Partner in the pensions and employment team
I am a partner in the pensions and employment team. I lead our pensions advice, and provide strategic employment advice. I support a range of not for profit, charitable and commercial organisations and have been appointed to the Association of Pension Lawyers’ public sector committee. I aim to understand what my clients need and provide practical, commercial solutions to legal issues which are tailored to their needs and presented in a clear, straightforward way.
I have substantial experience in a wide range of different areas including particular expertise in advising on the employment and pensions implications of outsourcing arrangements. I regularly advise on public sector pension schemes, changing terms and conditions, TUPE and the National Minimum Wage, supporting housing and social care providers and local government organisations.
"He has sound knowledge of the area and is good on both defined contribution and defined benefit schemes." Chambers and Partners, 2021
The High Court has ruled that retrospective changes to the LGPS exit credits regime were lawful – and gave some helpful guidance around the new discretion to pay an exit credit.
The Government has brought forward draft laws to allow independent schools to close the Teacher’s Pension Scheme to new joiners but to allow existing members to continue.
The Government has started consultation on the regulations providing the detailed framework for collective money purchase pension schemes.
On 11 February 2021, the Pension Schemes Act 2021 was given royal assent, setting out a framework for several major changes that will certainly be of interest to employers and pension funds alike.
On 4 November 2020, the Restriction of Public Exit Payments Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) came into force; exit payments for the public sector were capped at £95,000.
Government regulations came into force on 23 September 2020 providing LGPS (local government pension scheme) employers with flexibility on meeting exit payments and LGPS funds with flexibility too
It is almost a matter of relief that “normal” might be on the horizon when we return to the machinations of TUPE and its protections for employees!
Failure to provide minimum pension contribution protection following a TUPE transfer can end up costing a lot more than if provision had been made.
On 24 April 2020, the Fire Brigade Union, supported by the prison staff union (POA), public services union PCS and the GMB, filed court proceedings against the Government.
Guidance pertaining to the investment of Local Government Pension Scheme Funds which came into force in November 2016, has been the subject of a recent decision in the Supreme Court.
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