Hill Dickinson LLP
Manchester GB
3d ago

Hill Dickinson LLP is a leading and award-winning international commercial law firm with offices in Liverpool, Manchester, London, Leeds, Piraeus, Singapore, Monaco and Hong Kong.

With more than 840 people including 175 partners and legal directors, the firm delivers advice and strategic guidance spanning the full legal spectrum, from non-contentious advisory and transactional work, to all forms of commercial litigation.

Hill Dickinson acts as a trusted adviser to a wide portfolio of clients across a wide range of specialist sectors : from transport and logistics and international trade, through to retail, insurance, marine, health, education, manufacturing, public sector and banking and financial services.

Job Role : Associate

Hours : 37.5 hours a week FTE

As the winner of Working Families’ Best UK employer for Flexible Working Award 2020’, we are happy to consider flexible working opportunities to help you balance your work and home life.

Department : Pensions

Location : Manchester


At Hill Dickinson we understand that incentives go far beyond a good salary, so we have created a comprehensive benefits package tailored around our people.

Here are some examples of what we offer :

  • 25 days’ annual leave
  • Birthday privilege day and Christmas shutdown
  • Holiday buy, sell and carryover scheme
  • 2 charity volunteering or pro bono days
  • Flexible, agile and home working
  • BUPA
  • Permanent health insurance
  • Flexible pension scheme
  • Medicash
  • Enhanced family leave policies
  • Life assurance
  • Annual travel season ticket loan
  • Dress for your day policy
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Financial contribution towards home working equipment
  • Role overview

    Introduction to the role :

    An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Associate to join our Pensions team. The successful candidate will report to Barry Gibb and Paula Warnock.

    This is a real platform for establishing yourself within this friendly, growing team whilst receiving support and development from the Partners and the wider firm.

    Introduction to the team :

    Our specialist Pensions team, described as top-notch’ in the Legal 500, includes three partners, one legal director, one associate and one paralegal.

    It is a successful and busy team with a thriving trustee practice and we advise a number of blue chip corporate clients on a wide range of pensions matters.

    Regularly working alongside city firms, the team engages in detailed, interesting work and is supported by a full-service commercial practice.

    Key responsibilities

  • Provide clear pension advice
  • Advising both trustee and corporate clients
  • Benefit change projects and de-risking exercises
  • Drafting scheme documents
  • Interpreting rules, trustee powers and discretions
  • Scheme valuation negotiations and funding solutions
  • Restructurings and winding up
  • Buy-in and buy-out projects
  • Pensions Litigation
  • What we are looking for

    Essential :

  • Qualified Solicitor
  • Proven pensions experience
  • Wide range of pension knowledge
  • Experience in drafting scheme documentation
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Strong organisation skills with the ability to prioritise
  • Proficient in use of a legal document management systems
  • Attention to detail
  • Flexibility to support client development and attend networking events
  • Desirable :

  • Commercial acumen
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    Hill Dickinson is committed to providing fairness and equal opportunity for all regardless of age, gender, gender identity, ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital or transgender status, nationality, religion or belief.

    We understand that our power as a firm comes from empowering our people and that it is only by encouraging and enabling individuals to be themselves at work that we can truly benefit from their rich and varied strengths.

    Hill Dickinson is an equal opportunities employer. All applications received by the firm will be considered based on their merit alone and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of background.

    Disability Support

    We are a Disability Confident employer, which means that we will make reasonable adjustments to help you perform at your best.

    Please contact the HR team at hrteam should you require any adjustments to the application or interview process.


    Trust Respect Innovation Collaboration

    All successful candidates will be subject to our standard pre-employment screening, including a basic criminal record check via Disclosure and Barring Service.

    Any offer of employment made is conditional upon completion of all checks.

    Due to the high response levels we receive for some vacancies, we may expire any of them prior to the advertised closing date and advise you to submit your application as soon as possible.

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