Joseph Goddard advises private equity funds, companies, investors, lenders, and insurance providers on employment and pensions law in the context of corporate transactions, financings, outsourcings, restructurings, and pension insurance transactions. Mr Goddard has also completed a secondment at a leading bulk annuity insurance provider.

Mr. Goddard advises on the full spectrum of employment and pensions law issues related to transactional structuring and implementation, risk, and potential regulatory sanctions, including:

  • The employment and pensions aspects of corporate transactions
  • Transactional due diligence
  • Recruitment and severance
  • Employee relations and consultation
  • Labor relations and trade union issues
  • Employee transfers
  • Workforce classification issues and restructuring
  • Issues related to the UK Pensions Regulator’s statutory “moral hazard” powers and the powers of UK pension trustees
  • Amendment and restructuring of UK pension arrangements

Mr. Goddard’s recent experience includes advising:

  • An employer client in relation to a bulk annuity transaction and the project to wind-up its defined-benefit pension plan
  • GTCR on the employment and pensions aspects of its acquisition of Once For All, a leading compliance and supply chain management software provider, from Warburg Pincus
  • L’Oréal on the employment and pensions aspects of its acquisition of Aēsop, an Australia-based luxury beauty brand, from Natura & Co
  • Funds managed by Epiris and Astorg on the pensions aspects of the carve-out and separation of Fastmarkets, a UK-based cross-commodity price reporting agency platform, from Delinian
  • Whirlpool Corporation on the pensions aspects of its strategic joint venture with Arçelik A.Ş to create a new standalone business in the European home appliances sector

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)


  • MSc Law, Business and Management, University of Law
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Law
  • BA Ancient History, Durham University

Languages Spoken

  • English