Overview

We advise leading providers on all areas relating to SIPPs, SSAS, and stakeholder pensions and are familiar with the technical and commercial issues from the provider side.

Our personal pensions team brings together experts from across our pensions advisory, financial regulation, disputes, tax and fintech teams. With such wide reaching expertise, we are able to respond quickly to changes within the sector.

We are known for our pragmatic and flexible approach and our client centric focus. We recognise that SIPPs, SSAS and stakeholder pensions providers operate in a very complex framework and we will always tailor our approach to your requirements.

Areas of focus

Our personal pensions expertise includes the following:

  • Advising on the regulatory considerations for the development of SIPP propositions by reference to the changing regulatory landscape for SIPP providers.
  • Assisting with the FCA authorisation process for new SIPP operators, product development considerations in the context of different distribution models, terms and conditions and ongoing legal compliance.
  • Drafting and updating documentation.
  • Providing Finance Act 2004 taxation advice covering relief at source regulations, HMRC determinations, lifetime allowance and authorised payments issues.
  • Advising providers on the pensions regulatory environment, for example on auto enrolment schemes and where SIPP and SSAS provision falls under the Pensions Regulator.
  • Supporting SIPP and SSAS providers with the pensions and regulatory aspects of corporate activity such as acquisitions, disposals and restructuring along with integration and onboarding.
  • Being familiar with the full life cycle of small and large schemes, from advice around set-up and maintenance of template documentation to wind-ups and business transfers.
  • Advising on the legal structures for holding SIPP assets.
  • Advising on claims against SIPP operators/trustees in relation to asset classes, statutory, regulatory and trust law obligations and pensions ombudsman and financial ombudsman claims.
  • Assisting with registration for supervision of a SIPP trustee as a trust or company service provider with HMRC for the purposes of the Money Laundering Regulations.
Experience

Providing full life cycle legal and regulatory advice on the design and operation of new SIPP products, including drafting scheme documents and related literature, supporting with FCA authorisation and permissions and including subsequent updates for legislative and tax changes.

Advising a SIPP provider in relation to its due diligence obligations when onboarding non-standard investments including by reference to FCA rules, guidance and publications and potential exposure to financial ombudsman and other claims.

Advising on legal and practical changes for documentation upon the transfer of SIPP business from one provider to another, with particular reference to the change of Scheme Administrator.

Providing advice to a SIPP provider on changing client money arrangements and the implications under CASS.

Supporting sales and acquisitions of SSAS and SIPP providers by drafting warranties and indemnities and pension aspects of winding up trustee companies.

Acting in a multi-million pound breach of warranty claim in connection with the acquisition of a SIPP operator relating to potential breaches of FS regulatory requirements.

Acting for a client in appeals against HMRC determinations in the Tax Tribunal on in-specie contributions and unauthorised payments.

Working with a fast-growing platform technology provider to develop its own SIPP product.

Operating a helpdesk for a well-known financial services provider on technical, regulatory and compliance queries.

Meet the team
Alice Honeywill

Alice Honeywill Partner

  • Pensions Services
  • Pensions Regulatory
  • Public Sector Pension Schemes
  • Automatic Enrolment 
  • Life and Pensions
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Suzanne Padmore Partner

  • Pensions Disputes
  • Professional Negligence
  • Financial services Disputes and Enforcement 
  • Judicial Review
  • Trust Disputes
  • Pensions Regulatory 
  • Life and Pensions 
Leonardo Robinson

Leonardo Robinson Pensions Consultant

  • Pensions Services
  • Pensions Legal Advice
  • Life and Pensions
Anna Davis

Anna Davis Associate

  • Financial Services
  • Life and Pensions
  • Regulated Funds
Heather Musk

Heather Musk Associate

  • Regulated Funds
  • Insurance
  • Financial Services
Ciara Davies headshot

Ciara Davies Solicitor

  • Financial Services
  • Regulated Funds
     
Tom Dunn

Tom Dunn Partner

  • Head of Regulated Funds and Financial Services
  • Regulated Funds
  • Financial Services
Clive Pugh

Clive Pugh Partner

  • Pensions Regulatory
  • Pensions Services
  • Pensions Legal Advice 
Ralph Lovesy Web pic

Ralph Lovesy Director

  • Financial Services
  • Regulated Lending
  • Fintech
Mark Shepherd

Mark Shepherd Partner

  • Head of Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Healthcare
Joanna Monaghan

Joanna Monaghan Director

  • Corporate
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Joint Ventures
Anna-Sinka

Anna Sinka Solicitor

  • Dispute Resolution 
  • Procurement Disputes 
  • Transport Sector
  • Food and Farming
Martin Cook Temp Corporate Image Web Profile

Martin Cook Director

  • Head of Fintech
  • Financial services
  • Technology and Communications
A photo of David Varney

David Varney Director

  • Data Protection and Cybersecurity
  • Technology and Communications
  • Outsourcing
 
Matthew Walker

Matthew Walker Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Financial Services
  • Insurance

Key contact

Suzanne-Padmore---132A6872

Suzanne Padmore Partner

  • Pensions Disputes
  • Professional Negligence
  • Financial services Disputes and Enforcement 
  • Judicial Review
  • Trust Disputes
  • Pensions Regulatory 
  • Life and Pensions 

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