Mrs Jo Ratcliffe > Walker Morris LLP > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Walker Morris LLP
33 Wellington Street
LEEDS
LS1 4DL
England

Work Department

Pensions

Position

Partner and Head of Pensions

Career

Jo is widely recognised for her knowledge of pensions and advises both companies and trustee boards. She is a member of the North East Group of the Association of Pension Lawyers and was formerly chair of the North West Association of Pension Lawyers. She is an elected member to the Association of Pension Lawyers Committee on public sector pensions. Jo has been ranked as a leading pension lawyer in Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession and Legal 500 since 2000.

She has in depth experience of advising both employers and trustees on all types of pensions law including amendments, restructuring, winding up, Pensions Ombudsman claims, outsourcing and PFI, mergers and acquisitions.

Jo acts as lead adviser for a range of pension clients, from FTSE 100 to smaller companies.

She moved to Walker Morris from Addleshaw Goddard where she was head of pensions in Manchester. The reason she chose Walker Morris is because of its unique culture in that partners are expected to actually do the work.

Head of the pensions group Jo Ratcliffe advises clients on a range of matters, such as restructurings, outsourcings and mergers. She is a top choice for clients in both public and private sectors, with sources describing her as “technically very good, incredibly committed, tenacious and practical.”

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Human resources > Pensions

Walker Morris LLP advises its high-profile clients on a range of pensions matters with particular expertise in the privatised utilities sectors including water, electricity, coal, gas and nuclear clients; it also assists charities and not for profits including universities, and public sector clients. Practice head Jo Ratcliffe has specialist TUPE and Beckmann liabilities knowledge, and Gwendoline Davies is highlighted for pensions litigation. Other names to note include directors Craig Looker and Ruth Bamforth; Looker is ‘an excellent, technical lawyer‘ and has particular expertise in employer debt and sex equalisation issues in defined benefit schemes, while Bamforth has experience handling a range of pensions matters, from reorganisations to the winding-up of schemes and regulator interventions.