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Doug Mullen

Partner

Partner in the pensions and employment team

My role

I am a partner in the pensions and employment team. I lead our pensions advice, and provide strategic employment advice. I support a range of not for profit, charitable and commercial organisations and have been appointed to the Association of Pension Lawyers’ public sector committee. I aim to understand what my clients need and provide practical, commercial solutions to legal issues which are tailored to their needs and presented in a clear, straightforward way.

My experience

I have substantial experience in a wide range of different areas including particular expertise in advising on the employment and pensions implications of outsourcing arrangements. I regularly advise on public sector pension schemes, changing terms and conditions, TUPE and the National Minimum Wage, supporting housing and social care providers and local government organisations.

“He has sound knowledge of the area and is good on both defined contribution and defined benefit schemes.” Chambers and Partners, 2021

My specialisms

  • Pensions
  • TUPE
  • Change programmes – redundancy and terms and conditions
  • National Minimum Wage

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My latest articles

A challenge to the closure of legacy public sector pension schemes dismissed
A challenge to the closure of legacy public sector pension schemes dismissed

The High Court has dismissed a challenge by the Police Superintendents’ Association to the closure of legacy public sector pension schemes.

Local government pension scheme and academies: You shall not pass!
Local government pension scheme and academies: You shall not pass!

A pass-through agreement is and common way for academies to share the risks of participation in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) when outsourcing services.

Employer justified compulsory retirement – should you ever bank on it?

Two cases, each disputing a university’s justified retirement age, each bought by white, male professors pushing 70 years old but prompting diametrically opposed tribunal decisions.

Draft collective money purchase scheme regulations
Draft collective money purchase scheme regulations

The Government has started consultation on the regulations providing the detailed framework for collective money purchase pension schemes.

Phased withdrawal from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme
Phased withdrawal from the Teachers’ Pension Scheme

The Government has brought forward draft laws to allow independent schools to close the Teacher’s Pension Scheme to new joiners but to allow existing members to continue.

Retrospective amendments to the Local Government Pension Scheme exit credits
Retrospective amendments to the Local Government Pension Scheme exit credits

The High Court has ruled that retrospective changes to the LGPS exit credits regime were lawful – and gave some helpful guidance around the new discretion to pay an exit credit.

Will it all end in McTears?
Will it all end in McTears?

The last 12 months have seen changes to our society, not experienced since the upheaval and loss of the world wars last century.

What’s new? An overview of the Pension Schemes Act 2021
What’s new? An overview of the Pension Schemes Act 2021

On 11 February 2021, the Pension Schemes Act 2021 was given royal assent, setting out a framework for several major changes that will certainly be of interest to employers and pension funds alike.

If the cap doesn’t fit: government backtracks on exit payments
If the cap doesn’t fit: government backtracks on exit payments

On 4 November 2020, the Restriction of Public Exit Payments Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) came into force; exit payments for the public sector were capped at £95,000.

LGPS: new flexibilities on extra payments and contributions
LGPS: new flexibilities on extra payments and contributions

Government regulations came into force on 23 September 2020 providing LGPS (local government pension scheme) employers with flexibility on meeting exit payments and LGPS funds with flexibility too