Walker Morris appoints new Head of Pensions and expands team to meet growing demand in high value, complex pensions work

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08/05/2015

Image: Walker Morris Pensions Team (L-R) , Gwendoline Davies (Pensions Litigation), Jo Ratcliffe (Head of Pensions), Ruth Bamforth (Associate)

Walker Morris has announced that Jo Ratcliffe has been appointed as their new Head of Pensions and has expanded its pension team with the appointment of pensions barrister, Ruth Bamforth, to reinforce its specialist expertise in high value, complex pensions legal matters to meet the growth in demand.

Pensions partner, Jo Ratcliffe, is being promoted to Head of Pensions. Jo is widely recognised in the industry and has been ranked as a leading pensions lawyer for over a decade by the independent legal guide, Chambers & Partners.  In 2014 she was winner of the ‘Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Award for Pensions’.

Ruth who joins from Gordons LLP has almost 20 years’ experience of advising trustees and employers of occupational pension schemes and is ranked in Legal 500 as a leading pensions lawyer. She is a recognised figure in the pensions sector through her regular speaking appointments and her memberships of the Association of Pensions Lawyers Legislative and Parliamentary Committee and the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF).

The Walker Morris team provides pension law advice to a number of blue chip clients such as the Capita and Pensions Life Assurance Scheme, the Capita International Retirement Benefits Scheme, the Russell Hobbs Pension Schemes and Leeds Building Society.  The Team advises on all types of scheme, from Small Self Administered Schemes to large occupational pension schemes with asset values in excess of £800 million

Ian Gilbert, Managing Partner at Walker Morris said:

“These appointments are driven by the fact that we are winning more and more, high value, complex pensions work where our expertise and experience is able to add real value.

“The Pensions industry is going through the biggest legislative change for many years, with radical amendments to the rules on the use of members’ defined contribution benefits.  Our ability to provide a focussed and experienced team to provide advice on these issues has won favour with a number of our clients and as a result we’ve grown our business in this sector.

“Jo’s promotions are testament to the hard work and client commitment they’ve shown over the years and I would like to congratulate them on their success.  Ruth’s appointment will reinforce the experience and resources of the Team and I look forward to welcoming her to the Firm.”

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