Walker Morris brings in pensions partner

Leeds firm Walker Morris has scooped Addleshaw Goddard’s only Manchester pensions partner in a bid to beef up its capacity for non-cyclical work.

Jo Ratcliffe has joined Walker Morris’s pensions team and will focus on advising employers and pension fund trustees.

Walker Morris chairman Peter Smart said: “Jo fits like a glove, she was a great opportunity for us. We’d been in the market for some considerable time to add at least one other partner to our pensions group.

“Pensions work is high value and it’s non-cyclical. That’s part of our strategy – we’re seeking to develop not only our core cyclical ­business, but also non-core and high-value areas.”

A ;spokesman ;for ­Addleshaws said the firm’s remaining pensions team was spread between Leeds and London.