Michaela Berry

Michaela Berry is a specialist pension lawyer with many years’ experience of a wide range of pensions issues. This has included scheme set-up and wind-up, mergers and advice to clients on the pension aspects of corporate acquisitions and disposals. She provides guidance to trustees and employers on compliance with legislation.

Michaela heads the firm’s Public Sector team where she advises both local authorities and private employers in relation to public sector outsourcing, including establishing passport schemes and providing advice on admission to the LGPS, as well as advising in relation to the new Fair Deal.

She is also a member of our international pensions team and has experience advising a multinational employer considering setting up a new trust based international pension scheme. Michaela represents the firm at Ius Laboris events and conferences.

Her recent work has involved advising clients facing significant change in their pension fund arrangements, including merging schemes, introducing CARE arrangements, raising member contributions and altering future service accrual and analysing the employer’s contribution covenant.

Michaela’s work highlights include:

  • Advising schemes in relation to PPF entry
  • Advising the trustees of the EMI Pension fund in its £1.4bn buy-out in July 2013
  • Advising the Northern Ireland Water Pension Scheme on a major benefit redesign in 2015
  • Advising the Airbus UK Pension Scheme in relation to a scheme merger in 2018

“She’s been on that journey with us and understands our sensitivities. We have no professional trustees therefore we rely heavily on our advisers. We’ve always looked for proactivity and Michaela provides that.” ~ Alan Banks and Ian Scott, Chair and Trustee of Visteon Engineering Pension Scheme

Memberships & Qualifications:

Membership of professional bodies:

  • Association of Pension Lawyers (Full Member)
  • Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (North London Group Committee Member)

Firm overview:

We are the UK’s leading specialist law firm for pension scheme trustees, employers, corporate investors and providers.

Our entire focus is on advising the pensions and retirement savings industry. We advise trustee boards, sponsoring employers, providers and Government bodies. With a client roster of more than 450 occupational pension schemes, expert legal advice is only the start of our service. We look at what our clients are trying to achieve and give the most commercial and pragmatic advice to reach that objective. This is one of the reasons we have so many long standing clients, with some relationships lasting decades.

“Distinguished pensions boutique with a broad array of experience in defined benefit and defined contribution schemes.” ~ Chambers UK, 2018

We are consistently ranked in the top tier for pensions by both leading UK legal directories (Chambers UK and the Legal 500) and have been for the last twenty years. In addition, we were named Pension Law Firm of the Year 2018 at the recent UK Pensions Awards.

As well as providing advice on ongoing operational issues, we have evolved our offering to match our clients’ changing requirements. This includes our finance and investment capability to assist with liability management, SPVs, guarantees and security arrangements; and a pensions and investment litigation team to advise on contentious issues.

More information about the firm, what we do and how we do it, is available at www.sackers.com