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Barnett Waddingham
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We provide a full range of services for corporate sponsors in relation to defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) pension schemes and other benefits, we advise over 15% of the FTSE350 companies with a DB scheme.

We bring clarity to complex issues such as pensions buy-outs, M&A, financing and cost management, helping you make informed and timely decisions for the benefit of your company.

Our consultants’ extensive knowledge is backed by a commitment to research and a suite of proprietary online tools and software that enable us to offer unique insights and a personalised, flexible service for our clients. An experienced partner will assemble a bespoke team, tailored to your exact needs, and will remain personally involved at all levels of the work.

Sponsors of DB schemes

Our expert actuarial and investment advice can help you make sense of scheme funding valuation negotiations, liability transfers, investment and de-risking strategies, mergers and acquisitions, and PPF levy advice.

We work solely in your interests as scheme sponsor, to avoid potential conflicts. However, our extensive experience advising trustees of other schemes helps us to anticipate emerging issues, leading to smoother negotiations.

Employers with DC schemes

Through our specialised DC consultancy, we advise employers in delivering appropriate DC pension strategies to attract, motivate and retain staff.  Our experienced communications team can help you promote those benefits in print, online or face to face to maximise engagement with your workforce.

Wellbeing

Our wellbeing team provides consultancy, administration and re-broking services on all health and risk policies. We also have an innovative market leading wellbeing solution called BWell which focuses around analysis, prevention and intervention. Our philosophy to wellbeing and the benefits associated with wellbeing centres around building a solution bespoke to our clients and their culture that benefits the employee through protection, education and engagement but also provides a real return to the employer on their benefits investment.

Executive pensions

Our executive pensions service offers advice to employers on tax-efficient pension provision for directors and senior executives. Working with HR, finance teams and remuneration committees, we can help develop retirement strategies for the mutual benefit of you and your staff.

Our growing client base includes medium-sized companies as well as larger firms and multinationals based in the UK and Europe.

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Blogs

  • Picture for ESG investments and the role of trustees
    ESG investments and the role of trustees

    ESG is a hot topic at present for those who manage DC pension schemes. Regulatory requirements from the DWP and TPR means trustees now have to consider how ESG affects the investment strategy for their members. What are the implications of this change?

  • Picture for The rise of the master trust
    The rise of the master trust

    As the number of authorised master trusts rises to six, we thought it was worth considering the impact of the authorisation regime so far, good and bad.

  • Picture for The unintended consequences of DC consolidation: is bigger better and is less more?
    The unintended consequences of DC consolidation: is bigger better and is less more?

    The level of regulation, legislation and governance burden on DC schemes is increasing. Therefore, so is the level of associated operational cost and risk – leading to a number of schemes closing and members’ assets being moved elsewhere.

  • Costs and charges disclosure in trust-based DC schemes

    New regulations and accompanying statutory guidance compel trustees to produce detailed analyses of the costs and charges incurred by scheme members on their money purchase benefits.

  • The DB pension transfer process

    Transferring from a DB scheme is a major decision for members and there are many factors that should be taken into account. Simon Taylor, Partner offers advice to these members to understand their transfer options.

  • Specialist guidance for headteachers

    Our Executive Pensions team has considerable experience in advising head teachers and senior staff on their pension benefits. This briefing note covers recent, substantial changes in the pensions legislation directly affecting such high-earners.

  • Jun 27 2019
    International Pensions Roundtable | London

    Two major pension reforms that will dramatically change the French pensions landscape are scheduled for 2019. Join us to hear from our regional expert Francois Cheynet, Principal, Milliman, Paris who will provide the latest on these upcoming reforms and discuss the impact they will have on your operations and employees in France.

    Location: Barnett Waddingham, London

  • Sep 26 2019
    DC and Financial Wellbeing Conference | London

    Join us at this year’s DC and Financial Wellbeing Conference, delivered by informative, thought provoking and inspirational speakers from around the world. Learn more about the global changes occurring, the need for social change and how employees can take control of their financial future.

    Location: The Soho Hotel, London

  • Jan 25 2019
    Evolving DC governance: meeting member needs

    In a world where legislation, products and most importantly of all, member needs are constantly evolving, ongoing governance is vital to ensure DC arrangements remain suitable. We look at how a well-designed governance structure can prepare a scheme for future challenges that might arise.

    Location: http://bit.ly/evolving-DC-governance

  • May 23 2018
    Is your organisation fit for the future?

    The value created by employees in a healthy organisation is vital to achieving long-term sustainable business success. How healthy is your organisation? It could be time for a check-up.

    Location: Webinar

  • Feb 23 2018
    Webinar - Could a buy-in or buy-out be right for your scheme?

    Are bulk annuities a potential option for your scheme? It could be the right time to consider a transaction.

  • Picture for Big schemes – DB pensions heading for the endgame
    Big schemes – DB pensions heading for the endgame

    Barnett Waddingham’s annual analysis of DB schemes in the UK (with assets over £1bn) is now available. As the only research of its kind, it highlights the continued decline in DB schemes and the shifting focus of employers towards the DB pensions endgame.

  • Picture for The £24 billion bulk annuity market: an upward trend
    The £24 billion bulk annuity market: an upward trend

    Bulk Annuities: Where next in the de-risking journey? The bulk annuity market hit new heights in 2018. For the first time in history pension scheme buy-in and buy-out transactions exceeded £20bn.

  • Picture for Bridging the gap: Meaningful and productive employment
    Bridging the gap: Meaningful and productive employment

    Barnett Waddingham’s recent combined research, of UK employers and employees, revealed a significant and increasing gap between the employment experience of being employed and what the employers believe this experience to be.

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