Awards and Directories

 

Awards and Directories

Both the firm and individuals at Arc Pensions Law receive widespread recognition for their pensions expertise, which is evident through their numerous award and directory listings. Other shortlistings and awards, in reverse chronological order, include:

December 2019: Arc Pensions Law shortlisted for ‘Pensions Law Firm of the Year’ at the Pensions Age Awards 2020: https://bit.ly/30554HX

November 2019: Arc wins ‘Boutique Law Firm of the Year’ at the British Legal Award 2019: https://bit.ly/2DjJSnj

September 2019: Arc Pensions Law London Office is ranked Tier 3 in The Legal 500 UK for Pensions (non-contentious): https://bit.ly/336R802

September 2019: Partner Anna Rogers retains her The Legal 500 UK ranking as a ‘Leading Individual’ https://bit.ly/336R802

September 2019: Partner Anna Copestake is named a ‘Next Generation Partner by The Legal 500 UK https://bit.ly/336R802

July 2019: Anna Copestake won ‘Lawyer of the Year’ at Women in Pensions Awards 2019: https://bit.ly/2O3nbcX

May 2019: Arc Pensions Law shortlisted for ‘Boutique Firm of the Year’ at The Lawyer Awards 2019: https://bit.ly/2KEjZTf

March 2019: Arc Pensions Law shortlisted for ‘Pensions Lawyers of the Year’ in UK Pensions Awards 2019: https://bit.ly/2O66Bck

February 2019: Anna Copestake shortlisted in Professional Pensions Rising Star Awards for ‘Adviser of the Year’: https://bit.ly/2O57rX9

January 2019: Arc Pensions Law shortlisted in the MPF Award for ‘Best Strategy Implementation’ 2019: https://bit.ly/2O2pVaE

December 2018: Arc Pensions Law shortlisted for Pensions Age Awards 2019: https://bit.ly/2DchOlL

December 2018: Arc Pensions Law shortlisted in The Legal 500 UK Awards 2019: https://bit.ly/2KEhwrX

 


 

Press and thought-leadership

As industry thought-leaders, fee earners at Arc Pensions Law frequently achieve media coverage, both commenting and writing full-length articles relating to developments in the pensions industry, including the following in respect of London-based partners only and in the last twelve-months.

  • 19 December 2019: Anna Rogers comments on the consequences of the ECJ’s Bauer Judgment on the UK DB pensions system in FTAdviser, Professional Adviser, Pensions Age, Professional Pensions, and IPE: https://bit.ly/2QAjTiF
  • 18 December 2019: Anna Rogers writes about the risks to the UK DB pensions system if EU Court ruling in Bauer goes in favour of members in Pensions Expert: https://bit.ly/2T53ioK
  • 5 December 2019: Rosalind Connor comments on the complications that can arise when insurance companies buy out businesses’ pension schemes in the Times: https://bit.ly/2t0FQyt
  • 4 December 2019: Anna Copestake comments on the feasibility of pot-follows-member agreements in Pensions Expert: https://bit.ly/36Hh1Gg
  • 25 November 2019: Anne-Marie Winton writes on how the pensions schemes bill would increase reporting obligation in Professional Pensions: https://bit.ly/39SpPez
  • 21 November 2019: Jane Kola comments on the importance of administrators consulting legal advisers when undergoing any de-risking journey in Pensions Age: https://bit.ly/2R3jqEz
  • 20 November 2019: Anne-Marie Winton writes on the recent decision to enforce higher fines and tougher penalties in the new Pensions Bill in Employee Benefits: https://bit.ly/36G1KWu
  • 13 November 2019: Rosalind Connor comments on pension scheme going to court to avoid £10m increase in FT Adviser and Pensions Expert: https://bit.ly/2O3Kq6C
  • 3 November 2019: Anne-Marie Winton comments on Lords Bill seeking to give TPR dividend approval and scrap PPF cap in Pensions Expert: https://bit.ly/2pEtM4m
  • 29 October 2019: Anne-Marie Winton writes on how the Pensions Bill is a welcome overhaul that will protect savers in The Times: https://bit.ly/332w0bh
  • 9 October 2019: Jane Kola comments on how no one-size-fits-all for GMP equalisation in Professional Pensions: https://bit.ly/344zJ9N
  • 3 October 2019: Anne-Marie Winton writes on pushing up pension powers in Building: https://ubm.io/2QBOjle
  • 3 October 2019: Anna Copestake gives an interview on not being afraid to say yes to opportunities in Professional Pensions: https://bit.ly/37jAaih
  • 23 September 2019: Rosalind Connor comments on Thomas Cook’s defined benefit pension schemes being expected to enter the PPF in Professional Pensions, FTAdviser, Acquisitions Daily, Personnel Today, Professional Adviser and Investment & Pensions Europe: https://bit.ly/2spqBys
  • 29 August 2019: Rosalind Connor writes on the pension legislations changes for which grocery businesses need to prepare in The Grocer: https://bit.ly/2XwVEnj
  • 23 August 2019: Anna Copestake comments on standalone funds not always being subject to CMA tender rules in Professional Pensions: https://bit.ly/2XvKxLv
  • 16 August 2019: Anna Rogers comments on regulator warning of widespread pensions calculation errors in FT Adviser: https://bit.ly/2O4yRMD
  • 16 August 2019: Jane Kola comments on TPR writing to 120 schemes about incorrect equalisation calculations in Pensions Expert: https://bit.ly/2KCMiBt
  • 2 August 2019: Anna Copestake comments on TPR turning up the heat on 99% failing small schemes in Pensions Expert: https://bit.ly/2pFnEsE
  • 30 July 2019: Rosalind Connor writes on how the judges’ and firefighters’ case will impact pensions in Employee Benefits: https://bit.ly/2quuy4h
  • 23 July 2019: Jane Kola comments on trustees’ statement that MPs surplus share uplift would not be ‘transformational’ in Pensions Expert: https://bit.ly/2XuzuCp
  • 2 July 2019: Rosalind Connor comments on US industrial giant completing sectionalised merger of UK schemes in Pensions Expert: https://bit.ly/2XuzeTX
  • 28 June 2019: Rosalind Connor comments on the court of appeal’s ruling against the government’s leave to appeal in judges’ and firefighters’ pension cases in FTAdviser, Professional Adviser, Personnel Today, Professional Pensions, Actuarial Post, Pensions Expert and The Actuary: https://bit.ly/2XYviLs
  • 11 June 2019: Jane Kola comments on the need for trustee boards to prioritise industry data issues in Professional Pensions: https://bit.ly/2O4C0fC
  • 10 June 2019: Anna Copestake comments on new stewardship requirements taking trustees by surprise in Mallowstreet https://bit.ly/2R3mFMp
  • 10 June 2019: Anna Copestake comments on the Pensions Regulator’s plans to extend its reach in Pensions Expert: https://bit.ly/2Qyl0Qe
  • 4 June 2019: Anna Rogers comments on advocate General Hogan advising that full DB benefits must be paid in insolvency in FT Adviser, Actuarial Post, European Pensions, Pensions Expert and Pensions Age: https://bit.ly/3auclWO 
  • 3 June 2019: Rosalind Connor writes on being stuck in the middle with pension liability in Financial Director: https://bit.ly/2XxuWLt
  • 28 May 2019: Anne-Marie Winton writes on the extension of the Pensions Regulator’s powers in Acquisitions Daily: https://bit.ly/2O1o6KW
  • 13 May 2019: Anne-Marie Winton writes on new laws getting tough on firms that put pensions at risk in Construction News: https://bit.ly/336eeno
  • 8 May 2019: Rosalind Connor writes on executive pensions and regulation in Economia: https://bit.ly/335qCUX
  • 3 May 2019: Anna Rogers comments on the Associate General advising that full DB benefits must be paid in insolvency in Pensions Age: https://bit.ly/2Otb206
  • 30 April 2019: Anna Copestake comments on the future of data in Pensions Age: https://bit.ly/2qtGxPq
  • 29 April 2019: Anna Rogers and Jane Kola comment on How to maximise success in navigating the bulk annuities journey in Personal Finance Professional: https://bit.ly/2QYviaZ
  • 25 April 2019: Anne-Marie Winton comments on key UK pensions reforms being delayed by Brexit distracted government in Law 360: https://bit.ly/35haxgj
  • 24 April 2019: Anna Rogers comments on the Government releasing guidance on GMP equalisation in Professional Pensions, Employee Benefits, Actuarial Post, and Pensions Expert: https://bit.ly/2TtZRZ8
  • 23 April 2019: Anna Copestake comments on Welcoming greater consistency in the pensions Ombudsman’s recent decision in Pensions Age: https://bit.ly/2KTjl4r
  • 16 April 2019: Kate Payne comments on the Select committee turning focus to Railway Pensions Scheme deficit in Pensions Expert: https://bit.ly/34gOUwk
  • 12 April 2019: Anne-Marie Winton comments on Debenhams spurning Ashley by opting for Administration in Actuarial Post: https://bit.ly/345uxlY
  • 26 March 2019: Anne-Marie Winton comments on John Laing divests asset-backed funding from former sponsor in Pensions Expert: https://bit.ly/2D2Ysz6
  • 12 March 2019: Rosalind Connor comments on DWP delay leaving schemes facing Equality Act workaround in Professional Pensions: https://bit.ly/2KDBuCO
  • 27 February 2019: Kate Payne writes on consolidation and how actuaries are pivotal in Actuarial Post: https://bit.ly/2r7Rp5C
  • 21 February 2019: Helen Mungeam’s appointment is reported in Pensions Age: https://bit.ly/330wG0N
  • 19 February 2019: Anna Copestake comments on Caffyn’s appointment of fiduciary manager and overhaul of portfolio in Pensions Expert https://bit.ly/35pBSgx
  • 14 February 2019: Anna Copestake’s shortlisting for Rising Star Awards 2019 reported in Professional Pensions: https://bit.ly/2OR97T9
  • 11 February 2019: Anne-Marie Winton on difficulty to enforce new criminal sanctions in Pensions Expert: https://bit.ly/330vBGh
  • 4 February 2019: Jane Kola comments on DB pensions scheme consolidation set become ‘commonplace’ in The Actuary: https://bit.ly/335jFmJ
  • 4 February 2019: Various Partners comment on the protection of members’ interests in the UK government’s proposed rules for commercial defined benefit (DB) consolidators in IPE: https://bit.ly/2KFzwlH
  • 30 January 2019: Anne-Marie Winton writes on balancing the needs of defined benefit pension stake holders in Accountancy Daily: https://bit.ly/2O6poVg
  • 18 January 2019: Anne-Marie Winton writes on TPR sharpening decision making scrutiny after Kodak decision in Law 360 and Actuarial Post: https://bit.ly/35YlKlS
  • 16 January 2019: Rosalind Connor comments on High Court reversing Ombudsman decision over Coat’s increases in Professional Pensions: https://bit.ly/2pvZkZY
  • 11 December 2018: Jane Kola writes on successful approaches to the bulk annuity market in Professional Pensions: https://bit.ly/2zS4uBo

 

Events and Conferences

Arc Pensions Law’s Partners regularly speak at conferences, seminars and advise on committees relating to pensions, including:

  • 12 December 2019: Anna Copestake spoke on a panel at the PLSA’s 2019 Trustee Conference on new pension scheme ESG and stewardship investment requirements
  • 15 November 2019: Jane Kola spoke at the Pensions Age DB journey planning summit
  • 13 November 2019: Anna Rogers chaired a Panel Session on superfunds and DB/DC consolidation at the annual Association of Pension Lawyers (APL) Conference
  • 17 October 2019: Anna Copestake chaired a panel in the DB stream at the PLSA’s 2019 Annual Conference on the future for DB investing
  • 16-18 October 2019: Anna Rogers chaired panel session in the DB stream on GMP equalisation at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association Annual Conference and Exhibition
  • 19 June 2019: Anne-Marie Winton spoke at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ Pensions Conference 2019
  • 16 May 2019: Jane Kola spoke at PMP’s data and de-risking roundtable
  • 15 March 2019: Anna Copestake was a keynote speaker at the Pensions Age and ITM ‘Pensions, Data and Technology Seminar:  What’s the future’
  • 27 February 2019: Anna Copestake spoke on the Data Panel at the Pensions Administration Standards Authority (PASA) 2019 Annual Conference

 

Lateral Hires and Growth

  • February 2019: Helen Mungeam joined the firm as a Senior Associate from Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ London office.
  • November 2019: Claire Goodby joined the firm as an associate from DLA Piper UK LLP’s Leeds Office

 

Memberships

All Arc Pensions Law fee earners hold membership within pensions law organisations. Positions of responsibility include:

  • Anna Rogers is a Fellow and former Council-member of the Pensions Management Institute and a regular public speaker and author of articles on pensions subjects. She has served on a number of Government sponsored committees, such as pensions on divorce. A former Chair of the Association of Pension Lawyers, Anna is currently a member of the Pensions & Lifetime Savings Association’s Policy Board, the technical group for the Incentive Exercise Monitoring Board, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s Legal Panel, and has been on various editorial boards for leading industry publications including Pensions World magazine.
  • Rosalind Connor has been involved for many years with the London Group of the Pensions Management Institute, sitting on its committee as a member, then secretary, chair and immediate past chair for well over a decade. She is the former Chair of the Association of Pensions Lawyers (2015-2017) and current member of the APL’s Legislative and Parliamentary committee. Rosalind is also a legal member of the Pensions Board of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.
  • Anne-Marie Winton is a member the Association of Pension Lawyers’ Communications committee and past Chair of the Association’s Education and Seminars Committee as well as being a past member of the Association’s Main Committee. She is also a member of the Risk & Audit Committee of the Pensions Management Institute, and the Consultant Editorial Board of Lexis PSL (Pensions).
  • Anna Copestake is Chair of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s Legal Panel, sits on the Investment and DC Committee of the Association of Pension Lawyers and the PMI Master Trust Working Group (innovation stream). Anna is a co-founder and Vice Chair of NextGen and will begin her position as Chair starting February 2020. She is a member of the Security of Assets Working Party; PLSA’s ESG Taskforce, a panel of industry experts brought together to draft industry best practice guidance for trustees in relation to ESG and stewardship duties; and a member of a newly formed industry group working with PLSA and other bodies to try and reform the law and regulatory landscape on DC Chair’s statements. She has spent time on secondment at both The Pensions Regulator and the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association and has sat on a number of industry working groups.
  • Jane Kola is a full member of the Association of Pension Lawyers and speaks on the APL’s investment course. She is the only legally qualified member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries working party on self-sufficiency, consolidation and buy-out, which is leading IFoA’s response to the DWP’s consultation on commercial consolidation vehicles. Jane is the co-chair of the Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA’s International Pension Centre (IPC), which focusses on how changes to the pensions environment impact on smooth delivery of pension scheme administration and good outcomes to member. She is also chair of trustees of three defined benefit pension schemes.

 

Social Media

The firm regularly post on social media regarding topical issues affecting workplace pensions via: