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Addleshaw Goddard

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12004 LEEDS

Rachel Rawnsley

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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).

London: Human resources


Within: Pensions

Addleshaw Goddard fields  'a strong team with a high degree of technical knowledge'. Its pensions expertise encompasses auto-enrolment issues, public sector pension work and pension products with particular expertise in self-invested personal pension (SIPP) and small self-administered scheme (SSAS) products. The national practice is led by Rachel Rawnsley, who 'instils confidence in clients', and includes pension products team head Jade Murray, who is 'always great and an excellent strategist'; Catherine McAllister, who leads the public sector pensions team; Rachel Uttley and Susan Garrett, who is the key name for contentious matters.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources


Within: Leading individuals

Rachel Rawnsley - Addleshaw Goddard

Within: Pensions

Addleshaw Goddard's pensions group represents blue chip corporates, key regional businesses and trustee boards in a range of both contentious and non-contentious matters. Rachel Rawnsley heads the national pensions practice, and is supported by Jade Murray, Susan Garrett and Rachel Uttley in the Yorkshire region. The practice is instructed by Saga plc on a cross-border matter consulting staff on amendments to pension schemes. In another work highlight, the team advised WPP 2005 on the £150m buy-in transaction of all pensioner and deferred liabilities with Pension Insurance Corporation, involving five defined benefit schemes. The team has also been engaged by the trustees of a number of pension schemes to provide data protection advice prior to the implementation of the GDPR. With particular experience in both the education and retail sector, key clients of the group include the trustees of the University of Sheffield and the University of Leeds pension schemes, in addition to the trustees of the Asda Group Pension Scheme and Asda Pension Plan and the Co-operative Group. The team also has experience representing clients in the manufacturing, financial services and institutions, and energy and utilities industries.

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