Claire van Rees



Claire has over 17 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 leads the Sackers DB consolidation team and has a particular interest in DB and DC consolidation. She sat on the Association of Pension Lawyers’ Legislative and Parliamentary committee for three years, during which time she contributed to 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:

  • advising on buy-ins and buy-outs
  • 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 DC 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
  • providing ongoing advice to a large industry-wide non-associated multi-employer scheme
  • advising schemes on GMP equalisation projects, both conversion and dual records methods
  • 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


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


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

Further Information


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