Pensions team boosted by Partner appointment

Posted on the 30 March 2015

Pensions team boosted by Partner appointment

The Pensions team at law firm Ward Hadaway has been strengthened with the appointment of experienced expert Ian O'Toole.

Ian, who joins the firm as a Partner, has more than 15 years' specialist experience advising on all aspects of pensions matters.

His recruitment comes as the latest in a series of major shake-ups hits the sector as the Government frees up regulations on cashing in pensions for the over-55s.

Ian advises companies and trustees on a wide range of pensions matters, encompassing advisory, transactional and trustee work and including issues such as auto-enrolment, scheme mergers and de-mergers and dealing with the Pensions Regulator.

His experience includes advising a leading fashion group on scheme merger issues, advising the UK subsidiary of a Japanese multinational company on a pensions de-merger and the establishment of a new scheme and managing pensions issues on the sale of a manufacturer to a major UK defence company.

Ian has also provided general advice on pension schemes to companies ranging from SMEs to household multi-nationals and has acted as an independent trustee to more than 50 final salary schemes.

Speaking about his appointment, Ian said: "I am delighted to be joining Ward Hadaway. The pensions sector is undergoing some seismic changes with the introduction of auto-enrolment and the freeing up of regulations governing the use of individuals' pension pots.

"These changes are set to have major effects on companies of all sizes and all kinds. As part of a leading full service firm such as Ward Hadaway, we in the firm's Pensions team are able to call on colleagues across a range of different departments to offer truly comprehensive advice to businesses, trustees and other professionals in the pensions sector.

"I am really looking forward to working with my new colleagues and taking on the challenge of the rapidly changing pensions landscape."

Colin Hewitt, Partner and Head of Commercial at Ward Hadaway, said: "With companies facing some real challenges on the pensions front, we wanted to really strengthen our team in the area and there is no doubt that the recruitment of Ian does exactly that.

"As well as having a sound grasp of the technicalities of pensions law, Ian is also extremely adept at using his knowledge to provide the kind of commercially-focused advice which companies really value.

"I am sure he will prove a terrific addition to our Pensions team and be of great assistance to our clients across the country."