telephone: 0113 244 6100
Since we came together in 1996 the growth of Wrigleys from a 2 partner firm with a total staff of 14, to a medium sized firm now with 22 partners and a total staff of over 130, has been achieved in equal measure by organic growth and from our origins, absorbing the specialist private client and charity departments of other well known practices. Future growth will be restricted to our existing specialist areas, but we continue to expand and would welcome recognised experts in those areas who wish to join us.
Tel: 0113 244 6100
Fax: 0113 244 6101
Areas of practice:
In the latest Chambers entry Raymond Ainscoe, who heads up the expanding pensions team, is declared to be "everything you'd want in a trustee-side lawyer."
He has extensive experience of most aspects of occupational pension schemes, including:
* Drafting complex scheme changes including mergers and benefit design changes;
*Assisting on trustee issues from scheme funding issues to member nominated trustee issues;
* Offering non-litigious pensions support on litigious matters and advising on non-litigious disputes;
* Issues concerned with the duty to provide the same normal retirement age for men and women;
* Advising in the context of scheme wind-ups.
Recent work includes having acted for the trustees of the TWIL Group Pension Fund in the High Court case "Betafence Limited v Veys and Others" regarding sex equalisation, amendments, severability and the rules in Hastings-Bass. In addition, Raymond provided advice in connection with the High Court case "Sovereign Trustees Limited v Glover" regarding a faulty conversion from defined benefits to defined contribution provisions.
Most recently, Raymond has been advising on corporate re-structuring which brings into play 'moral hazard' issues, connected with the Pensions Regulator's ability to levy contribution notices and financial support directions on parties.
He is a trustee of a number of occupational pension schemes.
Professional Memberships and Associations:
Association of Pension Lawyers
Former member of the Committee of the Cheviot Trust (formerly the Law Society's Pension Fund)
Lectured at Leeds Metropolitan University, APL, NAPF and PMI seminars
Contributor to Tolley's "Pension Law" (co-author on the chapter on the pensions aspects of divorce)
Author of "Practical Inheritance Tax Aspects of Pension Schemes"
Contributor to "Pensions World", "Pensions Management", "Journal of Pensions Management" and "Trust Law and Practice" magazines