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Barnett Waddingham
0333 11 11 222
At Barnett Waddingham, our trustee services are designed to support you fully in your role, delivering pragmatic advice and a rapid response. We bring clarity to complex issues such as de-risking, longevity and the impact of legislative change to help you make informed and timely decisions for the benefit of your pension scheme members.

For scheme actuary requirements, full-service actuarial consulting or standalone projects, a bespoke team will deliver to your individual needs, and an experienced partner will remain personally involved at all levels of the work.

We actively support you in effective scheme management, providing easy access to funding and other information via insightful online tools.

We assist with all aspects of pension scheme governance, and provide comprehensive trustee training to enhance your knowledge.

“I would not hesitate in recommending Barnett Waddingham's services as advisers to the Trustees. Throughout their appointment they have delivered a first class service relating to all aspects of Plan matters. The team are highly professional and build strong relationships with their client and the client's other advisers with ease. Their advice is always well researched and thought out, and is both relevant and realistic, and they are highly skilled in understanding the exact needs of their client. They are pleasure to work with and represent good value for money.”
Paula Maguire, Pensions Manager

Our experienced pension administration team is equipped to help with the day-to-day running of your scheme, handling member data sensitively, accurately and securely through our proprietary systems which can be adapted to your exact needs.

We also offer clear and independent investment advice across the full range of pension fund management solutions, based on a thorough understanding of your scheme’s risk profile and objectives.

Our growing client portfolio includes defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) schemes, hybrid, open and closed schemes, and those in a Pension Protection Fund (PPF) assessment period.

As advisers to around 500 DB pension funds in the UK, we provide tailored services to schemes ranging in size from less than £1 million to some of the biggest schemes valued at over £5 billion. 


Recent highlights include:

  • we now advise over 15% of the FTSE350 companies with a DB scheme
  • assisting in actuarial valuation negotiations between trustees and employers using our interactive on-line funding tool, Illuminate
  • delivering a high-speed valuation for a client requiring certainty over funding negotiations in just six working days after the valuation date
  • working with several schemes to ensure that the PPF accepts 'type A company guarantees' for 2014/15 PPF levy purposes – reducing many prospective levies substantially
  • we have worked with several schemes to improve governance standards recently - examples include the establishment of a business plan and a DC Governance committee
  • helping many schemes to adopt a pragmatic approach to reconciling their GMP data
  • leading several seminars with clients and other pension professionals on the subject of DB to DC transfers post 5 April 2015
  • being involved at the heart of the Defined Ambition (DA) debate, with members of our team participating in various working parties and developing our own innovative collective defined contribution (CDC) pension scheme vehicle
  • providing an innovative buy-out transaction to fix the premium in advance to remove the risk of market fluctuations
  • working with clients to set appropriate triggers for increasing the level of real interest rate hedging on scheme liabilities

Related knowledge and resources

Blogs

  • PATHways 96 - Pension Administration Technical Help

    Our 96th edition of PATHways highlights pensions news and legislation that has particular relevance to what we do in pension administration.

  • Accidental master trusts

    A look at the new Master Trust Authorisation regime and how it may affect schemes who do not know they are a master trust, or who do but do not know how to proceed.

  • Investment Insights - Expanding the toolkit: Buy-ins

    Should bulk annuity purchases be of interest to more schemes? With 132 transactions in 2017, this is small compared to the 5,700 UK DB pension schemes. Are schemes missing a trick, or does bulk annuity purchase only make sense in a minority of cases?

  • Mar 5 2019
    Chair of Trustee Forum | London

    Our experts will lead a small group of Trustee Chairs discussing a range of helpful topics, followed by lunch.

    Location: The RAC, London

  • Mar 12 2019
    Chair of Trustee Forum | Birmingham

    Our experts will lead a small group of Trustee Chairs discussing a range of helpful topics, followed by lunch.

    Location: The Ivy Temple Row

  • Apr 30 2019
    Pensions Trustee Conference | London

    Our annual full day Pensions Trustee Conference in London will be followed by half day events in Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Glasgow. These events are perfect for trustees of both DB and DC pension schemes. Join our experts to deepen your knowledge of the challenges faced by Trustees as they work to secure positive member outcomes.

    Location: Hilton London Tower Bridge

  • Nov 9 2018
    How does GMP equalisation affect you?

    The high court judgement on the GMP equalisation Lloyds case has been handed down. Does it open the door to the opportunity of genuine pension simplification, or slam it shut? Join our webinar as we discuss what this means for trustees and sponsors;

    Location: Webinar

  • Jun 6 2017
    Setting longevity assumptions for a forthcoming valuation

    Our webinar focuses on practical tools for understanding the longevity risk exposure inherent in the business as usual operations of individual pension schemes.

    Location: Webinar

  • Apr 4 2017
    Administration transfers - a seamless move

    Transferring administration services to a new provider can be a challenging process, but an efficient and seamless transfer can be achieved through approaching the project with transparency, cooperation and accountability.

    Location: Webinar

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