Francois Barker

Francois is a partner and head of the Pensions group at Eversheds-Sutherland.

He has 20 years' experience of advising corporate sponsors and pension funds on a varied range of UK and international pensions and benefits issues in relation to both defined benefit and defined contribution arrangements. He is praised by the legal directories for “having an incredible fountain of knowledge in terms of pensions issues and approaching things in a can-do and imaginative way”, for “expressing complex issues in an easy to understand way and getting his arguments across in a compelling manner", and for his “detailed knowledge of the entire regulatory landscape".

Francois is actively involved in the development of pensions law and policy in the UK and Europe, and has helped to shape aspects of both UK and EU pensions legislation. He has advised the CBI's Pensions Panel since 2000, and is an elected member of the Pensions and Lifetime Association's DC Council. He also sits on the DC Standing Committee of Pensions Europe, and the Hundred Group Pensions Committee . He has written many articles on Pensions issues and is co-author of "Tolley's E-Pensions". He is a regular speaker at industry conferences, and is often quoted by the industry press.
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Brexit—the implications for pensions
Practice Note

This Practice Note explains the legal effect of Brexit, the immediate concerns for pension schemes, as well as the wider impact of Brexit on pensions law (including on cross-border pension schemes, insurance-based pension payments, data protection, TUPE, VAT, scheme funding, discrimination, PPF issues and the state pension).

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