Helen is a senior counsel in our Pensions Department. Helen advises trustees, employers and parties to corporate activity on all aspects of pensions law and practice.
Helen helps clients to understand and make informed decisions about complex UK pension arrangements. She advises trustee and employer clients on the legal aspects of their occupational pension schemes and corporate clients on the implications of having such a scheme within their group or target.
Helen works with both defined benefit and defined contribution pension arrangements. Her experience includes giving legal advice on: benefit change and liability management exercises; employer covenant, funding and security; Regulator involvement; PPF entry and scheme wind up. Helen particularly enjoys working with employers, advising on member communication and consultation exercises; automatic enrolment and the relevant tax rules.
Client and sector experience
Helen has worked with many different clients (both UK and overseas based) but has particular experience of working with organisations in de-nationalised industries and in the not-for-profit sector.
Helen's clients include the trustees or sponsoring employers of the AWE (Atomic Weapons Establishment), Bank of England and Centrica pension schemes. A career highlight was advising Japanese media group Nikkei on the pensions aspects of its acquisition of the Financial Times.
Helen has been described, alongside Partner Susie Daykin, as providing 'top quality, robust legal advice’ (The Legal 500).