Firm Profile > Sacker & Partners LLP > London, England

Sacker & Partners LLP
20 GRESHAM STREET
LONDON
EC2V 7JE
England

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 1

Dedicated pensions firm Sacker & Partners LLP has continued to build on its top-tier reputation in the market with an ever-sharpening focus on the environmental, social, and governance issues impacting the sector. Led by senior partner Ian Pittaway, an expert in defined benefit and defined contribution schemes, the firm counts the Bank of England and Nestlé amongst its roster of prestigious clients. Areas of expertise covered include: derisking solutions, billion-pound longevity swaps, buy-ins, IGCs and Mastertrusts. Edward Hayes specialises in corporate change while Janet BrownJacqui Reid and David Saunders advise on DC/DB arrangements. Fuat Sami is the name to note for corporate/project and trustee advisory matters. Contentious matters are overseen by pensions and investment litigation head Peter Murphy, key examples of which include misstatement claims, Part 8 applications and matters of professional negligence. In particular, a key highlight for the team was its representation of the Trustee of the ITV Pension Scheme, a historical issue requiring complex High Court rectification proceedings. James Bingham is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

The ultimate pensions practice. There is nothing they cannot do and everything is done to an exceptional standard. A standout firm in every way with some excellent lawyers and a superb client focused ethic. They go more than the extra mile‘.

An unparalleled depth of knowledge in pensions law and all ancillary areas of law relating to the operation of pension schemes (finance law expertise for parent company guarantees, data privacy expertise, etc). A pragmatic approach at all times‘.

A large team of specialist pensions lawyers across all facets of pensions and adjacent services. Sackers invest their time in the pensions industry, leading on issues that affect trustees and employers – ESG, legislative change, IGCs, Mastertrusts and DB developments. A very strong and diverse team‘.

Highly professional team. All members of the team are engaging and supportive. Always delivers on time with professional expertise both legal and pension wise‘.

David Saunders is nice, humorous and was sharp in identifying strategic barriers to achieving our goals‘.

David Saunders is respected by all the fund trustees for his sector knowledge, sound business advice and common sense approach. It is the last quality that makes him different from others in the sector in my experience‘.

Fuat Sami is our main point of contact. His expertise his highly valued within our company and we not hesitate to go to him personally or to recommend him or Sackers to others‘.

Janet Brown is pragmatic and down to earth‘.

Key clients

National Grid UK Pension Scheme

HSBC Bank (UK) Pension Scheme

Nestlé UK Pension Fund

TfL Pension Fund

John Lewis Partnership Trust for Pensions

Bank of England Staff Pension Fund

DHL Group Retirement Plan

GSK Pensions Scheme

Thomson Reuters pension schemes

Airways Pension Scheme (APS)

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 1

Dedicated pensions firm Sacker & Partners LLP has continued to build on its top-tier reputation in the market with an ever-sharpening focus on the environmental, social, and governance issues impacting the sector. Led by senior partner Ian Pittaway, an expert in defined benefit and defined contribution schemes, the firm counts the Bank of England and Nestlé amongst its roster of prestigious clients. Areas of expertise covered include: derisking solutions, billion-pound longevity swaps, buy-ins, IGCs and Mastertrusts. Edward Hayes specialises in corporate change while Janet BrownJacqui Reid and David Saunders advise on DC/DB arrangements. Fuat Sami is the name to note for corporate/project and trustee advisory matters. Contentious matters are overseen by pensions and investment litigation head Peter Murphy, key examples of which include misstatement claims, Part 8 applications and matters of professional negligence. In particular, a key highlight for the team was its representation of the Trustee of the ITV Pension Scheme, a historical issue requiring complex High Court rectification proceedings. James Bingham is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

One of the best, if not the best, pension law firms in the country‘.

The team provides an excellent dispute resolution service which covers the full breadth of contentious activities – High Court applications, regulatory investigations and proceedings, investment-related claims, professional negligence claims and mediations, and Pensions Ombudsman and Financial Ombudsman complaints. The team provides an all-round, in depth service, taking a broad and commercial to all issue all angles and working as a seamless team with the firm’s class-leading non-contentious pensions group.’

The service I receive from Sackers is excellent. They respond quickly and efficiently to my requests and provide detailed but easy to understand explanations‘.

They have a quick and able grasp of complex matters, the ability to move seamlessly from advisory team to dispute resolution team, and a high degree of pragmatism and commercialism‘.

Peter Murphy is pragmatic and solutions-driven. He is always calm and assured in the way he supports his clients and deals with other parties – Peter is a pleasure to work with‘.

Peter Murphy and James Bingham are both lovely to deal with and take a sensible commercial approach to their cases‘.

James Bingham is very personable and particularly strong on Ombudsman issues‘.

Key clients

HSBC Bank Pension Trust (UK) Limited

British Medical Association

ITV Pension Scheme Limited

Lloyds Bank Pension Trustee Limited

Trustees of the Arup UK Pension Scheme

John Lewis Partnership Trust for Pensions

Trustees of the Citi pension schemes

People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals

Trustee of the TfL Pension Fund

Honda Motor Europe Limited

The firm:  Sackers is a top tier commercial law firm specialising in advising pension scheme trustees, employers, providers and corporate investors on all aspects of their pension arrangements.

Widely viewed as leaders in the field, we advise more of the UK’s top 200 pension funds than any other law firm and have been consistently ranked in the top tier for pensions by both leading UK legal directories (The Legal 500 and Chambers UK) for over twenty years.

We provide high quality advice and service to trustee boards, sponsoring employers, providers and government bodies across a broad range of areas. This includes funding and investment, contingent assets and covenant support, managing liabilities, corporate support, governance, risk and operations.

We were named Pensions Law Firm of the Year for the second year running at Pensions Age Awards 2020.

Principal areas of work: The firm is entirely devoted to meeting the needs of its pension clients. Sackers advises over 450 occupational pension schemes of all sizes and structures across a broad range of sectors and retains key employer appointments on both an advisory and project basis, as well as advising providers, master trusts and IGCs.

Whilst other firms have litigators, banking, investment and tax lawyers who ‘do some pensions work’, Sackers has specialist teams who spend all their time on pensions work. Pensions litigators advise on issues such as rectification equalisation and investment claims. Banking and finance lawyers advise on a wide range of funding and security structures including contingent assets, guarantees, escrow accounts and asset-backed funding structures. Investment lawyers advise on all the key derisking solutions including LDI and CDI strategies, buy-ins, buy-outs and longevity transactions, DC asset security and fund reviews and the full range of alternative investment structures. They also offer expert advice on the impact of ESG factors in pension scheme investing.

More information about who we are and what we do can be found at our website www.sackers.com

Department Name Email Telephone
Pensions Ian Pittaway
Pensions Pauline Sibbit
Pensions David Saunders
Pensions Peter Murphy
Photo Name Position Profile
 Helen Baker  photo Helen Baker Helen is a partner with substantial experience in advising trustees, employers and…
 Helen Ball  photo Helen Ball Helen is a partner advising trustees, employers and providers on all aspects…
 Michaela Berry  photo Michaela Berry Michalea heads the firm’s Public Sector team, where she advises both local…
 James Bingham  photo James Bingham James is a partner in our specialist pensions litigation team. His practice…
 Janet Brown  photo Janet Brown Janet advises both trustees and employers, large and small, of both defined…
 Claire Carey  photo Claire Carey Claire is a partner and head of the firm’s Know-how team. Claire’s…
 Vicky Carr  photo Vicky Carr Vicky is a partner and banking and finance specialist with over 15…
 Philippa Connaughton  photo Philippa Connaughton Philippa acts for both corporate clients and trustee boards on the whole…
 Ian Cormican  photo Ian Cormican Ian is a partner with a wide range of experience advising trustees…
 Eleanor Daplyn  photo Eleanor Daplyn Eleanor is a partner who advises a wide range of trustee and…
 Faith Dickson  photo Faith Dickson Faith is a partner who advises both trustees and employers on a…
 Lucy Dunbar  photo Lucy Dunbar Lucy advises trustees and employers on a wide range of defined benefit…
 Emily Forrest  photo Emily Forrest Partner with broad pensions experience. Emily has been involved in a number of…
 Edward Hayes  photo Edward Hayes Edward has built a strong specialist expertise and knowledge base in all…
 Tom Jackman  photo Tom Jackman Tom advises both employers and trustees, with a particular focus on transactions…
 Georgina Jones  photo Georgina Jones Georgina is a partner in the firm’s Know-how team, which works to…
 Ferdy Lovett  photo Ferdy Lovett Ferdy advises clients from a wide range of industries and acts for…
 Ralph McClelland  photo Ralph McClelland Partner and finance and investment specialist with 9 years’ experience in the pensions…
 Peter Murphy  photo Peter Murphy Peter is head of Pensions & Investment Litigation and has over 20…
 Stuart O’Brien  photo Stuart O’Brien Partner with experience of a broad range of pension related matters, advising employers…
 Paul Phillips  photo Paul Phillips Partner and head of the firm’s finance and investment group. He has…
 Ian Pittaway  photo Ian Pittaway Ian is the firm’s senior partner. He has decades of experience advising…
 Jacqui Reid  photo Jacqui Reid Partner and specialist pensions lawyer with over 15 years’ experience of advising…
 Fuat Sami  photo Fuat Sami Partner who advises trustees and employers of pension schemes (big and small)…
 David Saunders  photo David Saunders David has experience of a wide range of pension issues advising both…
 Pauline Sibbit  photo Pauline Sibbit As a partner for over 25 years, Pauline has a strong specialist…
 Joanna Smith  photo Joanna Smith Joanna is an experienced pensions lawyer, advising employer and trustee clients in…
 Sarah Tier  photo Sarah Tier Partner with extensive experience of advising both public sector schemes and former…
 Claire Van Rees  photo Claire Van Rees Partner advising trustee and employer clients on a wide range of pensions…
Number of UK partners : 29
Number of other UK fee-earners : 33
English

We have maintained our focus on diversity and inclusion throughout 2021. We now have three partners who act as diversity and inclusion champions within the firm. They and the D&I committee meet regularly to ensure our policies and practices are kept under review, and to identify areas of priority, so that we can continue to improve our employment offering. Areas of priority include gender, work-life balance, wellbeing, family friendly policies, disability, social mobility and ethnicity.

Sackers has a good diversity track record in a number of areas  – we’ve had equal or greater participation of women at all levels for many years for instance and currently almost 60% of our partners are female.  However diversity and inclusion is an ongoing and evolving process and progress must never be taken for granted. There’s no magic formula but we work hard to maintain and raise awareness, to have the right policies and processes in place and to work together as a firm to take positive action.

We’re a relatively small firm and as a niche practice we can’t take on trainee solicitors, which makes it difficult to take direct action to address the under-representation of ethnic minorities in the law. We are always looking out for what we can do though. We participate in the Black Interns Matter programme with members of the firm acting as mentors as well as being sponsors of the Law Society’s Diversity Access scheme which provides LPC funding and work experience for students who have experienced barriers to entering the legal profession.

We also support a number of other social mobility initiatives, including working with schools in Tower Hamlets to provide students with interview practice. This helps improve employability, particularly for students who are often the first generation in their family to attend higher education. The firm has also provided work experience to students from inner city comprehensive schools.

Diversity and inclusion is a longstanding part of our culture at Sackers. We believe passionately that our staff will be most successful when they bring their authentic selves to work and that, in turn, our firm and its client offering will be successful too. We seek to create an environment where everyone feels included and their talents and contributions are valued. This not only enables people to achieve their full potential but also helps us provide the best service to our diverse client base.