Our role in the pensions community


As a specialist firm, we see it as our responsibility to be thought leaders in our market. We participate in every pensions industry body and are at the leading edge of key debates.

Sackers responds to Government consultations on pensions which could impact on our clients. On past occasions, our responses have shaped the final piece of legislation. We also work closely with the Department for Work & Pensions  and The Pensions Regulator and maintain a strong understanding of the trends in the Regulator’s approach to matters.

We write widely for the pensions press, featuring in the key industry titles on a regular basis and are frequent speakers at industry conferences and events.

We work closely with the following industry organisations:

The Association of Pension Lawyers

All lawyers at Sackers are members of The Association of Pension Lawyers.

A number of our partners have been Chair of the Association. Our lawyers sit on the Association’s various committees, including the legislative and parliamentary sub-committee, the investment sub-committee, and the education and seminars sub-committee. Part of each committee’s role is to develop an understanding of legal issues and liaise with government to improve legislation. Claire Carey is an elected member of the Main Committee and James Bingham sits on the Pensions Litigation Committee.

The Pensions Management Institute

We are the legal Insight Partner to The Pensions Management Institute. We provide material and legal input for the Institute’s members. Our lawyers regularly write articles for the PMI’s Pensions Aspects publication and speak at their events. By attending our seminars, trustees and retirement savings professionals can claim CPD hours under the PMI CPD scheme.

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association

We are active supporters of The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association.

All of our lawyers are affiliated with one of the PLSA’s local groups, where we occupy positions on a number of committees. Claire Carey is a member of the PLSA Legal Panel, Tom Jackman is a member of the DB Reference Group and Katharine Swire is a member of the DC Reference Group. Stuart O’Brien was a member of the taskforce which published the Responsible Investment Guide 2019 – ESG and Stewardship: a practical guide to trustees dutiesPhilippa Connaughton currently provides training as part of their Practical Trustee Training course and Pensions Certificate Programme. We attend and often speak at the PLSA Annual and Investment Conferences.

The Society of Pension Professionals

The Society of Pension Professionals is the representative body for a wide range of providers of advice and services to occupational pension schemes and their sponsors. Claire Carey serves on the Council of the SPP, Joanna Smith sits on the Legislation Committee and Ralph McClelland sits on the Investment Committee.

PensionChair

The Winmark PensionChair Network brings together Chairs of flagship occupational pension schemes. We are the legal technical partner to the PensionChair network. As a technical partner we provide expert insight and a broader perspective to the members of the network.

Pensions Administration Standards Association

We are a corporate member of PASA and support their work in raising the standard of administration services. Helen Ball is a member of their working group on master trusts and Faith Dickson sits on one of the GMP equalisation working groups.

Pensions Climate Risk Industry Group

Stuart O’Brien chairs the Pensions Climate Risk Industry Group, set up by TPR, to produce guidance on how pension trustees can address climate-related financial risks as part of their governance processes.

Pension Investment Academy

We sponsor the Pension Investment Academy which runs seminars, debates and lectures that are at the cutting edge of pension fund thought – for pension scheme trustees and executives.

The Association of Member Nominated Trustees

Stuart O’Brien is a member of the AMNT’s Security of DC Assets Working Party which helps trustees understand the complexities of DC assets.

Pensions Working Group

Vicky Carr sits on the Pensions Working Group which comprises representatives from the trustees and sponsors of bank pension schemes, TPR, HM Treasury and the Prudential Regulation Authority relating to banking reform, and has done so since its inception, originally as the trustee-side Banking Reform Forum, in 2012.

Pensions for Purpose

We are influencer members of Pensions for Purpose, an organisation focused on promoting understanding of impact investments.  Members include independent advisers, pension funds, social enterprises and government representatives, who share research, thought leadership papers, case studies, blogs and news stories on impact investment related issues.

Impact Investing Institute

We are pro-bono supporters of the Impact Investing Institute, which launched in 2019 to accelerate the growth and improve the effectiveness of the impact investing market in the UK and internationally.  The Impact Investing Institute aims to see more capital contributing to the well-being of people and the planet as set out in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.