Faith Dickson



Faith has over 20 years’ experience advising pension trustees, employers and corporate investors on all aspects of their DB and DC pension arrangements including scheme change, funding issues and bulk transfers.

She has a particular interest in the sustainability of DB schemes, having lead the Sackers’ team advising the trustees of the Halcrow Pension Scheme on the first ever solvent restructuring of a DB scheme under the existing legislative and regulatory framework.

Faith is a client partner for a number of large DB schemes in the logistics, building services and media sectors. She also advises clients with significant DC arrangements, on benefit design, governance and communications.

As well as advising employers on stand-alone pensions projects, Faith is a member of the Sackers’ team which provides services to other law firms on transactions which need specialist pension input.

Faith also advises on the impact of discrimination law on pensions, on how to change pension terms and on the pensions implications of the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations.

Faith’s recent work includes:

  • leading the team advising the trustees of the Halcrow Pension Scheme on the first ever solvent restructuring of a DB scheme
  • advising on transferring benefits from DB, DC and hybrid schemes to new DC arrangements, including master trusts
  • advising on the allocation of liabilities for calculating s75 debts
  • advising on DC asset security.

Memberships and Qualifications

Membership of professional bodies:
Association of Pension Lawyers (Elected member of main committee)

Career history

Qualified: 1995, England & Wales

Pensions experience since: 1995

Joined Sackers: 1999

Joined partnership/LLP: 2003

Employers: Allen & Overy (1995-1997)
Ashurst Morris Crisp (1997-1998)
Theodore Goddard (1998-1999)

Academic history


Pembroke College, University of Oxford (1987-1990)
Nottingham Polytechnic (1990-1992)

Degree: English Language and Literature

Further Information

Extracurricular interests and activities: 
Cycling, running and cross-country skiing, always outdoors. Bands, films and theatre, mainly (but not exclusively) indoors.


Winding up

Corporate activity


HR advisory

GMP equalisation

Latest News & Media

Sackers advises Carillion scheme on £150m PPF+ buy-out with L&G

Faith Dickson speaks at joint SPP/APL webinar on 15 April

Faith Dickson comments in Pensions Expert on the effect of Covid-19 on auto-enrolment

Five Sackers’ lawyers nominated for the Professional Pensions’ Women in Pensions Awards

Faith Dickson comments on GMP equalisation in Pensions Age

Faith Dickson comments on “capacity crunch” on pensions industry in Pensions Age

Faith Dickson comments on implementation of GMP equalisation following Lloyds ruling in Professional Pensions

DB consultation: what will a stronger Regulator mean for trustees?

Sackers comments on potential restructuring of UK media group

Sackers comments on pensions as part of equal pay settlement

Latest Knowledge

PASA publishes GMP equalisation guidance on historical transfers

TPR’s approach to the investigation and prosecution of the new criminal offences – Sackers’ response to consultation

Corporate briefing – April 2021

Protecting schemes from sponsoring employer distress

Corporate briefing – July 2020

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 – the pensions implications

Hot topic: GDPR – a reminder for trustees

Protecting Defined Benefit Pension Schemes – A Stronger Pensions Regulator

Walker v Innospec – Supreme Court judgment

Defined benefit pension schemes: security and sustainability – Sackers’ response to DWP consultation