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Vanessa Wells, Legal Director

Vanessa Wells

Legal Director

Practice areas

  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Pensions

Practice notes

Vanessa is a Legal Director in our Pensions Group with 15 years of pensions experience.

Vanessa has a wide range of employer and trustee clients and advises in relation to some of the largest pension schemes in the UK (including the GE Pension Plan, the BA schemes, the Tesco Pension Scheme, The National Grid UK Pension Scheme and the ESPS,).

She has experience advising on general day to day matters such as individual member and technical queries, as well as larger projects such as de-risking solutions, mergers, governance reviews, corporate restructurings, benefit changes, funding negotiations, wind-ups and PPF/FAS assessments.

Vanessa's recent projects include: establishing the Deloitte Pensions Master Plan; strategic advice on funding negotiations and corporate restructuring; multiple scheme mergers; closing to future accrual, advice to insurer on a multi-billion pound buy-out; a consolidated, plain English, rules rewrite for a notionally sectionalised scheme with 12 benefit sections; governance reviews; and strategic advice to employers on the implementation of automatic enrolment.

Vanessa spent a year on secondment at the Pensions Regulator assisting in the development of the Code of Practice on Trustee Knowledge and Understanding and the associated guidance documents. Vanessa is a regular speaker at training sessions for trustees, employers and junior pensions lawyers and has written a number of articles for the pensions press.

Vanessa sits on the International Sub-committees of the Association of Pension Lawyers and the Society for Pension Professionals and the DC Standing Committee of PensionsEurope. She is an Associate of the Pensions Management Institute having been awarded the Advanced Diploma in Retirement Provision in January 2009 was also awarded the Diploma in International Employee Benefits in December 2008.