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The employment law practice at Mills & Reeve LLP in Norwich works closely with the firm's Birmingham office to provide comprehensive advice on both corporate and public sector pension schemes. It has particular expertise on the Local Government Pension Scheme and the NHS Pension Scheme. Consultant Laura Sayer sits on the East Anglia Committee of the Pensions Management Institute and on the public sector sub-committee of the Association of Pension Lawyers.

Other key lawyers:Laura Sayer

Testimonials

'Mills & Reeve provide a first class service at competitive fee rates. The service is always personal, pragmatic and provides us as a client with real assurance that we are doing the right thing.'

'Laura Sayer is always very prompt with responses to queries and her advice is very clear. Laura takes a commercial and pragmatic approach which means we can deal with issues in a very efficient manner.'

Key Clients

The Trustee of the M&H Staff Pension Plan

The Trustees of the Runwood Homes Retirement Benefits Scheme

The Trustee of the Cambridge Colleges Federations Pension Scheme

The Trustee of the Cambridge University Assistants’ Contributory Pension Scheme

Ipswich Buses

The Trustees of the J&H Bunn Pension Plan

Jesus College

NHS West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

Wisdom Pension Trustees Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a new client on the consolidation of its three final salary schemes in order to achieve economies of scale on advisers’ fees and the administration of the scheme.
  • Advising on an issue arising out of the entity’s former participation in the Local Government Pension Scheme and the accounting treatment of the agreement the entity reached when it left the LGPS.

Head of pensions Christopher Nuttall at Hewitsons works mainly from Northampton but regularly attends the Cambridge office to advise the firm's key clients. The firm acts for employers and trustees of private sector occupational pension schemes throughout the UK and across a wide range of business sectors. It has significant experience in public sector pensions, particularly involving the local government, healthcare and education sectors.

Practice head(s):Christopher Nuttall

Testimonials

"Chris Nuttall  delivers comprehensive advice in a timely manner and strives to deliver a meaningful and helpful service."

Key Clients

Perrys Group Limited

Trustees of the Superior Pension Fund (Greenery UK Limited)

Trustees of the Velux Co. Ltd Retirement Benefits Scheme

Permastore Limited

Biochrom Limited

Trustees of the Jacques Vert Limited Pension Scheme

United Learning Trust

Trustees of the Sortex Final Salary Scheme (Buhler Sortex Limited)

Visit Cambridge & Beyond

Trustees of the AT Oliver & Sons Ltd Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advised Perrys Motor Sales Limited on all pension aspects of the sale to the Snows Motor Group of Fiat, Mazda and Peugeot dealership in Portsmouth.
  • Negotiating parent company support to underpin the sponsoring employer’s obligations.
  • Advising Trustees of the Velux Co. Ltd Retirement Benefits Scheme on the obligations under the new data protection regime provided by the general data protection regulation (GDPR).
  • Advice to Visit Cambridge & Beyond on the use of and drafting cost and risk sharing mechanisms in relation to pensions.
  • Advising Trustees of the Jacques Vert Pension Scheme on and negotiating the securing of benefits in excess of Pension Protection Fund (PPF) levels following the sponsoring employer suffering an insolvency event.

Greenwoods GRM has a specialist pensions consultant in Pauline Anning, who works from both the Peterborough and London offices. She advises on the design, establishment and restructuring of pension arrangements, as well as merging and winding up schemes, negotiating with the Inland Revenue and handling pension-related disputes. Employment practice head John MacAulay and managing partner Robert Dillarstone also handle pensions matters as part of their broader practices.

Practice head(s):John Macaulay; Robert Dillarstone; Pauline Anning

Work highlights

  • Pauline Anning, Consultant, advised a hotel which had established, some time ago, a funded unapproved pension arrangement.
  • Advising a national children’s charity on their pension scheme issues.
  • Pauline Anning, Consultant, advised the trustees of the final salary scheme for a large private school in relation to GDPR.
  • Pauline Anning advised a large manufacturer on how to comply with pension legislation.

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Legal Developments in East Anglia for Pensions

  • Companies should plan now to minimise their pension protection levy

    The amount that pension schemes have to pay to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) for the year 2006/07 may have increased by as much as five times the previous year's levy. Employers who ultimately bear the cost of many pension schemes will need to make plans now to ensure the levy payable for the year 2008/09 is kept to a minimum.
    - Stephenson Harwood

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