Our role in the pensions community
Sackers is at the heart of the pensions industry. We participate in various industry bodies such as the PLSA, APL, SPP and PMI 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 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 we are frequent contributors to mallowstreet, the online forum for the pension industry.
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. Faith Dickson is an elected committee member.
The Pensions Management Institute
We are the legal Expert 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 ask the expert column. 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.
Janet Brown sits on the defined benefit council and all 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. Eleanor Daplyn is Chair of the South London local group. We attend the PLSA Annual Conference and Exhibition, the Investment Conference and Local Authority Conference.
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 work-based pension schemes and to their sponsors. Claire Carey serves on the Council of the SPP and other members of the firm sit on the SPP’s legislation and investment committees.
The Pensions Advisory Service
For over 30 years The Pensions Advisory Service has been helping people with their pension problems and questions. The service relies on hundreds of volunteers who give their time and expertise for free. Several of our solicitors voluntarily advise on cases referred to TPAS.
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.
Association of Professional Pension Trustees
Ian Pittaway is the Chairman of the Association of Professional Pension Trustees which promotes the role of professional trustees. APPT provides its members with the opportunity to meet and discuss topical issues in informal settings. The APPT arranges events where leading professionals from the world of pensions can update members on current developments and trustees can share their experiences and concerns.
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 PIA is a joint venture between Specialist Pension Services Limited (SPS) and Westminster Business School.
Pensions Working Group
Vicky Carr sits on the Pensions Working Group which comprises representatives from the trustees and sponsors of bank pension schemes, the Pensions Regulator, 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.