pension scheme deeds and researching technical areas. As their experience increases, their advice will be sought in legal arguments and corporate deals.
- Eye for detail
- People and negotiation skills
- Understanding of technical details
- High level of literacy
- Commercial awareness.
Routes into pensions law
To become a pensions lawyer you will need a formal law qualification. It is not necessary for your undergraduate degree to be in law: you can also complete a law conversion after graduating. You’ll then need to take the LCP in order to qualify as a solicitor. This can be expensive, so it’s advisable to complete a training contract with an employer, which will contribute to the costs.
Most opportunities for careers in pensions law will be found in large or medium-sized commercial law firms.