04 November 2016

Pensions expert joins Knights as demand in the sector soars

A Pensions law specialist with more than 12 years’ experience has joined Knights.

Philip Woolham who joins Knights as a partner will lead the new pensions team, formed in response to the surge in demand for specialist pension law advice.

Philip said: “Pensions is an incredibly hot topic.  For employers, getting it wrong can be very expensive and for employees there are life-changing consequences if pensions aren’t properly considered.

“The demand for pension advice is growing enormously. People are living longer, legal obligations are changing for businesses of all sizes – particularly following auto-enrolment of workplace pensions - and they also have a huge impact of corporate transactions and acquisitions.”

Having worked at a number of leading law firms, Philip has extensive expertise across multiple sectors including public, private and third sector organisations, as well as specific knowledge in advising schools when transferring to academy status.

“There are a number of risks and pitfalls when it comes to pension schemes, which is why professional advice is crucial for businesses and individuals,” continued Philip.

“I’m really looking forward to growing the pensions team at Knights to help provide a more rounded service to clients and attract new clients to Knights. The integrated approach across the six regional offices makes Knights a brilliant place to work and develop your career. Knights is going places and I am excited to be part of it.”

Knights is the fastest-growing regional professional services business and recently secured a multi-million pound investment from Permira Debt Managers (PDM), the debt management and advisory arm of Permira. In less than six months Knights smashed its target to recruit 100 new professionals in 2016 and is rapidly expanding its offering on non-legal professional services.

Knights’ CEO David Beech said: “2016 has been an important year for Knights as we focus on extending our current client offering to include specialist and non-law services. Our culture and alternative business structure is helping us attract talented lawyers like Philip.”

Knights’ unique business model, providing high-quality services from regional centres, has allowed it to grow rapidly to 500 staff operating from six regional offices in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Chester, Cheltenham, Derby, Hale and Oxford.