ASB Law raids A&O for new pensions head

South East firm ASB Law has poached pensions specialist Martin McFall from Allen & Overy (A&O) as its new head of pensions.

McFall, who joins as a partner, is charged with strengthening ASB’s pensions team. He replaces John Hamilton who left for South East rival Blake Lapthorn Linnell, along with solicitor Rupert Graham-Evans, in June.

As well as general pensions law, McFall will also advise on the pensions aspects of corporate transactions and outsourcing. He was previously an associate at A&O.

Senior partner Russel Bell said the hire marked a new emphasis on pension for the firm. “So many transactions we are undertaking in finance and many other areas have pensions aspects to them, and we giving advice to trustees as well as to the funds themselves,” he said.

“We are trying to build our understanding of a more and more important area of law for a firm specialising in corporate work like ourselves.”

McFall will be based at the firm’s office in Crawley, Sussex.