UK - International law firm Stephnson Harwood has appointed Mark Catchpole as a partner in its employment, pensions and benefits group.
Catchpole joins the group with over 12 years’ experience advising on pensions and employee benefits. Previous work experience includes Wedlake Bell where he began his legal career, Herbert Smith, and later, Theodore Goddard where he became a partner in 1996.
He is a member of the pensions research accountants group, the association of pension lawyers, and the pension funds and the share schemes lawyers group.
Managing partner of the employment pensions and benefits group Tom Flanagan said: “[He] has the proven ability to develop a pensions and benefits practice.”
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