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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.

Related knowledge and resources

Blogs

  • Sep 26 2019
    DC and Financial Revolution Conference | London

    Join us at this year’s DC and Financial Revolution 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

  • Oct 1 2019
    International Pensions Roundtable | London

    Join us at our forum to discuss the agreement reached between employers, unions and the government in June on the Dutch pension reforms and receive key insights into the issues that will be affecting multinational organisations.

    Location: Barnett Waddingham, London

  • Feb 27 2019
    Webinar - Teachers Pension Scheme (TPS) Valuation: Impact on Employers

    Join Partner and Head of Higher Education; Paul Hamilton as he looks at the recent actuarial valuation of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS), in particular the impact on independent schools and universities.

    Location: http://bit.ly/TPS-webinar

  • 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

  • Dec 19 2018
    DC infrastructure: the Mitchells & Butlers case study

    We examine the pension scheme journey of Mitchells & Butlers, one of the largest operators of restaurants, pubs and bars in the UK. Both company and trustees worked together to deliver a market-leading DC scheme with better outcomes for members at its core.

    Location: http://bit.ly/DCinfrastructure

  • Picture for Where are FTSE 350 companies on the endgame journey?
    Where are FTSE 350 companies on the endgame journey?

    Over 2019, market changes have resulted in an increase in the aggregate deficit - for many, this will push out the timescales to buyout. This highlights the importance of having in place a robust monitoring process to ensure opportunities are captured.

  • Picture for FTSE 100 dividends vs. deficit contributions
    FTSE 100 dividends vs. deficit contributions

    With the DB regulatory regime once again under review, the disparity between payments to shareholders and those paid to close pension scheme deficits will once more be under the spotlight.

  • 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.

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