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ARC Pensions Law

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Leeds, London

Anna Copestake

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ARC Pensions Law

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Anna is a Partner at ARC Pensions Law and advises sponsors and trustees on all aspects of DB and DC arrangements, including governance, funding, benefit redesign, liability management exercises and scheme closures.  In addition to this, she has extensive experience of negotiating commercial documentation, including third party administrator agreements. 

She has particular expertise in relation to DC arrangements and master trusts.  Her work includes advising on investment options and without consent switches, asset security and value for money assessments, and regulatory compliance including charge cap and chair’s statement compliance.  She advises schemes on dealings with the Pensions Regulator on all matters.  In the field of master trusts, Anna has experience of setting up new DC master trusts and helping schemes through the authorisation process.  She has recently worked both with master trusts exiting the market under the new legislation, and trustees and employers of DC occupational schemes thinking about winding-up and transferring members into an ongoing master trust.  

Her experience also extends to investment matters, including pooled funds, custody agreements, investment management agreements, and investment platform provider policies. She was on the PLSA’s cross-industry ESG and Stewardship Taskforce that created a practical guide for trustees.  

Anna is a founding member of the Security of DC Assets Working Party, whose guide on asset security is supported by The Pensions Regulator, and a co-founder of NextGen, a new industry body established to promote and encourage the next generation of pension professionals. 

Anna was recognised as ‘Lawyer of the Year’, at the Professional Pensions Women in Pensions Awards 2019.


Jones Day, Associate: 2008-2011; Sacker & Partners LLP, Associate: 2011-2014, Senior Associate: 2014-2016; ARC Pensions Law, Senior Associate: 2016-2017, Partner 2017-present.

Completed secondments at The Pensions Regulator (2010) and the PLSA (2011) (then the NAPF).   Regular industry speaker and contributor to a range of pensions publications.


PLSA Legal Panel, Chair; Association of Pension Lawyers, Investment Committee Member; NextGen, Co-founder and Vice Chair (2018/19); Security of DC Assets Working Party.


King’s College London (LLB, Law)
King’s College London (LLM, Law)

London: Human resources

Pensions (non-contentious)

Within: Next Generation Partners

Anna Copestake - ARC Pensions Law

Within: Pensions (non-contentious)

Specialist pensions boutique ARC Pensions Law is well-placed to handle all non-contentious issues for trustees, scheme sponsors and other law firms, with an emphasis on occupational defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Anna Rogers is a leading name for defined benefit wind-up actions, bulk purchase annuity transactions, regulatory audits and scheme demergers, while Rosalind Connor often advises on pensions arrangements for corporate transactions including sales, acquisitions, buy-ins and insolvency. Anna Copestake is a go-to name for scheme restructuring, pensions investment arrangements, liability management, master trusts and governance.

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