Michaela has many years’ experience of a wide range of pensions issues. This has included scheme set-up and wind-up, mergers and advice to clients on the pension aspects of corporate acquisitions and disposals. She provides guidance to trustees and employers on compliance with legislation.
Michaela heads the firm’s Public Sector team where she advises both local authorities and private employers in relation to public sector outsourcing, including establishing passport schemes and providing advice on admission to the LGPS. Michaela also has experience in advising in relation to the new Fair Deal.
Michaela is a member of our international pensions team and has experience advising a multinational employer considering setting up a new trust based international pension scheme. Michaela represents the firm at Ius Laboris events and conferences.
Michaela’s recent work has involved advising clients facing significant change in their pension fund arrangements. This advice includes merging schemes, introducing CARE arrangements, raising member contributions and altering future service accrual and analysing the employer’s contribution covenant.
We are the UK’s leading specialist law firm for pension scheme trustees, employers, corporate investors and providers.
Our entire focus is on advising the pensions and retirement savings industry. We advise trustee boards, sponsoring employers, providers and Government bodies. With a client roster of more than 450 occupational pension schemes, expert legal advice is only the start of our service. We look at what our clients are trying to achieve and give the most commercial and pragmatic advice to reach that objective. This is one of the reasons we have so many long standing clients, with some relationships lasting decades.
“Distinguished pensions boutique with a broad array of experience in defined benefit and defined contribution schemes.” Chambers UK 2020
We are consistently ranked in the top tier for pensions by both leading UK legal directories (Chambers UK and the Legal 500) and have been for the last twenty years.
In addition to providing advice on ongoing operational issues, we have evolved our offering to match our clients’ changing requirements. This includes our finance and investment capability to assist with liability management, SPVs, guarantees and security arrangements; and a pensions and investment litigation team to advise on contentious issues.