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Nicholas Laird

Counsel, London



Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales


Nicholas joined the Pensions Group at Linklaters in 2007 and has over 10 years’ experience advising employers and trustees on a wide range of pensions issues.

Nicholas’ experience includes advising trustees and employers in relation to scheme mergers, implementing benefit re-design, scheme closures, and scheme funding structures.  Nicholas also advises on all pensions aspects of share and business sales and purchases, and more recently has advised in relation to a very large bulk annuity contract structured as a buy-in initially, and followed by a buy-out.

Nicholas is a committee member of the NAPF South East Group, which he has been involved with for over 10 years, and also is a member of the Society of Pensions Consultants’ PR Committee and Legislation Committee and frequently provides external talks on a variety of issues, including monitoring employer support and pensions aspects of restructurings.

Professional experience

2012 to date Counsel, Linklaters LLP
2007 - 2012 Managing Associate, Linklaters LLP
2002 - 2007 Associate, Sacker & Partners LLP, London


1998 - 1999 The College of Law, London
1995 - 1998 University of Southampton, Politics and Law