Leading legal business DWF has appointed partner Amanda Banister to its expanding pensions team in London. Amanda joins from Stephenson Harwood and will enhance DWF’s City and national team's pensions advisory, transactional and litigation capability.
Amanda has over 15 years of pensions law experience across the full range of pensions issues. She has significant expertise in the interaction between pensions and corporate insolvency as well as pensions-related restructurings, pre-packs and regulated apportionment arrangements, having acted on many of the high-profile insolvency/restructuring cases involving pensions in the last 10 years. She has also advised the Board of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) on a number of high-profile matters, including sex equalisation needed as a result of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions, the PPF Levy and the Hampshire v PPF case (recently referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union).
Amanda has been involved in a number of significant projects for pension scheme trustees and employers, including advising on a three-scheme sectionalised merger and "escrow-like" funding arrangement and a high-value, innovative asset-backed contribution (ABC) structure.
DWF’s pensions client base will benefit from Amanda’s litigious experience ranging from Pensions Ombudsman matters to proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union and she will be advising the firm’s national clients on the whole range of pensions issues, including scheme mergers, complex funding structures, scheme closure negotiations, liability management, ABC arrangements and public sector matters.
Amanda comments on her appointment: “DWF’s pensions practice is well-established, it has a strong presence in the North West and Scotland and we’re looking to grow it in London, further enabling the firm to service national and local clients from anywhere in the UK with the same level of experience and capability. I look forward to working with the team and strengthening DWF’s pensions litigation capability in a market that’s growing, as well as bringing new relationships into the fold.”
Tim Green, DWF National Head of Pensions, says: “Amanda is a very well-regarded pensions lawyer and will add significant experience to a fast-growing team which acts across the entire pensions spectrum. Our pensions team has a strong client base acting for schemes operated by household names and FTSE100 companies and the rate at which it is continuing to grow is testament to the specialist work we do and the innovative approach we take to pensions law.”
DWF is growing its capability in the City and has invested in a number of senior appointments, including Head of Corporate in London Matthew Doughty from Squire Patton Boggs and commercial litigation partner Jonathan Isaacs from PwC Legal.