Rosalind Connor

Rosalind handles non-contentious Pensions matters, advising employers, trustees, investors and lenders in relation to the pensions legal framework. She has particular expertise in transactions and restructuring and also in advising on executive and private pension schemes such as SIPPs and SSASs. Rosalind trained at Gouldens and remained at the firm when it merged into Jones Day, becoming a partner in 2008. She was later a partner at Taylor Wessing and then Arc Pensions Law, where she was managing partner between 2020 and 2024. Rosalind is a former chair of the Association of Pension Lawyers and the London Regional Group of the Pensions Management Institute. She is a regular speaker and writer on pensions legal issues, and has co-authored three books in the area. She has been regularly ranked in Chambers for many years, where she has been noted as “a brilliant legal adviser who gets straight to the point and gives clear advice.”

Experience

Relevant experience includes:

  • Advising the lenders to an international group on the UK pensions aspects of a restructuring, managing engagements with the trustees, the Pension Protection Fund and the Pensions Regulator.
  • Advising a private equity investor on the take-private of a group with a defined benefit pension scheme, engaging with the target, trustees and the Pensions Regulator to agree appropriate terms.
  • Providing updated trust documentation for small self-administered schemes for a SSAS provider.
  • Advising a proposed acquirer of a large group with several defined benefit pension schemes in relation to transaction, particularly in the light of the Virgin Media judgment and its effects on liabilities.
  • Advising a large and formerly listed company on the provision of loans to its defined benefit pension scheme in the wake of the LDI crisis of Autumn 2022.
  • Advising a small pension scheme on a proportionate approach to the effect of the Lloyds judgments on GMP equalisation.
  • Assisting on the dismantling of an asset-backed funding arrangement, negotiating with trustees and advising on the regulatory issues.