Catrin joined Burges Salmon's Pensions and Incentives Unit in June 2011. She trained and qualified with Walker Morris Solicitors in Leeds, after having graduated in law from the University of Manchester.
Catrin has specialised in pensions law since 2007. Prior to that she specialised in employment law, where she advised on the employment aspects of pension scheme change exercises, an unfair dismissal claim in which the claimant blew the whistle to the Pensions Regulator and a wrongful dismissal claim from a senior executive claiming significant pension losses, including for loss of a FURBS.
Her particular experience includes:
- Advising trustees on buy-in and buy-out exercises. In particular, she advised the trustees of the Kenwood Pension Scheme on Legal & General's first use of its deferred premium derisking facility;
- Advising non-associated defined benefit multi-employer schemes on employer debt issues including advice to the trustee of a scheme that had been poorly administered for years and had inadvertently triggered wind-up following the dissolution of a former principal employer, meaning that there were issues with the appointment of past trustees and validity of past amendments. The Pensions Regulator had to invoke its power to appoint a trustee, following which Catrin devised a solution involving the employers, members and trustee to reinstate the dissolved principal employer and validate past decisions;
- Advising the trustees of DC master trust schemes on their regulation and the introduction of the authorisation regime introduced by the Pension Schemes Act 2017; and
- Advising and delivering training to trustee clients on the implications of the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation from May 2018 including the development of Burges Salmon’s pensions team GDPR offering and template documentation.
Catrin is an experienced trainer at seminars and trustee meetings and is a full member of the Association of Pension Lawyers. Her first language is Welsh.