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Tim Smith

Tim Smith

Professional Support Lawyer

Tim's role involves pensions know-how and policy, thought leadership and client training.

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Experience

Tim manages the pension team's value-added client services and internal education.  This includes helping clients to stay up to date with the latest developments in pensions law and practice by producing client briefings and bulletins and designing and delivering tailored training for clients. Tim also works with policymakers, regulators and industry bodies to help shape pensions policy and regulation as it develops. He also supports the firm's pensions litigation practice.
 
Tim's recent experience includes: 
 
  • working with UK and EU policymakers, regulators and industry bodies to help develop and shape pensions policy and regulation in areas such as auto-enrolment, the rules for independent governance committees, the governance requirements for DC and DB schemes, the authorisation and supervision regime for DC master trusts, member protection and the decumulation options, member communications and engagement and the IORP II Directive
  • producing White papers and discussion papers on UK, European and international pensions policy issues including PensionEurope's paper on Key Principles of Good Governance for Workplace DC Pension Plans throughout Europe, and
  • speaking at conferences and seminars and delivering high quality training to colleagues and clients, including delivering courses to help trustees achieve the PMI’s Award in Pension Trusteeship for DC and DB schemes.

Tim has more than a decade of pensions law experience.  He is a member of the PLSA's legal panel, sits on the PLSA's EU committee and co-authored the PLSA's Good Practice Guide to Assessing Value for Members. Tim is also a member of the Consultation Board for PLC Pensions and an expert contributor on Mallowstreet. Tim was vice-chair of the SPP's PR committee from 2015-2016. 

Background

Before joining the firm in 2018, Tim worked in the pensions team at Eversheds Sutherland for over a decade.