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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:
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

Within: Pensions

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is 'a key player in pensions litigation' and has 'a sophisticated service that puts the client front and centre'. Recent contentious mandates include 'tremendously experienced' pensions litigation head Suzanne Duff acting for IBM in the Court of Appeal in proceedings relating to the employer's duty of good faith. Managing associate Joanna Bromhead is also a key name to note for pensions litigation. On the non-contentious side, Martin Poore leads the group and Tracy Walsh heads up the public and voluntary sector pensions unit. Poore recently assisted Signet Group with the closure of its DB scheme to future accrual and Walsh advised Procter & Gamble on the pension elements of the sale of its beauty brands to Coty. Go-Ahead Group, Carnival and Bellway are also clients.

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North: Human resources

Pensions

Within: Pensions

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‚Äôs wide-ranging contentious and non-contentious pensions law expertise leads to regular instructions from trustees and sponsoring employers of UK pension schemes. The ‚Äėvery knowledgeable‚Äô Suzanne Duff¬†provided IBM with general pensions law advice on its occupational pension plans and workforce restructuring programmes while also acting for the client in a pensions-related Court of Appeal case involving employer‚Äôs duty of good faith. Noted for her expertise in handling pensions-related corporate and outsourcing work, Tracy Walsh¬†has been advising Procter & Gamble on the pension implications of the sale of its beauty brands to Coty which involved the transfer of hundreds of staff in the company‚Äôs largest UK pension scheme, and assisted Accent Housing on pension law matters pertaining to its two-year plan to rationalise the group. ‚ÄėGood communicator and delegator‚Äô Martin Poore¬†heads the team and was retained by the trustees of the Sapa Holdings Limited Pension and Life Assurance Scheme to advise on the employer‚Äôs flexible retirement offer to members and a pension increase exchange offer. Other clients include the Signet Group and the trustee of the Go-Ahead Group Pension Plan.

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