Joint Head of Pensions
Ruth is a Partner and the Joint Head of our Pensions Team. Experienced in advising trustees and employers on a wide range of pension matters, Ruth is particularly interested in the pensions issues faced by the Third Sector.
A pragmatic and commercial legal adviser, Ruth finds cutting through a knotty problem to resolve an issue for the benefit of her clients the most rewarding part of her work. She notes that, “pensions law and regulation is a minefield of highly complex and technical rules”, but, she says, “I get most job satisfaction when I have been able to solve a client’s pensions issue, and of course, been able to explain that solution in a straightforward and easily understandable way”.
Describing her approach to client work as methodical, Ruth knows this helps when it comes to juggling competing deadlines – something that’s a fact of life in legal practice. Being organised and keeping lines of communication open with clients and colleagues is key to ensuring deadlines are met and expectations managed.
Ruth is a regular speaker and is joint author of Tolley’s Pensions Law and a member of the Practical Law Company consultative editorial board. She is also a member of a number of trade associations, including: The Association of Pension Lawyers, APL Legislative and Parliamentary sub-committee and the PMI Yorkshire Group.
A barrister, Ruth moved into employment with solicitors’ firms when she was a year qualified, and, she says, “I have not looked back”. Ruth is a trainee supervisor and enjoys mentoring junior lawyers.