Rachel Rawnsley > Addleshaw Goddard > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Addleshaw Goddard

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Partner advising corporate clients and trustees on all aspects of ongoing pension schemes and advising on independent trusteeships (both ongoing and statutory trusteeships dealing with schemes in winding up); specialising in advising pension providers, employers and trustees on all legal aspects of trusteeship and compliance with the regulatory regime, and the Pensions legislation; advice in relation to pension scheme documentation; dealing with the regulatory authorities including the Pensions Regulator, the Inland Revenue and the Pensions Ombudsman.


Articled Allen & Overy, London; qualified 1989; Allen & Overy 1989-92; Addleshaw Booth & Co (now Addleshaw Goddard) 1993-97; partner 1997 to date; director – Sovereign Trustees Limited.


Association of Pension Lawyers; National Association of Pension Funds.


Cambridge University (1986 MA Law).

Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Human resources > Pensions

(Hall of Fame)

Rachel RawnsleyAddleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard‘s pensions group advises on a broad variety of pensions matters ranging from pension products to pensions liberation and fraud, independent trustee work and pension buyin and buyout work; its client roster encompasses a combination of blue-chip corporates, regional businesses and trustee boards. The group is jointly led by national practice head Rachel Rawnsley, who has particular expertise in the utilities, energy, universities and building society sectors; Jade Murray, who advises on self-invested personal pensions and small self-administered schemes; and Rachel Uttley, who is a name to note for pension buyin and buyout transactions.

London > Human resources > Pensions (non-contentious)

The pensions team at Addleshaw Goddard has a strong trustee support offering, advising on member complaints, scheme mergers and amendments, interpreting scheme rules, pension winding up applications, scheme closures and administrator changes. The practice also advises on the pensions issues of corporate transactions. Contentious issues are covered by the commercial litigation offering with regular mandates including professional negligence claims and pension liberation fraud cases. Catherine McAllister is a key partner in the London office; the Leeds-based Rachel Rawnsley heads the practice nationally.