Catherine McAllister > Addleshaw Goddard > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department



Partner specialising in all aspects of pensions advisory and transactional work, advising trustees and sponsoring employer (companies and LLPs). Advisory experience includes interpretation, consolidations, establishing schemes and new benefit sections, scheme mergers and sectionalisation, and investment documentation, as well as day to day issues including compliance in particular with the Finance Act, Pensions Act and date protection. Transactional experience includes corporate reorganisations, LLP conversions and share sales including advising on negotiations with trustees over funding implications and seeking Pensions Regulator clearance.


Trained McGrigor Donald; qualified Scotland 1994, England and Wales 1996; in-house lawyer Standard Life 1994-95; associate, then senior associate Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 1996-2007; partner Addleshaw Goddard 2007.


Association of Pension Lawyers; Chair of the Legal and Parliamentary Committee.


Bronksome Hall school, Toronto; McGill University (1987 BEng); University of Edinburgh (1992 LLB).


Family, cinema, walking.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Pensions (non-contentious)

(Leading individuals)

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Clients see the pensions lawyers at Addleshaw Goddard as ‘excellent, considered and thoughtful‘, advising employers, trustees, representative beneficiaries and pensions professionals on the spectrum of pensions issues, including public sector scheme issues and scheme investments. Rachel Rawnsley heads the national pensions practice, while the London team is headed by Catherine McAllister . Judith Donnelly is the name to note for public sector pensions.

London > Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution

Addleshaw Goddard‘s pensions disputes group is positioned to handle litigation arising out of SIPPs, SSAS and pensions products, as well as instructions related to pensions liberation and fraud. The group is also well-versed in data breach issues relating to pensions. The team is led from Manchester by Susan Garrett (who has ‘the sort of experience you cannot buy‘), who is an expert in professional negligence claims, in addition to pensions liberation and fraud cases, and warranty and indemnity claims. In Leeds, Rachel Uttley focuses on internal dispute resolution procedures and pension ombudsman claims, while Jade Murray, head of the SIPPs and pension products team, acts for trustees and administrators in a variety of contentious issues. Rachel Rawnsley is also in Leeds and has a strong trustee client base and London’s Catherine McAllister is the name to note for court applications seeking directions and rectification.