Edward Brown

Edward Brown

Partner, London

Email edward.brown@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +44 20 7296 5995

Fax +44 20 7296 2001

LanguagesEnglish

Practice groupCorporate

a "skillful communicator" who is able to "explain complex matters in an understandable way and gives clear advice and recommendations"

Chambers & Partners, 2018

Once described by Chambers & Partners as 'an old head on young shoulders', Edward Brown is a partner in our pension team. Hogan Lovells (previously Lovells) born and bred, Edward trained at the firm, qualified in 2005, and became a partner on 1 January 2013.  Edward has helped clients structure and manage liability management exercises (like PIEs and ETVs), make benefit changes to their schemes and negotiate actuarial valuations. Clients have appreciated Edward's advice when schemes are under investigation by the Pensions Regulator, or navigating their way into the Pension Protection Fund. 

Edward has particular in-depth knowledge in longevity transactions for pension schemes, and works with our insurance practice to provide a holistic service to clients on the pensions/insurance interface. He has also advised employers on how to manage their pension liabilities on corporate reorganisations, purchases or disposals, or where companies are in financial distress.  Edward has assisted clients involved in court proceedings including litigation in the English and European courts, and the Pensions Regulator Determinations Panel.

Edward has particular experience advising clients with public sector guarantees (or who wish to obtain one) and advises public international organisations on pension issues.

Clients appreciate Edward's pragmatic and sensible approach, and ability to complete projects in a cost-efficient manner.

Edward is committed to training and mentoring of junior lawyers.  In January 2018 Edward was appointed Hogan Lovells' lead in relation to the Solicitors Qualification Examination - the new process by which people can qualify as solicitors - and is working with the graduate recruitment team and external stakeholders on developing Hogan Lovells' response to this initiative. He is joint partner-lead for the London mentoring programme.  Edward is a member of the graduate recruitment interview panel, and mentors 3 lawyers and 4 trainees.

Awards and recognitions

2018

Chambers & Partners, Pensions

Education and admissions

Education

M.A., University of Oxford

University of Oxford, Brasenose College

Memberships

Association of Pension Lawyers

Society of Pension Professionals

Related practices

Pensions

Representative experience

Advising the trustee of the £38bn BT Pension Scheme negotiate its 2014 actuarial valuation with British Telecommunications.

Advising Royal Mail Group on changing from a final salary to career average accrual and documenting the first split benefits regime for a major UK pension scheme.

Acting for Tomkins plc in connection with the merger of five pension schemes within its corporate group and subsequent document consolidation and re-write.

Advising the trustee of the Pilkington Superannuation Scheme on entering into a longevity insurance contract with L&G.

Advising ITV plc on its pension scheme entering into a longevity swap with Credit Suisse.

Advising the lenders to a group in financial difficulty on implementing a s.75 debt compromise and the scheme's entry into the Pension Protection Fund.

Advising ITV plc on various liability management exercises including a PIE and ETV.

Advising the trustees of the Audit Commission Pension Scheme in documenting and negotiating with the Government a bespoke guarantee.

Advising a public international organisation on the options for changing its provision of pension benefits.

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