Directors beware – Dividend payments and the Pensions Regulator’s new powers!

As we enter dividend season Pensions Partner, Rachel Pinto, joins Professional Support Consultant, Tim Smith, to discuss how directors should approach decisions over the payment of dividends in light the Pensions Regulators extended powers which came into force on 1 October 2021. In particular, Rachel shares her views on: • what directors need to be … Read more

Remember, remember the end of November when new transfer conditions apply!

The Government has laid final regulations which will introduce new transfer conditions from 30 November 2021, one of which must be satisfied before a pension scheme can make a statutory transfer on behalf of a member. Trustees, providers and administrators must ensure they are ready by the end of this month to carry out the … Read more

Pensions Disputes Bulletin – November 2021

Welcome to the latest edition of our Pension Disputes bulletin. In this edition we examine: the significance of the Axminster Carpets judgment when relying on discretionary forfeiture rules in GMP equalisation and other benefit correction exercises the impact of the new pensions criminal offences and regulatory sanctions the Pensions Ombudsman’s guidance on member communications the … Read more

Autumn Budget 2021 – Money off Prosecco and a little more into pensions

As expected, today’s Budget was pretty quiet from a pensions perspective. While many of the headlines are likely to be reserved for the changes to alcohol duty which will see the prices of Prosecco, draught beer and cider and most wines reduced, as far as pensions are concerned the headline announcements are: An increase in … Read more

New pensions criminal offences and regulatory sanctions now in force

From today, directors, lenders, investors and other parties to corporate activity which may jeopardise the interests of a defined benefit (DB) pension scheme face the spectre of criminal prosecution. The new pensions criminal offences and other regulatory sanctions which come into force today are broadly drafted and are likely to impact how corporates and other … Read more

Pensions Regulator issues final policy on enforcing pensions criminal offences

The Pensions Regulator has today published its final policy on investigating and prosecuting the new pensions criminal offences of causing a material detriment to a defined benefit (DB) pension scheme and avoiding an employer debt, which come into force on 1 October 2021. Following criticism that its draft policy did not provide sufficient clarity on … Read more

Pensions legislative and regulatory changes in force from 1 October 2021

There are a number of significant legislative and regulatory changes coming into force on the 1st October 2021, including new pensions criminal offences and financial penalties, new contribution notice triggers and new governance and disclosure requirements for defined contribution occupational pension schemes. To help you keep track of these we have summarised the headline changes … Read more