I have many years’ experience of a wide range of pensions issues. This has included scheme set-up and wind-up, mergers and advice to clients on the pension aspects of corporate acquisitions and disposals. I provide guidance to trustees and employers on compliance with legislation.

I head the firm’s Public Sector team, and advise both local authorities and private employers in relation to public sector outsourcing, including establishing passport schemes and providing advice on admission to the LGPS. I also have experience in advising in relation to the new Fair Deal.

I am a member of our international pensions team and have experience advising a multinational employer considering setting up a new trust based international pension scheme. I represent the firm at Ius Laboris events and conferences.

My recent work has involved advising clients facing significant change in their pension fund arrangements. This advice includes merging schemes, introducing CARE arrangements, raising member contributions and altering future service accrual and analysing the employer’s contribution covenant.

Qualified: 1991, England and Wales

Joined Sackers: 1991

Became partner: 1998


Michaela was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Pension Law by the Advisory Excellence directory of professional advisers

Michaela was named 2019 public sector pensions lawyer of the year in England by Corporate Intl Magazine Global Awards

Michaela is also listed in Who’s Who Legal, Labour Employment & Benefits, and Thought Leaders – Labour & Employment