Public sector pensions have never been more in the public eye. The changes to be implemented by the Public Service Pensions Act 2013, together with the general restructuring of public services, present a considerable challenge.
Wrigleys has extensive experience of public sector pensions. The Pensions Team can assist with projects such as outsourcing of services and on-going issues such as maintenance of appropriate procedures. We have particular experience with:
- Shared service arrangements (working closely with our colleagues in Wrigleys’ Employment Team). Further information on shared services is available here.
- Third Sector involvement in public sector pensions.
- Academy conversions and pensions.
Examples of our assistance include:
- Advising a local charity on the novation of its Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) pensions liability and the requirements applicable to community admission bodies.
- Advising a new academy school on the adoption of appropriate procedures for the exercise of its various discretions under the LGPS.
We work closely with Wrigleys' sector leading Charities and Social Economy Team to ensure that all clients have access to legal advice on pensions.
Wrigleys' solicitors are experienced in TUPE transfers in the private sector, the public sector and the third sector.
Wrigleys is a market leader in the field of TUPE, counting among the employment team Dr John McMullen, the author of the leading text book on the subject and a nationally and internationally recognised expert.
Examples of our advice in this area are:
- Outsourcing (service provision change).
- Business transfers.
- Transfers of functions from public sector to third sector and the private sector.
- The restructuring of public sector organisations.
We deal with TUPE transfers involving workforces comprising just a few employees to several thousand.
We can assist you with:
- The transfer agreement.
- Information and consultation.
- Due diligence.
- Managing the integration.
- Pensions support.
Of Dr John McMullen, Chambers & Partners commends his:
"knowledge and expertise" and acknowledges that "He is very thorough and has a no-nonsense approach"
of the Wrigleys employment team, Chambers & Partners comment:
“A fantastic, knowledgeable, helpful team.They are exceptional professionals with outstanding practices.”
John also writes extensively on the topic of TUPE, including being the author of the following leading text: