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Anna Copestake


Anna trained at an international City firm, qualifying into their pensions department in 2008. In 2011 she moved to a leading pensions law boutique before joining Arc Pensions Law in August 2016. She was made a Partner in November 2017.

Anna advises sponsors and trustees on all aspects of DB and DC arrangements, including governance, funding, benefit redesign, scheme investments, liability management exercises, bulk annuity purchase transactions and scheme closures. In addition to this, she has extensive experience of negotiating contractual documentation, including third party administrator agreements, and advising trustees and employers on the practical implications of the GDPR.

She has particular expertise in relation to DC arrangements. Her recent work includes establishing industry wide master trusts and advising them on an ongoing basis, advising on investment option switches, assisting with asset security and value for money assessments, and advising on compliance with new statutory governance and charges standards. Anna is a member of the Security of Assets Working Party, whose guide on asset security is recommended by The Pensions Regulator.

Her experience also extends to investment matters, including pooled funds, custody agreements, investment management agreements, buy in/buy out contracts and investment platform provider policies.

Anna 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. She is a regular speaker and has spoken on topics such as preparing for the GDPR, asset security and value for money.

Anna is the current Chair of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s Legal Panel and sits on the Investment Committee of the Association of Pension Lawyers.

Anna Copestake is in the top decile of the industry“.   

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“Anna Copestake and Abigail Cohen make an outstanding team – professional, easy to work with and clear in their advice, especially in a fast-moving situation. Advice provides what you need to know – no fluff – but balanced with raising important risk considerations at the right moment”.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“I have two mutual master trust clients with Anna Copestake. I would place her comfortably in the top decile of the industry”.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“Her knowledge of pensions legislation is unrivalled”.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Anna Copestake is “an excellent communicator, explaining complex issues with ease, but also in a way which is empathetic to challenges legislation might present, and without the ego or stuffiness lawyers can sometimes bring”.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Anna Copestake’s “pragmatism and general demeanour” makes “her a pleasure to work with. I also find Anna’s work on D&I to be inspirational – particularly her work around the promotion of young trustees”.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

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