Claire van Rees

Partner

About

Claire has 16 years’ experience advising trustee and employer clients on a wide range of pensions issues for both DC and DB schemes. She also has experience of advising insurance companies on their pension products. Claire is a key member of the Sackers DC and tax teams and sat on the Association of Pension Lawyers’ Legislative and Parliamentary committee for three years, during which time she was involved in the APL’s work commenting on the draft master trust legislation and various aspects of liaison with HMRC regarding tax problems.

Claire’s recent experience includes:

  • working on the set up of three master trusts
  • advising master trusts on aspects of the authorisation process and their interaction with the Pensions Regulator on this, as well as on subsequent supervision by the Pensions Regulator
  • advising a DB trustee client on an investigation by TPR into the approach taken to its actuarial valuation and potential regulatory action
  • advising on bulk transfers to DC and DB master trusts
  • advising clients with legacy DC benefits that have complications such as contracted-out underpins or other features causing them to be non-standard
  • advising on tax issues for pension schemes.

Memberships and Qualifications

Membership of professional bodies:
Association of Pension Lawyers (Full Member)


Career history

Qualified: 2004, England and Wales

Pensions experience since: 2004

Joined Sackers: 2010

Joined Partnership/LLP: 2014

Employers: Hogan Lovells LLP (2002-2010)


Academic history

University/College

St Anne’s College, Oxford University (1997-2000)
Nottingham Law School (2000-2001)
Leiden University, Netherlands (2007-2008)

Degree

MA (Oxon) in Jurisprudence
Legal Practice Course
LLM (advanced) in Public International Law


Further Information

Presentations:

APL Introductory Course 2012, 2013 and 2014 – “The Pensions Act 2004, the Pensions Regulator and the PPF”

NAPF Training Course – Managing DC Pensions, 2012 – speaking on DC governance and monitoring and switching DC investment options and providers

Extracurricular interests and activities:

Travel, music