Recognitions / Rankings
- Best Lawyers in Canada 2016-18 recognizes our lawyers for Employee Benefits Law
- Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 recognizes Lawson Lundell as a leading firm in Pensions & Employee Benefits
- Chambers Global 2017 recognizes Lawson Lundell for Pensions & Benefits
- Chambers Canada 2017 recognizes Lawson Lundell in the Pensions & Benefits (Canada) category
- Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 recognizes Lawson Lundell as a leading firm in Pensions & Employee Benefits
- Chambers Canada 2016 recognizes Lawson Lundell in the Pensions & Benefits (Canada) category
- Chambers & Partners 2015 recognizes Lawson Lundell for Pensions & Benefits
- Chambers Global 2015 recognizes Lawson Lundell for Pensions & Benefits
Pensions and Employee Benefits
Lawson Lundell boasts Western Canada's leading Pensions and Employee Benefits Law Group. The group consists of a core of solicitors practising exclusively in the pensions and benefits law area and a litigation team with an unmatched level of experience conducting pension litigation and defending pensions class actions in the courts. When needed the group can call on other lawyers with relevant expertise in related areas such as tax, trust, fiduciary, investment and insurance matters affecting pensions and benefit plans.
Pensions and employee benefits law is a specialized area of law focused on providing advice and solutions on issues arising out of different kinds of plans and programs that employers provide for their employees.
- Defined benefit registered pension plans
- Capital accumulation plans (including defined contribution registered pension plans, group RRSPs, and deferred profit sharing plans)
- Supplemental employee retirement plans (or “SERPs”) and retirement compensation arrangements (or “RCAs”)
- Health and welfare trusts
- Group benefits including life, disability and health and dental plans
- Employee incentive plans and bonus plans
- Executive compensation plans and change in control agreements
Our pensions and employee benefits lawyers are specialists in navigating the legal and regulatory hurdles encountered in establishing, governing, managing, communicating, litigating, merging and terminating pensions and employee benefit plans. We are fully conversant with the Income Tax Act and provincial and federal pension standards issues facing plan sponsors and administrators. We work closely with decision-makers in the benefits consulting, trust, insurance and investment management businesses. We maintain a broad network of contacts at all levels.
Our Pensions and Employee Benefits Law Group advises numerous Western Canadian employers who sponsor pension and employee benefit plans. We also act for more than 30 boards of trustees of multi-employer pension and health and welfare plans. Our clients are in all sectors of the economy, including resources, financial services, manufacturing and government.