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Mills & Reeve LLP is known for handling ‘big-ticket deals at regional prices’ and for providing ‘commercial and pragmatic advice in complex matters with a short timescale’. Clients recommend ‘knowledgeable, proactive and pragmatic’ consultant Laura Sayer who ‘delivers sound, practical advice in a very personable manner’. Sayer joined in 2016 from the London office of Squire Patton Boggs and now leads the pensions team in Norwich. She sits on the East Anglia group committee of the Pensions Management Institute. Associate Alex Kenworthy sits on the public sector sub-committee of the Association of Pension Lawyers. The team is advising the trustees of the J&H Bunn Limited Pension Fund on its documentation and on the validity of scheme amendments made since the 1980s. It is also working with the trustees of the Institute of Incorporated Engineers Pension and Life Assurance Scheme on its buyout. Other clients include the trustees of Farnham Castle Newspapers Limited Pensions and Life Assurance Scheme and C U Pension Trustees Limited.

The ‘excellent’ team at the Cambridge office of Hewitsonsalways provides cost-efficient advice that is clear and unambiguous’. Its specialist pensions team acts for employers and trustees of private sector occupational pension schemes across the UK. It regularly advises on liability management, scheme closures, incentive exercises, scheme mergers, demergers and buyouts. Senior associate and head of pensions Christopher Nuttall is primarily based in Northampton but regularly spends time in Cambridge. Clients note that ‘he is excellent at client relationships, keeps to timescales and follows up to ensure that actions are seen through to completion’. The team’s clients include trustees of the Sortex Final Salary Scheme and trustees of the Superior Pension Fund.

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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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