Claire Southern

Claire Southern


Email [email protected]​

Phone +44 20 7296 2000

Fax +44 20 7296 2001


Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Claire Southern is the leading pensions partner in her field. Her experience of complex pensions and restructuring issues, as well as her relentless focus on client objectives, is second to none.

Legal 500, 2020

People are often surprised to find out that Claire's a pensions lawyer. She's learned to take that as a compliment. She enjoys working closely with clients to find solutions to their problems and believes that pensions law is much improved by some straight talking and a sense of humor. Claire likes variety and this is reflected in the wide range of clients and matters that she works on. She has developed specialist practices in trustee friendly derivative instruments and the VAT recoverability of pension scheme expenses.

She enjoys guiding trustee boards through complex and challenging issues. The key to doing this well is understanding that 99% of trustee decisions are not complicated once the 'white noise' of jargon and technical detail has been filtered out. Focus on what's important to members. Be confident you could look them in the eye and say you did the best you could for them.

Awards and recognitions


Next Generation Partners, Pensions
Legal 500


Chambers UK

Education and admissions


B.A., University College London


Member, Association of Pension Lawyers

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