Services for Employers and Sponsors

Services for Employers and Sponsors

Sometimes employers come to the pensions party unsupported by sufficient legal advice and may seek to rely on non-specialist advisers or even on trustees’ own retained advisers. Unsurprisingly, we strongly advocate dedicated, specialist legal support for employers and other scheme sponsors across a wide-range of issues.


In our experience, high quality legal advice at a critical juncture can not only ensure the achievement of your business aims, but potentially save significant costs and reduce your risk exposure. On these pages, we illustrate just some of the services that we provide to employers and pension scheme sponsors, but should you have an enquiry on a topic not covered here, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Spectre of Closure: BA’s decision to close the New Airways Pension Scheme highlights risks of defined benefit liabilities

With some rather unseasonal timing, in mid December 2017, British Airways announced the bad news to staff of the planned closure of its defined benefits pension scheme (the New Airways Pension Scheme, known as NAPS) to future accrual in April 2018, with a view to addressing the £2.8bn deficit in the scheme. Future benefits will be provided on a defined contribution basis, exposing only those employees who are members of the replacement scheme, not BA, to the investment risk in the underlying assets....

Auto enrolment 5 years on

Automatic enrolment as set out in the Pensions Act 2008 (PA 2008) is now largely complete – although it has been a long time coming. Starting in 2012, the final employers will be auto enrolled by February 2018, with contributions rising in April 2018 and 2019 to reach the levels envisaged in the Act (8% in total, of which at least 3% needs to be from the employer). ...

Collective Defined Contribution – another pensions headache?

In 2010, completely out of the blue, the pensions industry got a minister who was actually interested in pensions. Steve Webb (now Sir Steve Webb) was a Liberal Democrat MP who had written and thought about pensions for some years, and knew an awful lot more than your average pensions minister....

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