Arc Pensions Law ranked in the Chambers UK 2022 Guide
Arc Pensions Law has been ranked once again for pensions in the Chambers UK Guide.
The London and Leeds offices retain their rankings and the directory praises the London office for its “deep expertise in the field”, “impressive client base” and “high-quality advice across the full spectrum of pensions issues and corporate transactions”. The directory states that the team is “noted for its strength handling scheme closure and restructuring”, as well as “technical expertise and simple communication”.
Chambers also commends the Leeds office’s “”well-respected team” which handles “a wide range of pensions work”, including “closure to future accrual, asset-backed funding arrangements and liability management”.
A source highlights they are “a specialist group in pensions with very strong individuals”. A client notes “Arc Pensions Law has proven to be an excellent firm to deal with – they provide good advice and practical guidance”, while another one highlights “they make us feel that we are their most important client”.
Clients also note the team provides an “exceptional service – always on time and proactive as standard. They regularly publish informative papers on new aspects of pension legislation which we find very useful in briefing the trustee board” and highlight the firm’s “expert legal perspective”, and excellent and responsive service, noting the firm also offers “very good value in terms of delivery to budget”.
Anna Rogers, Vikki Massarano and Kate Payne are all ranked Band 1 and Rosalind Connor, Anne-Marie Winton and Jane Kola retain their high rankings. Max Ballad is ranked in the “Associates to watch” category.
Anna Rogers is commended for having a “can-do attitude and a genuine desire to explore and find solutions”. The guide highlights she is “particularly adept at advising on issues relating to defined benefit pension schemes”.
Rosalind Connor is praised as a “very good technical lawyer” and “very commercial”. A client highlights they can call “at any time and no matter how big the query she will always take the call”.
Anne-Marie Winton is described as “very commercial”. The directory also notes her experience in providing pensions advice in connection with M&A transactions.
Jane Kola continues to be “noted for her handling of issues relating to defined benefit, defined contribution and hybrid schemes”. The guide notes that “she cuts through problems and sees solutions”.
Vikki Massarano is described as “very well respected and well known in the marketplace”, with the guide highlighting her work on a “broad range of pensions issues such as funding arrangements, GMP equalisation and valuation negotiations” and advice on “on scheme closures to future accrual and pension aspects of corporate transactions”.
Kate Payne is commended on her work “on a variety of issues including closures to future accrual, buyouts, scheme mergers and liability management”. She is described as “excellent” and very responsive to client requirements. “She has the ability to communicate the complex legal issues affecting our scheme in a manner which enables our trustees to readily understand”.
Max Ballad is praised as “very knowledgeable” and for delivering “his advice in a clear and concise manner”. The guide describes him as “very approachable and responsive, ensuring that projects are not held up awaiting legal input”.
View Arc’s profile on the Chambers and Partners website here.
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