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Pensions Lawyer

Reporting to: Lead Lawyer
Team: Legal
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: £90,294 per annum
Location: Brighton
Closing date: 18 July 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.

Responsibilities

  • Provide creative and risk-based pensions law advice (including proposals on how to mitigate risks) on defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) occupational pensions and the new master trust regime in relation to:
    • casework
    • contentious cases
    • guidance
    • the development of new policies and strategies
  • Participate in negotiations with trustees and / or employers.
  • 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.

Essential and desirable criteria

Essential

  • Solicitor or barrister with a current practicing certificate in England and Wales.
  • Sufficient and relevant post-qualification experience.
  • Relevant pensions law knowledge - Pension Schemes Act 1993, Pensions Act 1995, Pensions Act 2004, Pensions Act 2008, Pensions Act 2011, Pensions Act 2014, Pension Schemes Act 2015, Pensions Schemes Act 2017 and related legislation.

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.
  • Knowledge of regulation principles and best practice.
  • Good understanding of the regulatory impact on schemes.
  • Awareness of pensions environment strategic trends and issues.
  • Awareness of public law principles.
  • Awareness of Freedom of Information (FOI) / General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) principles.

Person specification

  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Negotiating skills.
  • Calm under pressure.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Personable and a team player.

Salary and benefits

As well as a salary of up to £90,294 per annum, 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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