Suzanne Duff > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
The Spark, Draymans Way
Newcastle Helix
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
NE4 5DE
England

Work Department

Pensions.

Position

Suzanne’s work at the firm has been varied, including liability management exercises (scheme closures, modifying accrual, implementing cash balance schemes, buy in and buy out annuity policies), merger projects, advising on corporate restructuring for employers in financial difficulties, clearance applications for merger and acquisition work, scheme documentation projects, pension ombudsman claims and other litigation matters. Her regulatory expertise has been of significant use to many of the team’s company and trustee clients and she works closely with the firm’s Corporate Recovery Team on matters which may involve the Pension Protection Fund.

Career

Prior to her career in law Suzanne worked in healthcare as a biochemist and in the chemical industry as a research and development chemist. Qualified 1999 with Addleshaw Booth and Co; joined the Pensions Regulator in 2000; seconded to the DWP in 2003; joined Dickinson Dees in 2006; partner, Dickinson Dees 2009; partner, Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.

Memberships

Associate of the Pensions Management Institute, Member of the Association of Pension Lawyers.

Lawyer Rankings

North > Employment > Pensions

(Leading individuals)

Suzanne DuffWomble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

The Newcastle-based team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides its diverse and national client base with ‘down to earth, commercial advice’. The practice is able to benefit from its links to regulatory bodies as well as its reputation in the field of public and voluntary sector pensions. Martin Poore leads the practice- experienced in the field, his expertise ranges from scheme restructuring to legislative compliance. Key practitioner Suzanne Duff advises sponsors and trustees on a variety of issues surrounding occupational pension schemes.

London > Employment > Pensions (non-contentious)

Clients appreciate that the pensions lawyers at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLPseek to solve problems and work collaboratively with co-advisers‘. The group has well-rounded expertise in pensions issues facing trustees, providers, insurers and sponsoring employers. Martin Poore heads the Newcastle-based department, drawing on specialisms in interpretation of scheme rules, legislative compliance, scheme and corporate sponsor restructuring and liability management. Suzanne Duff  advises trustees ad sponsors on all aspects of occupational pension schemes, as well as handling contentious issues, while Bristol’s Tracy Walsh  stands out for her experience in advising on the structure of scheme mergers, and negotiating scheme closures and benefit redesigns.