Hunter, Wendy

Wendy Hunter

Partner

Wendy Hunter is a partner and head of our London Pensions Practice Group. Having joined Squire Patton Boggs in 1993, she has over 19 years’ experience advising employers and trustees on all aspects of pensions law, including scheme documentation and pension aspects of corporate transactions, especially public to private sector transfers and investment matters. 

The breadth and depth of her experience is recognised by the leading legal directories, Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK. One states that “she combines a strong technical knowledge of pensions issues with an ability to communicate effectively with, and relate to, trustee directors”, while the other notes that she is “very experienced, practical and willing to give strong advice”.

Wendy is a member of the legislation committee of the Society of Pension Professionals and a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers. She frequently contributes to pensions and legal press and is a regular speaker on pensions matters in both the private and public sectors.

She has a special interest in public sector pensions and is a member of the Squire Patton Boggs national Public Sector Pensions Group.

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  • Advising trustees and employers on pension scheme mergers and de-mergers, including for trustees of the pension arrangements of several regulated utilities.
  • Advising on the pensions aspects of outsourcing arrangements, including public to private sector transfers.
  • Setting up a new industry-wide “multiple-section multiple-benefit” structure (defined benefit and defined contribution) scheme for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
  • Advising on major benefit restructuring involving the sectionalisation of an electricity group.
  • Advising on the pensions implications of numerous corporate restructurings often involving the negotiation of apportionment or withdrawal agreements and the use of contingent assets such as letters of credit and guarantee and including clearance applications.
  • Advising on, drafting, reviewing and negotiating admission agreements and related commercial documents, and, historically, broadly comparable arrangements.
  • Advising large potential contractor to an academies operator on how to structure a bid to enable staff currently in 26 LGPS Funds to be given continued participation in the LGPS via a single LGPS Fund and how to minimise exposure of the contractor to liability for funding any past service liabilities.
  • Working with trustees and scheme employers to implement risk management and governance improvement programmes often focusing on authorities, delegation and data security.
  • Advising numerous UK pension trustee clients on segregated IMAs and pooled fund documentation across all asset classes. Recent experience includes infrastructure, high-yield debt funds and real estate funds.
  • Advising on application of LGPS investment regulations to a range of asset classes and, in particular, the possible use of hedging.

Education

  • Aston University, B.Sc., (Hons)

Admissions

  • England and Wales, 1995

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Wendy is a member of the legislation committee of the Society of Pension Professionals and a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers. She frequently contributes to pensions and legal press and is a regular speaker on pensions matters in both the private and public sectors.

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Recognized as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2016
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Pensions: non-contentious
  • Recommended in both The Legal 500 UK and Chambers UK

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