Law firm appointed to pension scheme framework

Doug Mullen, pensions lead at Anthony Collins Solicitors

Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS), has been appointed to one of the UK’s largest pension scheme’s framework for legal services.

ACS will sit on the national Local Government Pension Scheme’s (LGPS) framework and provide legal advice and support on benefit administration, governance to employer bodies.

The LGPS has participating employers including local government, charities, housing associations, academies and private sector providers. It has over six million members across England and Wales, 86 separate pension funds and 18,000 employers, with a total value in 2021 of £342bn. 

It is a defined pension benefit scheme, basing pension on a proportion of salary and how long payments are made, rather than the value of contributions made after investment performance. 

The framework began on Monday (January 16) and will run for four years.

ACS is a social purpose law firm operating in the Midlands and the North West. Its pensions work is led by partner Doug Mullen. 

Mullen said: “Being appointed to the National Local Government Pension Scheme framework for Legal Services will allow ACS to provide advice for the next four years to LGPS funds on benefit administration and governance and to participating employers.

”We work closely with local authorities, housing associations, charities, academies and other bodies participating in the LGPS and this appointment will support our continued work with these clients to deliver on their wider goals of supporting the communities they work within and make a difference to society as a whole.
“ACS is a purpose-driven law firm with its clear mission of improving lives, communities and society. This appointment and the work it will include aligns with our wider ethos and we look forward to supporting all bodies on this framework, ensuring that they can achieve the best outcomes for their communities.”

Rachel Howe, head of governance, risk and assurance at West Midlands Pension Fund said: “The partnerships created with all parties, including colleagues across the LGPS and the National LGPS Frameworks, suppliers and framework users have been integral to the successful navigation of the ever-increasingly complex legal environment in which we operate and have supported our ability to maintain high standard service delivery to our members and employers.”