Anne-Marie has many years of experience as a trustee adviser, dealing with day to day issues for all sizes of occupational schemes. She also specialises in advising UK and non-UK employers and groups facing challenging situations.
Recent work includes advising on how to respond to the threat of a Financial Support Direction from the Pensions Regulator, and successfully seeking Pensions Regulator and PPF approval to a regulated apportionment arrangement and managing covenant and funding negotiations in distressed environments (working closely with employer covenant advisers).
Throughout her career, Anne-Marie has also worked with other law firms in jointly advising UK and overseas clients on the pensions-aspects of corporate transactions, frequently project managing multi-disciplinary teams. She has assisted in building new client relationships and cementing existing client relationships by working in partnership with the primary legal advisers. She has also been appointed as an additional legal adviser for trustees facing difficulties such as a distressed restructuring, proposed pre-pack or corporate sale.
Anne-Marie has been a pensions lawyer since the mid-1990s, originally at Biddle, before becoming a partner at Pinsent Masons and then Nabarro.
Anne-Marie retains her ranking in The Legal 500 UK 2022 as a ‘Leading Individual’ for Pensions (London). She is a member of the Communications Committee of the Association of Pension Lawyers (having also been a member of the Main Committee and chair of the Education Committee for a number of years). She is also on the Risk and Assurance Committee of the Pensions Management Institute, a member of the Pensions Board of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and on the Consultant Editorial Board of LexisPSL (Pensions). She speaks regularly at conferences and is frequently quoted as a legal expert in the pensions industry press.
Anne-Marie is “very commercial.”
Chambers UK 2022
Anne-Marie is “very good and very effective.”
Chambers UK 2021 Guide
The Legal 500 UK 2021
“Anne-Marie Winton is always on hand to give commercial and pragmatic advice. She doesn’t sit on the fence and really helps to steer client conversations towards deliverable solutions”.
The Legal 500 UK 2021
“Our working relationship is fundamentally with Anne-Marie Winton and Abigail Cohen; it is the synergy of that relationship which stands out and makes our relationship with Arc so effective – there is no scope for message advice confusion. Ensuring clarity is their mantra allied to prompt effective communication. The outcome is a client that feels entirely comfortable confident with the service provided – no anxiety on our part about asking the stupid question.”
The Legal 500 UK 2021
Anne-Marie Winton is “pragmatic and practical” and “good at creative problem solving,” according to commentators. She is often instructed to provide pensions advice in connection to M&A.
Chambers UK 2020
Anne-Marie Winton is “very approachable and has a good knowledge of pensions law,” says a client. She advises schemes of all sizes on day-to-day compliance as well as complex funding issues.
Chambers UK 2019
“We regularly work with the Arc team on our deals – Anne-Marie Winton, Sarah Miller and Abigail Cohen are all, in particular, fantastic and feel like part of our team. They work seamlessly with us for clients, are always responsive and very commercial. Anne-Marie is incredibly personable and knowledgeable and a joy to work with”.
Jules Quinn, Partner – King and Spalding: Legal 500 2018
“For over 10 years, Anne-Marie Winton has been our go to legal adviser for Company pension related legal matters. Anne-Marie consistently provides prompt and pragmatic advice delivered in plain English and I take huge comfort that Anne-Marie is in our corner when it comes to the more complex pension matters”.
James Bunkum, COO – Haynes Publishing Group PLC: Legal 500 2018
Anne-Marie Winton is “outstanding”.
The Legal 500 2016
Anne-Marie is “highly professional, knowledgeable, efficient and competent.”
Chambers UK 2016
Anne-Marie has a “commercial, pragmatic and straight-talking” style.
Chambers UK 2017
Anne-Marie is “very hard-working and conscientious” and “provides clear, commercial and succinct advice.”
Chambers UK 2015