Pensions in East Anglia

Mills & Reeve LLP

The pensions practice at Mills & Reeve LLP is led from Birmingham, but the Norwich office is home to key practitioners, among them consultant and pensions specialist Laura Sayer, who is advises clients in both the public and private sectors. She has particular expertise in handling pension schemes in the not-for-profit and education sectors. As well as a strong flow of corporate advisory pensions matters, the firm also acts for a wide range of clients, among them trustees, public sector bodies and private companies on standalone pensions-related matters. It has particular expertise in the Local Government Pension Scheme and the NHS Pension Scheme. ‘The advice is pragmatic, relevant to our scheme and provided promptly‘, remarks one client.

Practice head(s):

Clare Grice

Other key lawyers:

Laura Sayer

Testimonials

‘Advice is pragmatic, relevant to our scheme and provided promptly.’

‘The Mills and Reeve team provide excellent pensions legal advice at a very competitive price. They are always responsive to our queries and proactive when required.’

‘Laura Sayer’s advice is always very clear and she has never sat on the fence. Proposed actions are always well thought through and backed up with sound reasoning. Laura has helped us with some contentious cases and always delivered, which has meant we have always been on the front foot and achieved the best results.’

Key clients

The Trustee of the BST Pension Scheme

The Trustee of the Cambridge Colleges Federated Pension Scheme

The Trustee of the Cambridge University Assistants’ Pension Scheme

The Trustees of the Jarrold & Sons Limited Pension Plan

The Trustee of the R G Carter Pension Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised The Trustee of the Cambridge Colleges Federated Pension Scheme, a long-standing client of the pensions team, on all day-to-day advisory work and most significant projects.
  • Advised The Trustee of the R G Carter Pension Fund, a long-standing client of the pensions team, on all day-to-day advisory work and most significant projects.
  • Advised The Trustee of the BST Pension Scheme in respect of a contentious part 8 application to the High Court.

HCR Hewitsons

HCR Hewitsons, the local name for the firm created by the merger of Hewitsons and Harrison Clark Rickerbys, has a dedicated pensions partner in Christopher Nuttall, who works predominantly in Cambridge and the firm's Central England office. ‘His advice is comprehensive and detailed, yet he couples this with pragmatic approach to help clients achieve outcomes without incurring unnecessary expense‘, remarks one client. The firm ‘continues to provide a pragmatic, responsive and proactive cost-effective service‘, says another. The specialist pensions practice acts for employers and trustees of private sector occupational pension schemes throughout the UK and across a wide range of business sectors. Among its clients are United Learning Trust and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Nuttall

Testimonials

‘HCR Hewitsons continues to provide a pragmatic, responsive and proactive cost-effective service; they are clearly a firm that values their clients.’

‘I deal with Chris Nuttall (and have for many years) – his advice is comprehensive and detailed, yet he couples this with pragmatic approach to help clients achieve outcomes without incurring unnecessary expense.’

‘Excellent service, knowledgeable, pragmatic, and very competitive fees. There are signs the recent merger with HCR has strengthened the practice through collaboration including across disciplines.’

‘I have known Chris Nuttall for many years and he has helped many of my clients. Chris will go the extra mile and is always available if something urgent comes up. Chris has helped clients navigate what is an increasingly complex area of regulations across a variety of projects. Chris is happy to provide opinion on small queries as well as big projects.’

Key clients

Biochrom Limited

T Groocock & Co (Rothwell) Limited

Permastore Limited

Trustees of the Velux Co. Ltd Retirement Benefits Scheme

United Learning Trust

Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Trustees of the Superior Pension Fund (Greenery UK Limited)

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

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

Perrys Group Limited

Morris Education Trust (Eastern Learning Alliance)

C Walton Limited

Upshot Systems CIC

Work highlights

  • Working with trustees on GMP equalisation and other exercises to bring member data up to date, clarifying the benefits in the scheme rules, making sure that the records tie in with the rules and that benefits are paid in accordance with them.
  • Negotiating the transfer of a building society’s defined benefit pension scheme to a master trust arrangement to ease the governance burden and continue to provide a good service to members.
  • Advising trustees on the impact of corporate events on the legal aspects of the covenant supporting the scheme and negotiating appropriate mitigation for the detriment to the scheme.