Pensions expert Clumber called in at collapsed design and build firm

Darren Toms is set to launch an investigation

A Nottinghamshire firm has been appointed to investigate “significant” arrears in pension contributionsat a collapsed Long Eaton design and build company.

Clumber Consultancy, the Nottinghamshire headquartered pensions and ERA service provider for the UK insolvency market, has confirmed that it has been appointed by the joint administrators of Merriott Chard.

Last month, we reported that an investigation was set to be launched into missing pension payments at Merriot Chard.

Administrators for the firm, Elwell Watchorn Saxton, revealed they had been contacted by Merriott Chard’s auto enrolment pension scheme, run by NEST. The joint administrators have been contacted by former employees of the company with concerns regarding their pension entitlements.

A statement at the time read: “It may become necessary for significant time to be spent on seeking to assist these employees in submitting claims to the Redundancy Payments Service for the unpaid pension contributions that may be due to former employees.”

That time and those specific tasks will now fall to Clumber Consultancy’s pensions specialists, who are setting out to investigate and where possible, rectify the situation having been given access.

Darren Toms, managing director of Clumber Consultancy comments: “I can confirm that we have been appointed by the administrators Elwell Watchorn Saxton with regards to the situation at Merriott Chard and that we now have NEST delegate access which will enable us to conduct a thorough investigation and produce our pension report.

“We have a strong working relationship with NEST and will be looking to resolve this situation as swiftly as possible. Once our report is complete, we will be able to claim up to 12 months of unpaid pension contributions from the Redundancy Payments Service and ensure that the contributions are allocated correctly into members pension accounts with NEST.”

Merriott Chard, which was owned by Stuart Ball, was sold to Seneco Group, which was set up on December 17 by the same person.