Expertise

Described by Chambers as "a very experienced and confident adviser", Rachel is the Practice Group Head of the firm's Pensions group. She has been advising Corporate sponsors and Trustees for over 30 years on their pensions law issues, including defined benefit (final salary, care, cash balance and shared cost) schemes and defined contribution arrangements.

  • Trustee adviser: Rachel is the long term adviser to a number of university trustee boards covering all aspects of trustee advice from the contracts trustees must enter into, compliance with legal and regulatory rules, governance issues and managing problems when things go wrong (eg member complaints).
  • Corporate adviser: Rachel advises corporates on managing their defined benefits liabilities, including end-to-end closure advice and liability mitigation strategies such as asset backed funding arrangements and special member exercises.  
  • Business restructuring advice: Rachel has recently advised alongside the business restructuring team, on a strategy to allow a business to continue, balancing the interests of a significant pensions creditor with other creditors of the business, with TPR and the PPF providing oversight and input.
  • Pensions litigation: Rachel has regularly had to advise clients (alongside the firm's litigation team) on litigation proceedings, including Part 7 and Part 8 applications, actions against former advisers, and a recent innovative structure for dealing with the compensation provided by a successful claim.  
  • Infrastructure projects: Rachel has wide experience of advising clients requiring access to the LGPS or other statutory schemes as a consequence of taking on infrastructure projects, including disputes arising out of old and long term contracts resulting in adjudication.  
Professional memberships
  • The Association of Pension Lawyers (APL)
  • The Pensions Management Institute (PMI)
  • Director of Sovereign Trustees Limited
  • Accredited by the Association of Professional Pension Trustees 
Languages
  • French - good command