Suzanne has over twenty years of experience advising both trustees and sponsors on all aspects of occupational pension schemes, including acting on a number of high profile pension litigation cases concerning the employer's duty of good faith, South West Trains agreements and rectification applications. Recent non-contentious work includes advising on liability management exercises (cessation and modifying accrual, enhanced transfer exercises, buy in/out annuity policies), merger projects, advising on corporate restructuring for distressed employers and clearance applications including modifying employer debts.
Prior to joining Womble Bond Dickinson, Suzanne worked as legal manager at the Pensions Regulator. She was seconded to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to advise ministers on creating the Pensions Regulator. Suzanne advised the policy team responsible for progressing the Pensions Act 2004 through both Houses of Parliament.
Suzanne returned to the Regulator, to implement the Clearance Team (dealing with anti-avoidance powers) and was responsible for the various codes of practice whilst retaining a policy link with the DWP. Suzanne has maintained good relationships with the Regulator, the Pensions Protection Fund and the DWP and her regulatory expertise has been of significant value to many of the firm’s clients.
As a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers and Pensions Management Institute, Suzanne is a regular speaker at many training events with a particular interest in the Regulator’s powers, multi-employer schemes and employer debt.
"Suzanne Duff has created an excellent team who work together seamlessly to provide a superb service"
"Suzanne Duff stands out in the quality of her advice, her commitment to find an innovative solution and her loyalty to and mentoring of her team."
"Suzanne Duff has a high level of expertise in regulatory matters thanks in part to her time working for the Pensions Regulator and the DWP. She is considered a 'first port of call' by clients."
“Suzanne Duff focuses her practice on regulatory concerns, as well as winding-up schemes, liability management and High Court matters. She advises trustees and employers, and is considered a "guru" in the field."
“Diligent and always clear.”