Jennifer Lewis

Jenny Lewis is a director based in the Birmingham pensions team. She has particular expertise in public sector pensions and staff transfers from the public to the private sector.

Jenny advises on issues across local government, central government, education, health and voluntary sectors. She advises administering authorities and scheme employers in the Local Government Pension Scheme on a wide variety of admission and operational matters and on managing exits from the scheme. Her clients also include housing associations, NHS bodies and charities as well as private sector providers.

In addition, Jenny advises employers on the pensions aspects of M&A transactions and business sales, outsourcings and on changing pension benefits and managing liabilities. Jenny recently advised Birmingham City Council on the pension aspects of the sale of the National Exhibition Centre Limited to Lloyds Development Capital.

Jenny is also adviser to trustee clients in relation to their occupational pension schemes including funding discussions, liability management exercises and general guidance to trustees on their duties and responsibilities.

Experience

Providing regular ongoing advice to an administering authority of a London Borough Pension Fund in connection with a variety of employer, admission and operational matters including interpretation of regulations, admission agreements, bonds and guarantees and employer covenant.

Advising Birmingham City Council on the pension aspects of the sale of the NEC Group to LDC, as part of which the NEC's two defined benefit schemes will be retained by and benefit from the continued financial support of the City Council.

Supporting Amey PLC in connection with the pension aspects of its highways maintenance contract with Birmingham City Council, including drafting contract provisions and reviewing and negotiating its admission agreement and bond.

Advising one of the UK's leading providers of housing, care and community services in relation to the pension aspects of mergers with other smaller housing associations, acquisitions and ongoing issues relating to its participation in the LGPS, the Social Housing Pension Scheme and the NHS Pension Scheme.

Advising private providers contracting with NHS bodies on the requirements of New Fair Deal, in particular their obligations under NHS Directions, Provider Access to the NHS Pension Scheme and returning staff to the NHS Pension Scheme mid-contract.

Advising sponsors and trustees in respect of running 'broadly comparable' pension schemes

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

    • Career
      July2018
      Gowling WLG (UK), director
  • 2016

    • Career
      2016
      Gowling WLG (UK), principal associate
  • 2008

    • Career
      February2008
      Wragge & Co LLP
  • 2005

    • Career
      February2005
      Bevan Brittan LLP, Associate
  • 2002

    • Career
      October2002
      Martineau Johnson, Trainee Solicitor
  • 2001

    • Education
      2001
      Nottingham Law School
  • 1998

    • Education
      1998
      Lancaster University - LLB Law