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Pensions Lawyer (Master Trust)

Reporting to: Lead Lawyer
Team: Legal
Contract type: 12 months fixed-term
Salary: £90,294 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: 22 April 2018

About us

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK, working with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement. We have an excellent office location in the heart of Brighton and have a diverse, lively and professional growing workforce.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work and doing all we can to support our people to reach their full potential. Join our expanding team for the chance to be a part of the biggest change to pensions in a generation.

Role

We’re looking for a Pensions Lawyer to provide specialist legal professional advice and interventions.

Responsibilities

  • Analyse information to provide legal advice on the action proposed in relation to casework and contribute to the development of new policies, procedures and strategies.
  • Provide pensions law advice on defined benefit (DB), defined contribution (DC) pension schemes and the new master trust regime, at an operational level.
  • Provide legal advice and analysis to DB and DC case teams which may include advising on cases for submission to the Determinations Panel and those which have been referred to the Upper Tribunal.
  • Share knowledge of law, best practice and successful interventions with colleagues and across TPR as may be required.
  • Contribute to knowledge management processes.
  • Liaise with external professional communities.
  • Advise and manage individual case plans to mitigate risks to members’ benefits.
  • Participate in negotiations with trustees / actuaries / employers in respect of recovery plans.

Essential and desirable criteria

Essential

  • Solicitor or barrister with a current practicing certificate in England and Wales.
  • Significant experience of working independently and at a senior level.
  • Relevant pensions law knowledge - Pension Schemes Act 1993, Pensions Act 1995, Pensions Act 2004, Pensions Act 2008, Pensions Schemes Act 2017 and related legislation.
  • Experience of advising on a new statutory regime, including on policy, drafting and operationalisation of the requirements.
  • Knowledge of regulation principles and best practice.
  • Awareness of pensions environment strategic trends and issues.
  • Awareness of public law principles.

Desirable

  • Experience of advising employers, investors, lenders and trustees on the pensions aspects of corporate transactions including restructuring.
  • Experience of advising on trustee governance including trust law.
  • Good understanding of the regulatory impact on schemes.
  • A working knowledge of Freedom of Information / Data Protection Act legislation.
  • Pensions environment strategic trends and issues.
  • Uses of information within TPR / regulatory bodies.

Person specification

  • Proactive and flexible.
  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Personable and a team player.

Salary and benefits

As well as a salary of up to £90,294, we offer:

  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pensions world
  • discretionary bonus arrangements
  • 25 days' annual leave provision
  • flexible working arrangements
  • development opportunities
  • enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • a free employee assistance programme
  • an excellent office location

How to apply

We provide an exciting, supportive and flexible working environment, and are committed to helping our people meet their full potential.

TPR is an inclusive employer and offers equal opportunities to all regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

Applications will be considered on a part time and job share basis.

Please send your CV and a covering letter, with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria to recruitmentcvs@tpr.gov.uk.

If you have any enquiries with regards to this role or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk.

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