UK - Lawyers Hammond Suddards Edge has established an international benefits practice capitalising, it says, on the strengths of its pensions, tax and incentive teams in its international offices.
Jane Marshall will head up the international benefits team and will work closely with tax/incentives head Mark Simpson to provide an integrated service to clients. She will also be working with Frances Phillips Taft, a dual UK/US lawyer who joined the firm from McKinsey last year and has experience advising on pensions and employee benefit issues in multiple jurisdictions.
Partner Andrew Powell will assume responsibility for the management and development of the national pensions practice taking over this post from Marshall. However, Marshall will still be involved in advising UK clients on a day to day basis as well as becoming Hammonds London head.
According to Jane Marshall, only a few law firms exist with the capability to advise in an integrated fashion. Multi-national clients often need assistance streamlining their pensions and employee benefit programs across borders and implementing a global benefits framework that embraces target benefits, employee contributions and plan financing.
We see the development of our international and European capability as vitally important to the long-term growth of our practice. Increasingly clients are looking for International or European wide solutions for their internationally mobile employees.
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