Eversheds' failure to pay its staff's pensions contributions may have been just an adminstrative error. But with a firm the size, stature and influence of Eversheds it represents crass negligence in such an emotionally charged area as pensions funds and can only result in seriously damaging its own reputation.
It is most significant that the oversight occurred after the firm had merged with another firm. You would have imagined that a firm like Eversheds which has built its reputation on practice areas such as M&As and pensions work would have been meticulous about its own. It is a salutary lesson for firms involved in the merger frenzy to be more careful pre- and post-merger. After all, if lawyers can't look after their own legal requirements, how can clients be expected to trust them with theirs?