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Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English

Jennifer is a partner in the Pensions team. Jennifer’s experience includes general advisory work covering all aspects of occupational pensions for both sponsoring employers and trustees. She advises scheme documentation, scheme mergers, and the pensions aspects of corporate transactions and restructurings, including major outsourcing programmes and dispute resolution. She has also advised on complex scheme restructurings and drafted and negotiated innovative funding guarantees with overseas parents.

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  • Advising trustees on complex scheme restructurings and scheme mergers.
  • Advising employers on scheme closures and restructurings.
  • Day to day advice to trustees of pension schemes on a wide range of topics including in particular funding issues arising out of the Pensions Act 2004 Statutory Funding Objective, negotiation of both standard PPF format and scheme-specific funding guarantees and other contingent assets, discretionary trusts payments, ill health early retirement, Finance Act 2004 issues, pension sharing on divorce, IDR and Ombudsman complaints, MNT/MND requirements and conflicts of interest.
  • Advising on the legal issues in DC Schemes including those arising out of the introduction of new and changes to existing DC investment options, trustee protections and DC Governance.
  • Negotiation of investment management agreements with fund managers and investment policies with providers including L&G, BGI, Fidelity and PIMCO.
  • Advising on Pension Protection Fund Guarantees and security issues, including extension of PPF guarantees.
  • Advising on issues arising out of the winding up of pension schemes and securing of member benefits, including trustee insurance, benefit specifications, trustee disclosure requirements; buy ins and buy outs.
  • Advising on company takeover issues as impacting on pension schemes and negotiating security for pension scheme trustees.
  • Advising on corporate restructurings and making clearance applications, negotiating re flexible apportionment arrangements and related documentation; advising trustees in connection with a regulated apportionment arrangement agreed with TPR and the PPF.

Litigation experience

  • Denny v Yeldon as the fourth defendant in an action challenging removal and appointment of Independent Trustees; Hoover Ltd v Hetherington and The Hoover Trust Fund (1987) Ltd [2002] relating to interpretation of early retirement wording for deferred members and employer consent requirement; Pitmans v The Telecommunications Group Plc [2004] relating to the application of s75 to multi-employer schemes; IBM UK Pensions Trust v IBM UK Holdings and Others [2012] relating to the rectification of Scheme deeds back to 1983 and most recently IBM v S Dalgleish, L Harrison and IBM UK Pensions Trust [2014].
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Education

  • 1989 – B.A. (Hons) Oxon
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Memberships

  • Full Member, Association of Pension Lawyers
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Publications

  • Editor of and Contributor to the Pensions Law Handbook (13th Edition), Bloomsbury
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