Pensions in East Anglia

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP‘s pensions practice is namely led from Birmingham. From the firm’s Norwich office, consultant and pensions specialist Laura Sayer is the key name; Sayer sits on both the panel for the East Anglia Committee of the Pensions Management Institute and on the public sector sub-committee of the Association of Pension Lawyers. She is a key adviser to both public and private sector clients, and notably recently acted for Trustees of the Hypoguard (UK) Limited Pension Plan on complex negotiations with the overseas parents of the UK sponsor. Additionally, she continues to advise numerous NHS Trusts on dealing with the HR and retention issues of staff who are eligible to join the NHS Pension Scheme from the first day of their employment.

Other key lawyers:

Laura Sayer

Key clients

The Trustee of the Cambridge Colleges Superannuation Fund

The Trustee of the Cambridge University Associates’ Contributory Pension Fund

The Trustee of the Pointing Limited Pension Fund

The Trustee of the Tindle Newspapers Defined Benefit Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advised the Trustee of four defined benefit schemes on a large scale project that will result in the buy-in of the liabilities of all of the schemes.
  • Advised the Trustee of the Tindle Newspapers Limited Pension Schemes on repayment of an underpayment of benefits arising out of the equalisation of pension benefits dating back to the 1990s.
  • Advised a consortium of NHS Trusts in respect of a new proposal to allow employees to split their contracts into two in order to reduce the level of contributions paid to the NHS Pension Scheme.

HCR Hewitsons

HCR Hewitsons' pensions team is known for its ‘good knowledge and ability to find a reliable answer or solution quickly‘. The firm’s dedicated pensions partner is Christopher Nuttall, who works mainly from Cambridge and the firm’s Central England office; Nuttall is praised for ‘explaining problems and solutions with clarity and in a prompt way'. He frequently acts for both employers and trustees of private sector occupational pension schemes throughout the country and across a wide-range of business sectors. The practice also has significant experience in public sector pensions work. Notably, the team recently assisted the Trustee of the Velux Co. Ltd. Retirement Benefits Scheme with an exercise to pension benefits for former employees, to determine if they may be entitled to additional pension benefits.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Nuttall


‘Very responsive and prompt with work, particularly when timescales and project deadlines are approaching. This level of responsiveness was extremely reassuring and provides a positive, engaging and pleasant client experience. Good communication within the firm across different teams e.g. with commercial advice.’

‘Good knowledge and ability to find a reliable answer or solution quickly. Explaining problems and solutions with clarity and in a prompt way – Christopher Nuttall.’

‘The key for me and my colleagues is that HCR provide great support to us, with pragmatic, timely and realistically priced advice.’

‘Our main contact, Chris Nuttall, provides excellent support across a number of our schemes and looks to provide efficiencies if an issue translates across more than one scheme.’

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

  • Advising the trustee of the Velux Co. Ltd. Retirement Benefit Scheme on a project to bring membership data up-to-date and to clarify the benefits payable under the rules to ensure good member outcomes.
  • Advising trustees on the impact of corporate restructurings on the legal aspects of the employer covenant, supporting their schemes and negotiating appropriate mitigation for any detriment caused to the scheme.
  • Working on risk transfer exercises of over £200m for trustees with buyout providers.