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Pensions support for Charities and the Third Sector

The Wrigleys’ pensions team has significant experience supporting charities and other third sector organisations in connection with their pension arrangements, including public sector pension schemes.  In particular, we advise clients on the pensions aspects of incorporation, including the transfer of defined benefit pension liabilities from the unincorporated- to the incorporated charity.  We also help clients to understand their pension obligations in connection with the tendering / retendering of contracts, including those which involve the transfer of staff from the public sector.  Finally, we help clients to manage their pension liabilities on the reorganisation and merger of charities.  All of these transactions can give rise to significant pensions issues, including the requirement to make substantial debt / exit payments in some circumstances.  With the right support and advice, these risks can be managed so please do get in touch with your usual Wrigleys contact if you would like to find out more about the pensions team.

Recent matters:

  • advising students unions on the transfer of pension liabilities under the National Students Union Superannuation Scheme as part of an incorporation process,

  • advising an Oxbridge college on the transfer of pension liabilities under three defined benefit pension schemes as part of an incorporation process,

  • advising a charity on the outsourcing of services from the local council, including the transfer of staff from the public sector, the charity’s admission to the local government pension scheme, and the allocation of funding risk through the use of a passthrough agreement.

‘I have found Wrigleys extremely easy to do business with. We engaged them on a project due to conflict within our London based legal advisers. They have proved themselves equally capable and up to the task and at considerably lower hourly rates.’

Legal 500 (2022)

"They are extremely bright and provide a high level of service and expertise."

"Their advice has always been pragmatic and commercial."

Chambers and Partners (2021)

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