Welcome Reception & Registration at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, Manchester
Welcome Reception & Registration.
Wednesday, 15 November 2023 18:00 PM - Friday, 17 November 2023 15:30 PM
We're delighted that the APL annual conference in 2023 will return to Manchester. We look forward to seeing you there for what is shaping up to be a fascinating line up of talks. It's going to be the bee's knees! Emily Rowley, Sackers
Conference Organiser 2023
This year's APL Conference will be held at:
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel
From Manchester Piccadilly Station
On Foot: From Piccadilly Train station head West along Fairfield Street which will then continue into Whitworth Street. Upon reaching the Whitworth Street and Oxford Street junction with the Palace Theatre on your right hand side turn left where you will find the entrance of the hotel on your left. For the Edwardian when you reach the Palace Theatre turn right and carry on past St Peter's Square and the Midland Hotel and the hotel is on your left.
Tram: Take the tram from Piccadilly Train Station to St Peter's Square and walk down Oxford Road past the Palace Theatre, the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel is the next building past the junction. For The Edwardian Manchester walk up Peter Street carry on past the Midland Hotel and the hotel is on your left.
From Manchester Airport:
Tram: Take the tram from Manchester Airport to St Peter's Square and walk down Oxford Road past the Palace Theatre, the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel is the next building past the junction. For The Edwardian Manchester walk up Peter Street carry on past the Midalnd Hotel and the hotel is on your left.
By taxi: There are taxi ranks at the airport, alternatively you can use uber or Street Cars - 0161 228 7878.
By car: Google maps link
Welcome Reception & Registration.
We are pleased to invite associates, senior associates and barristers of less than 15
years’ call (and those of equivalent status) to join us for a networking dinner.
To Book a place: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org cc-ing email@example.com
Where? James Martin Manchester, 2 Watson Street, Manchester, M3 4LP
How do I find it?
How much? £45
Session Chaired By: Kirsty Pake, Sackers10:00 - 10:45
Session Chaired By: Kate Beech, TLT14:15 - 15:00
Session Chaired By: Kate Beech, TLT15:00 - 15:45
Drinks Reception: 19:15
Dinner & Entertainment: 20:00 'til late
Open to all APL Members to attend
Session Chaired By: Claire Carroll, Eversheds Sutherland10:00 - 10:45
Session Chaired By: Jeremy Harris, Fieldfisher11:45 - 12:30
Session Chaired By: Philip Jelley, Gately Legal13:30 - 14:15
Session Chaired By: Philip Jelley, Gately Legal14:15 - 15:00
Claire Carey is a partner at law firm Sackers and heads up their knowledge team, ensuring clients and lawyers at kept up-to-date with pensions related developments. Having served on a number of committees over the years, Claire is the current Chair of the Association of Pension Lawyers. In her spare time she enjoys watching most sports, but football and rugby in particular, and is an avid fan of Liverpool FC.
Rosalind worked at Gouldens, Jones Day and Taylor Wessing before joining Arc in its early days at the start of 2016. She has been managing partner of the firm since 2020. Rosalind has served on the International Committee, been APL Secretary and then Chair, and then joined the L&P Committee. Recently, she has been involved with the L&P’s work on dashboards, scheme funding and regulatory powers and appeared in front of the W&P Parliamentary Select Committee on behalf of the APL, an experience she does not recommend.
Sandie is the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion lead at TPR having joined the organisation in June 2022. She most recently worked at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as the Head of Policy Transformation and Diversity & Inclusion. She is a CIPD accredited HR professional with over 10 years’ experience in the public sector. She is responsible for promoting equality, diversity and inclusion both within TPR and the wider industry.
Simon Evans is part of the CMS Pensions team, dealing with contentious and non-contentious matters. His experience includes advising Coats Group on defending and settling a long-running FSD investigation, establishing the largest asset backed funding arrangement to date, and advising a number of trustees through distressed employer situations and underfunded wind ups.
Ben is a litigator with a focus on pensions-related disputes.
This includes extensive experience of acting and advising in relation to pension scams matters. He has been acting since 2011 for professional trustees appointed by TPR dealing with the aftermath of pension scams, recovering assets where possible and seeking Court directions where needed.
He has also acted for many clients grappling with claims arising from transfers between schemes where scam activity is suspected, including representing Royal London in the case of Hughes v Royal London.
Ben has been a member of the Pension Scams Industry Group since it was formed.
Ian is a partner at Gowling WLG and heads up its Pensions Disputes practice.
The team specialises exclusively in seeking to resolve issues and disputes involving occupational pension
Andrew is a senior associate at Sackers. Holding dual qualification in England & Wales and Scotland, Andrew advises trustees and employers around the UK (sometimes further afield) on a wide range of pensions matters, including risk transfer transactions, pensions tax issues and dealing with historic issues.
Andrew is a member of the Future Leaders in Pensions committee of the APL and has shadowed the L&P committee over the course of 2023
Luke is head of Pensions Advisory at Grant Thornton. He joined as a partner in 2022, following a six-month secondment at the Pensions Regulator, having previously worked in covenant advisory for more than 15 years across two leading independent advisory firms. His experience covers the whole spectrum of covenant advisory services, including triennial reviews, annual monitoring, corporate restructuring and M&A activity, from both trustee and sponsor perspectives, across a range of sectors and scheme asset sizes. He has also worked on a number of high-profile regulatory engagement and enforcement matters.
Jon is a fintech leader with over 25 years’ experience across pensions, platforms and business-focused technology. He began his career in pensions administration and is now Principal Consultant and Pensions Specialist at Bravura. He’s the lead architect for their Pensions Dashboards ISP solution and workplace savings strategy.
He is a platform speaker, webinar and podcast host, as well as an active, opinionated, and quirky influencer on social media. He’s Pensions Age’s Personality of the Year 2023, thanks to his efforts in uniting the industry and sharing best practice in the Pensions Dashboards Programme (PDP).
Dawn is a pensions partner at Freshfields. She advises across a full range of pensions issues, with a particular emphasis on pensions issues on corporate transactions and employer distress, complex scheme funding/covenant support arrangements and de-risking/managing surplus. She is the current chair of the APL Legislative and Parliamentary sub-committee, having served on that sub-committee for a number of years and having previously served on the Investment sub-committee (as it was then called).
Nick has a substantial pensions law, commercial disputes and professional negligence practice. He has particular expertise in cross-over financial services work, gained in-house at the General Counsel’s Divison of the FCA. He is ranked as a Leading Junior in The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, most recently described as “simply a star of the Bar. Good humoured, commercial, clients absolutely love him.”
David is a partner specialising in pensions law at Travers Smith. David is also a member of the Pensions Scams Industry Group.
I am currently Head of Sales in the DB Risk Transfer team. I’ve worked in life insurance for 20 years, the last 6 of which have been pension risk transfer.
My team are responsible for managing and executing Just’s bulk annuity transactions. This includes the initial pipeline discussions with consultants, the ever more important triaging of opportunities, proposing the premium to quote and negotiation of legal terms.
Prior roles include strategic pricing of Just’s Guaranteed Income for Life Proposition and managing a group life insurance portfolio at a mutual.
Henry has acted in many of the leading cases in the pensions arena, including (most recently) Axminster and Univar. He also contributes the chapter on pensions to the OUP book Directors’ Duties (now with Tom Robinson) – which seems to be surprisingly popular.
Ferdy advises clients from a wide range of industries and acts for trustees of pension schemes and employers on technical and strategic matters. Recent work has included acting on closures to future accrual, sectionalisation projects, funding discussions as well as risk transfer work.
His practice also focuses on DC pensions and he has recently assisted a client obtain master trust authorisation from the Pensions Regulator. He has particular expertise in auto-enrolment and an interest in other areas where employment issues meet pensions law.
Ferdy is chair of the International sub-committee of the APL.
I joined Just’s in house Legal team as a Senior Solicitor 2 years ago (November 2021) and support the business on all aspects of DB scheme risk transfer, ie buy ins and buy outs.
Before that I was a private practice lawyer for over 15 years specialising in pensions. Firstly at Allen & Overy, then Dentons and finally in the pensions team at Trowers & Hamlins. In private practice, I advised both employers and trustees on a wider range of issues, including risk transfer projects.
I am a member of the APL Investment sub-committee and chair of the PLSA South London Group.
Rachel Pinto is a partner in Herbert Smith Freehills' Pensions team.
She is experienced in advising both sponsoring employers and trustee boards on a wide range of projects, including scheme mergers, scheme restructuring, liability management exercises, proposals regarding scheme funding and changes to benefit design. She has particular expertise in de-risking transactions through the insurance market, acting for both insurers and trustees.
Rachel is listed in both Chambers and the Legal 500. She is a member of the APL's Legislative & Parliamentary sub-committee
Carly is a Managing Counsel in the PPF’s Legal Team. She leads on legal advice and support for the Fraud Compensation Fund, PPF Levy, Information - and, following on from her previous Legal Counsel specialist Pensions role and private practice experience, provides the PPF with additional legal management and support for Pensions. Carly is also keen to support others to enter the legal industry – recently hosting in-house work experience for aspiring lawyers on the 10,000 Interns programme.
Anna qualified into pensions at Nabarro Nathanson in 1985, ignoring advice to specialise in a field with "more longevity". After moving to Rowe and Maw in 1987, she became a Partner in 1989. The merger with Mayer Brown in 2001 created an international pensions team, and she became Head of UK Pensions in 2007. In 2015 Anna left to found pensions specialist firm Arc Pensions Law. She is a fellow of the PMI and has been a member of the PLSA's Policy Board and currently its DB Committee. From 2013 to 2015 she was Chair of the APL.
Emma is a Legal Counsel in the PPF Legal Team. She has been at the PPF since 2016 when she joined as a Paralegal, and subsequently qualified in 2022. She is lucky enough to work across all legal areas at the PPF and has a specific interest in the interaction between these areas and data and cybersecurity issues.
Sian joined TPR in August 2018. Prior to TPR that she was at Government Legal/TSOL, and, before that, was in private practice. Since being at TPR, Sian has worked on various aspects of the Superfunds & DB Alternative workstream, Master Trust Authorisation and supervision, in addition to ED &I.
Matthew is a partner at DLA Piper where he heads the London Employment and Pensions team. He advises on all aspects of pensions law and recent notable work includes advising Uber on its automatic enrolment duties following the recent Supreme Court judgement on worker status and, as a member of the Pension Scams Industry Group, helping draft key legal sections of the Combatting Pension Scams Code of Practice and Practitioner’s Guide, which received widespread praise from the Pensions Regulator, the Pensions Ombudsman and the Pensions Minister. He has been described by a leading pensions KC as having "an extensive knowledge of pensions law and practice, very sound legal judgement and good commercial sense.”
James has been at Wilberforce since 2007 and has extensive experience in pensions cases in both the regulatory and non-regulatory sphere. He has particular experience in the moral hazard powers arena having being been instructed in relation to cases such as BHS, Box Clever, Lehman, Nortel, Great Lakes and Meghraj, among others.
Please do get in touch with Sam Dignan at APL@moore-insight.com should you need any assistance at the Conference or if, for medical or access reasons, you would be interested in attending the Conference as a live-stream. Attending the Conference in this way is on an exceptions only basis as an adjustment for those who are unable to attend in person rather than being available more generally.
Accommodation on Wednesday and Thursday nights in either the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel or The Edwardian Manchester, A Radisson Collection Hotel
Drinks reception on the Wednesday evening at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel
Breakfast lunch and refreshments on Thursday and Friday
The drinks reception and gala dinner at Imperial War Museum North