Jessica Kerslake


Jessica has over 18 years’ experience advising the trustees and sponsors of some of the largest UK pension funds on every aspect of UK pension provision. 

She also advises several large UK companies on their pension strategy and on transactions where there is a pension scheme in scope.

Jessica has significant experience advising on member and adviser disputes, governance and regulation (including the UK pensions regulator’s powers), large scale rectification exercises, transactions, liability management, benefit designs and risk transfer. Jessica sits on the Legal Panel for the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association and regularly advises on policy and regulation.

Jessica also has a particular specialism in pensions tax law and she provides annual pensions tax training through the Association of Pensions Lawyers.


Representative matters

A financial institution on its strategic partnership with Schroders in the wealth, investment and financial planning sector. The parties will enter into an alliance to create a market-leading wealth management proposition which will combine the financial institution’s significant client base, multi-channel distribution and digital capabilities with Schroders’ investment and wealth management expertise and technology capabilities.

AGA Rangemaster on the GBP129m recommended cash offer by the Middleby Corporation for the entire issued share capital of AGA Rangemaster.

United Glass Pension Plan Trustee on ongoing general pensions advice.

ICI Pensions Trustee on general day to day, project and technical pensions advice.

Pro bono

Jessica has a particular interest education and diversity initiatives. She assists with the firm's “Smart Start” programme and has run several diversity events with students in local schools.

Jessica sits on the board of advisers to the Fair Education Alliance.

Jessica sponsors the firms relationship with the Schools Consent Project.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker at the Association of Pensions Lawyers Conference, November 2022
  • Frequent speaker at Society of Professional Pensions annual conference

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Pension Lawyers
  • Co-Chair of A&O’s Black lawyers Affinity Group
  • Legal advisory committee of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association
Knows our scheme backwards, is very proactive, and has a very good style in terms of explaining things clearly.
Legal 500 UK 2019
Jessica is a star. She communicates complex details succinctly. Her very key strength is her communication skills.
Chambers UK 2019



Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2006


BA, Law, Reading University, 2003
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.