Beth Darragh is an associate in the Leeds Pensions team. Beth joined the Pensions team in 2018 and qualified as a pensions lawyer in December 2020. She deals with a wide range of pensions issues affecting defined contribution (DC) and defined benefit (DB) pension schemes.

    Beth advises corporates and trustees of both DB and DC pension schemes on a wide range of pensions issues, and has significant experience advising on pensions aspects of corporate transactions. Beth sits on the internal Pension Schemes Act, Data Protection and Public Sector Pensions working groups and regularly writes articles and blogs on topical pensions issues.

    Beth also supports the firm’s social mobility initiatives, both as a mentor for those qualifying via alternative means routes and as a speaker on a number of panel sessions, including the Drive Forward Foundation to support young people as they navigate their early careers, build employability skills and develop valuable networks to enable them to succeed in the world of work.

    Beth was shortlisted for Professional Women in Pensions, Trainee of the Year Award 2020.

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    • Advising a number of clients in relation to DC and DB schemes with assets ranging from £300 million to in excess of £1 billion on a wide range of pensions issues. This includes scheme governance, member queries and communications, and drafting scheme documentation.
    • Assisting on a number of corporate transactions providing pensions support. Beth regularly analyses the automatic enrolment compliance of a range of companies and drafts due diligence reports commenting on her findings and opining on the commercial risk.
    • Drafting scheme documentation and conducting reviews of key documentation required by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and ensuring consistent drafting throughout large suites of documents.
    • Advising trustee clients in connection with disputes with scheme members.

    Education

    • BPP University, Leeds, LPC, 2017
    • University of Leeds, LL.B., 2016

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2020
    • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, 2020
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