Overview

Catrin is a director in the pensions team. She has specialised in non-contentious pensions law since 2007 and prior to that was a specialist employment lawyer for seven years.

She has particular expertise in the wind-up of occupational pension schemes, both defined benefit and defined contribution and managing employer debts in multi-employer schemes. She regularly advises clients on the governance requirements relating to occupational defined contribution schemes and the new master trust requirements. She enjoys devising creative solutions to resolve defective scheme amendments and has recently developed Burges Salmon’s GDPR offering for pension trustees.

Catrin is a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers and the Women in Pensions Club. She has spoken at various events including the Westminster & City 2018 Improving DC Pensions Conference. Her first language is Welsh.

Experience
  • Advising the trustee of a non-associated multi-employer DB scheme in the not for profit educational sector. The scheme had been poorly administered for years and had inadvertently triggered wind-up following the dissolution of a former principal employer, meaning that there were issues with the appointment of past trustees and validity of past amendments. The Pensions Regulator had to invoke its power to appoint a trustee, following which we devised a solution involving the employers, members and trustee to reinstate the dissolved principal employer and validate past decisions.
  • Acting for the trustees of a number of multi-employer schemes including the trustee of the Chesapeake Pension Plan, where the employers are part of the Westrock group.
  • Advising a number of trustee clients on buy-ins and buy-out exercises including advice to the trustees of the Kenwood Pension Scheme on Legal & General’s first offer of a deferred premium facility.
  • Advising a professional trustee of an occupational DC scheme on the potential imposition of regulatory penalties under section 10 Pensions Act 1995.
  • Interpreting scheme rules on equalisation issues, including advice on correcting past underpayments and the commencement of negligence actions against former advisers.