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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

ST ANN'S WHARF, 112 QUAYSIDE, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE1 3DX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0345 415 0000
Fax:
Fax 0344 984 1501
DX:
61191 NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Email:
Web:
www.womblebonddickinson.com

Suzanne Duff

Tel:
Work 0191 279 9014
Email:
Web:
www.womblebonddickinson.com
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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.

Member

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


London: Human resources

Pensions (non-contentious)

Within: Pensions (non-contentious)

Key contentious matters for Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP have seen the pensions team advising representative beneficiaries, trustees and national law firms on matters concerning rectification proceedings, historical drafting errors, professional negligence and GMP equalisation. The non-contentious offering has a scheme sponsor focus (including significant expertise in the public sector), with regular mandates including indexing advice, regulatory driven scheme redesigns, asset-backed funding strategy, insurance buy-ins, contract term negotiations and advising on SSAS and SIPPS schemes. Suzanne Duff and Joanna Bromhead lead the firm's contentious offering, while Martin Poore heads up the overall team.

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Pensions: dispute resolution

Within: Pensions: dispute resolution

Key contentious matters for Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP have seen the pensions team advising representative beneficiaries, trustees and national law firms on matters concerning rectification proceedings, historical drafting errors, professional negligence and GMP equalisation. The non-contentious offering has a scheme sponsor focus (including significant expertise in the public sector), with regular mandates including indexing advice, regulatory driven scheme redesigns, asset-backed funding strategy, insurance buy-ins, contract term negotiations and advising on SSAS and SIPPS schemes. Suzanne Duff and Joanna Bromhead lead the firm's contentious offering, while Martin Poore heads up the overall team.

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North: Human resources

Pensions

Within: Leading individuals

Suzanne Duff - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Within: Pensions

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has contentious and non-contentious expertise, with notable experience in the public and voluntary sector pensions field. The team advises trustees and sponsoring employers of UK pension schemes and is led by Martin Poore, who has a particular focus on corporate and scheme restructuring. His team includes the 'excellent' Tracy Walsh, 'who delivers complex advice in a clear and straightforward way', and Suzanne Duff, who works for a wide range of companies and pension scheme trustees, specialising in regulatory matters. Her non-contentious work is primarily based on advising employers on restructuring their organisations, liability management and winding up pension schemes.

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