Emma Martin

Senior counsel


Emma advises trustees and employers in respect of defined benefit, defined contribution and hybrid pension schemes, both in relation to project work (eg benefit change exercises and wind-ups) as well as ongoing advisory work.

She has particular experience advising on DC pensions and is a member of the firm’s DC Unit. In 2015 Emma completed a six month secondment to the legal team at The Pensions Regulator, where she advised on DC policy matters. She has DC experience in relation to occupational pension schemes, master-trusts and personal pension schemes.

Her DC specific work includes advising on:

  • setting up new DC schemes
  • DC member communications
  • DC education, guidance and financial advice
  • DC governance requirements (including annual governance statements)
  • DC investment changes
  • DC retirement options
  • winding-up DC schemes/consolidating DC benefits
  • DC regulation and enforcement.

Memberships and Qualifications

Membership of professional bodies:
Association of Pension Lawyers (associate membership)
Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (South London Local Group Member)

Career history

Qualified: 2009, England & Wales

Pensions experience since: 2010

Joined Sackers: 2010

Seconded to The Pensions Regulator: January 2015 – July 2015

Employers: Jones Day (2007-2010)

Academic history


Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge (2002-2005)
BPP Law School: 2005-2007

Degree: BA History
Graduate Diploma in Law
Legal Practice Course

Further Information


“Emma is competent, confident and has the ability to explain complex legal matters in a language that all my fellow trustees can understand” – Richard Marchant (Chairman of trustees for the Bausch & Lomb Pension Plan)

Extracurricular interests and activities:

I enjoy cooking and outdoor activities and am obsessed with hedgehogs!