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Our entire focus is on advising the pensions and retirement savings industry.

We are the UK’s leading law firm to the pensions industry, advising pension scheme trustees, employers, providers and corporate investors on all aspects of their pension arrangements.

 

We are truly a ‘one stop shop’ for our pensions industry clients, advising on risk transfer solutions, ongoing operational issues, pension scheme investments and liability management, funding and security arrangements and contentious issues, as well as advising on contract based arrangements. We are equally as at home advising on the day-to-day running of a pension arrangement as we are helping clients to resolve a specific problem or complete a one-off project. This includes funding and investment, contingent assets and covenant support, managing liabilities, corporate support, regulatory, governance, risk, disputes and operations.

The firm is entirely devoted to meeting the needs of its pensions clients. Since Sackers was established in 1966, our specialist focus has helped us to build a stellar client list of over 450 occupational pension schemes of all sizes and structures and across all industry sectors. We retain key employer appointments on both an advisory and project basis, as well as advising providers, master trusts and IGCs on all aspects of DC pensions.

Whilst other firms have litigators, banking, investment and tax lawyers who ‘do some pensions work’, Sackers has specialist teams who spend all their time on pensions work. Investment lawyers advise on all the key risk transfer solutions including LDI and CDI strategies, buy-ins, buy-outs and longevity transactions, DC asset security and fund reviews and the full range of alternative investment structures. They also offer expert advice on the impact of ESG factors in pension scheme investing and managing and reporting climate risks. Pensions litigators advise on issues such as rectification, equalisation and investment claims. Banking and finance lawyers advise on a wide range of funding and security structures including contingent assets, guarantees, escrow accounts and asset-backed funding structures.

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15 November 2021

Keeping Up with TKU

Trustee Knowledge and Understanding (TKU) is not a new concept: introduced in 2006, it is a vital aspect of the modern trustee role, ever developing in scope. With further changes fast approaching, trustees need to be mindful of those which will impact them and when they come into force.

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Preparing your transfer procedures in light of the proposed scams regulations
08 October 2021

Preparing your transfer procedures in light of the proposed scams regulations

The Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Conditions for Transfers) Regulations 2021 (the Regulations) are expected to come into force in ‘early autumn’. Aiming to better protect members from scams by introducing new conditions restricting statutory rights to transfer, the changes mean that schemes need to revisit their existing processes.

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TCFD at a glance: 5 things trustees should know
15 September 2021

TCFD at a glance: 5 things trustees should know

With a summer explosion of TCFD publications, we set out the basics for schemes:

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Having great long term relationships with my clients is why I work in pensions
15 September 2021

Having great long term relationships with my clients is why I work in pensions

It would be a lie to suggest that I’d harboured a long term ambition to forge a career in pensions or the law.

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A stronger Pensions Regulator
16 July 2021

A stronger Pensions Regulator

The Pension Schemes Act 2021 (the Act) brought with it a raft of new offences, both criminal and civil, as well as extended informationgathering and interviewing powers, to enable The Pensions Regulator (TPR) to fulfil its “clearer, quicker, and tougher” mantra.

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How to be a DC ninja – top tips for DC trustees
08 July 2021

How to be a DC ninja – top tips for DC trustees

Pension schemes are becoming increasingly DC focused. 

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Integrating climate change reporting into your pension scheme
16 June 2021

Integrating climate change reporting into your pension scheme

How to ensure your scheme is ready to implement TCFD requirements?

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Tips for avoiding communications traps
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Tips for avoiding communications traps

Many trustees and employers are on a constant quest to capture the interest of their membership, and with good reason: there’s a clear correlation between improved member engagement and better member outcomes. With greater information and understanding, members are more likely to make appropriate decisions, keep their scheme up-to-date with the information it requires, and be less likely to fall victim to a scam. But schemes must be careful about the ‘hows’ and ‘whats’, particularly in the light of a couple of recent industry publications. So, how can we make sure employees are engaged and financially literate, whilst avoiding the risks inherent in doing so?

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Three top tips for managing trustees’ data responsibilities
07 May 2021

Three top tips for managing trustees’ data responsibilities

Pension schemes are veritable treasure troves of personal data, holding contact details, bank account specifics, and even scanned copies of passports and utility bills. And managing that data, from a trustee perspective, has never been more complicated and fraught with risk.

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