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Lydia Seymour has a specialist pensions and employment law practice. She has been recognised by the legal directories as a leading junior since 2005 and is listed in both the employment and pensions categories.
Her practice includes all aspects of ‘black letter’ pensions law, including: de-risking, rectification, withdrawal arrangements in multi-employer schemes and trustee duties. Her clients include the Pensions Regulator, employers, trustees, trade unions and individuals.
She is currently acting in a number of claims of professional negligence arising from actuarial and legal advice to pension schemes, including cases in which allegations of breach of duty have also been made in respect of professional or lay trustees.
Given the dual nature of her practice, Lydia has developed a particularly strong reputation in the areas of crossover between pensions and employment law, and she is instructed in many of the leading cases in this area, particularly those which raise issues of age of sex discrimination in relation to pension provision, TUPE and breach of trust and confidence.
She also has substantial experience of statutory schemes and advises regularly on issues relating to the Local Government Pension Scheme, the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, University Superannuation Scheme and the NHS Pension Scheme.
Lydia has wide experience of employment and discrimination cases at all levels, appearing regularly in complex and high profile discrimination matters. She is also regularly instructed in claims arising out of the termination of employment, particularly those raising bonus or restrictive covenant issues.
Lydia has been sitting as a fee paid Employment Judge since 2005. She currently sits in the London South region.
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“A good strategic thinker. She has an amazing ability to distil complex concepts to a digestible form.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2018
“Incredibly thorough and puts everything into the case, leaving no stone unturned.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2018
“She is incredibly thorough, well prepared and always willing to go the extra mile for her clients.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2018
“She is very methodical, very personable and a very good team player.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2018
“She is an excellent advocate, who is incredibly hardworking, strategic and insightful.” Employment, Legal 500 2017
“She is a very good communicator and has the benefit of good experience in both pensions and employment law.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2017
“She manages to translate pension issues into layman’s terms.” Pensions, Chambers & Partners 2017
“She is a good team player who will fight the client’s corner. She is also very thorough.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2017
“She leaves the client with the clear sense that they have had the best possible representation.” Employment, Chambers & Partners 2017
“Quite simply awesome; she combines clear and practical advice with being extremely responsive.” Employment, Legal 500 2016
“Always well-prepared, she’s flexible, unfussy and totally on the ball.” Chambers & Partners 2016
“She is able to instill a high degree of confidence in her clients; she takes account of all of their issues and is able to present them in a very effective way.” Chambers & Partners 2016
“Razor-sharp, with encyclopedic knowledge of the constantly shifting field of employment law.” Legal 500 2015
“Very collegiate and always willing to put herself out.” Chambers & Partners 2015
“She has really good insight into how to present a case effectively, and is very calm even in the most tense situations.” Chambers & Partners 2015
“Fights tooth and nail to enhance her client’s position.” Legal 500 2014
“Thorough, thoughtful and commercial” Chambers & Partners
“Calm, thoughtful and a great advocate.” Chambers & Partners
“Extremely insightful and a very creative thinker” Chambers & Partners