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Alice Kinder

Associate

Associate in the employment and pensions team

My role

I am an associate in the employment and pensions team and advise on all aspects of employment and pensions law. I support a range of charitable, commercial and public sector organisations as well as private individuals. I have a particular interest in working with social businesses and other organisations who aspire to become more values-driven. I aim to provide clear advice in order to assist clients with their strategic goals.

My experience

I have experience advising on a variety of employment and pensions issues. My employment experience ranges from bringing and defending Employment Tribunal claims to assisting with day-to-day HR matters, such as policies and procedures, changes to terms and conditions, and disciplinaries. I regularly advise on the TUPE and pensions implications of procurement and the terms of associated service contracts. I have significant experience of dealing with pension disputes on behalf of individuals, employers and pension funds, particularly those involving public sector schemes. I assist employer clients to manage the risks associated with their pension provision.

I also work with organisations who are looking to revise their employment and pensions strategy to enable them to operate in a more ethical way. This could include facilitating the recruitment and inclusion of underrepresented groups, developing a community volunteering programme, and considering the ethics of their pension investments. Alongside my role at Anthony Collins Solicitors, I sit on Birmingham Law Society’s Equality and Diversity Committee and I am chair of the Birmingham Law Society Social Mobility Sub-Committee. I am also a national social mobility ambassador for The Law Society. I, therefore, have substantial practical experience which I am able to share. I have most recently been appointed as Birmingham Law Society’s Deputy Vice President.

My specialisms

  • Public sector pensions
  • Pension disputes
  • Employment tribunal claims
  • Values driven business
  • Equality, diversity and social mobility

Blog


My latest articles

Menopause at work – a culture shift?

Much has been done over the last 12 months to shake off the taboo of discussing menopause and its symptoms, especially within the workplace.

Pensions: the employer’s duty to inform its employees
Pensions: the employer’s duty to inform its employees

What is the extent of an employer’s duty of care to its employees, as pension scheme members, to inform them of their rights as members of the scheme?

Pensions and coronavirus #2
Pensions and coronavirus #2

Employers and pension funds must continue to do the following; pay benefits, make employer contributions, support savers and be alert for scams.

Government’s written statement on McCloud
Government’s written statement on McCloud

What does the Government’s written statement on steps to take in wake of the Court of Appeal’s judgment in McCloud mean for employers?

Pensions and coronavirus #1
Pensions and coronavirus #1

As some of us bemoan the withdrawal of one daily episode of the Archers, it is a reminder that no industry will be untouched by the Coronavirus and its effects.  The pensions industry is no exception.

Local Government Pension Scheme – Pensions Regulator finds room for improvement
Local Government Pension Scheme – Pensions Regulator finds room for improvement

The engagement report found four key areas for improvement; key person risk, pension board management, protecting members from scams and handling employer-related risks.

Ill-health early retirement – Council’s inactivity found to be “tantamount to maladministration”
Ill-health early retirement – Council’s inactivity found to be “tantamount to maladministration”

A local authority recently received a "roasting" by the Pensions Ombudsman for their delay in processing an employee’s ill-health retirement pension, following her diagnosis with advanced cancer.

Employment status… where are we?
Employment status… where are we?

The gig economy, the tensions between it, and our more established ways of working are rarely far from the news these days.