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London - Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, has appointed Andrew Block as a partner to the Pensions group in London. Andrew was previously a partner at Travers Smith, before that having worked and trained at Linklaters.

Andrew advises on a wide range of issues concerning occupational pension schemes, acting for both employers and trustees. This includes advising on the pensions aspects of corporate acquisitions, outsourcings and disposals; advising on scheme mergers; advising on pension scheme investments; advising on changes to benefits; and advising on the day to day running of pension schemes.

Philippa James, head of Mayer Brown's UK Pensions practice, said: We are delighted that Andrew is joining us. Our clients are facing huge challenges which require increasingly innovative solutions, particularly in the pensions finance area. Andrew has the skills and experience to fit in well to our long established partner team so that we can maintain our strong levels of client service, which is our watchword."

Sean Connolly, senior partner at Mayer Brown in London, said: "We have a first class Pensions practice at Mayer Brown and Andrew further strengthens our offering to clients. He is the latest in several important appointments this year."

Andrew Block said: "I am delighted to join this successful and well-respected practice and am very much looking forward to working with the team."