HSF Pensions Round Up – September 2020

Here is a round-up of the pensions blogs and briefings that we have posted during the past month. Some of these have been broadcast but several have not, to avoid sending you too many emails. Read more

Pensions Planner – September 2020

The latest edition of our quarterly Pensions Planner is here. Click on the image below to download your copy. The Planner and our handy timeline will help you keep up to date with the latest developments in pensions law and practice and identify the key pensions issues that your scheme or organisation needs to address in the … Read more

Brexit countdown: Big changes are coming on 1 January 2021 whatever happens as negotiation tensions rise

As businesses and governments around the world continue to grapple with the implications of COVID-19, Brexit is fast approaching. This time for real. Last year, as businesses awaited a potential Brexit without a deal, the difference was stark. ‘Deal’ meant entering a status quo transition period in which essentially nothing changed for business; whereas ‘no-deal’ … Read more

EU & UK outline negotiating positions on future relationship

Yesterday, the European Commission issued a press release setting out a recommendation to the European Council to begin negotiations on the future relationship with the UK. The recommendation includes the draft text of the negotiating directives; these set out the parameters of the future relationship that the EU wishes to have with the UK (e.g. … Read more

Brexit’s happened – What now for pension schemes and sponsors?

The UK exited the EU at 11pm on 31 January 2020. Although the UK’s exit from the EU last Friday does not have an immediate impact on pension law and regulation in the UK, as more details emerge of the likely nature of the UK’s future relationship with the EU, pension scheme sponsors and trustees … Read more

What does the election result mean for pensions?

So, the Conservatives return to Government with an 80 seat majority – a result few people predicted in the run-up to last Thursday’s poll. At a macro level, this removes a great deal of the (immediate) uncertainty that has existed since the EU referendum in June 2016. Barring a very unexpected turn of events, we … Read more

Are you ready for Brexit?

As the uncertainty over the timing and nature of Brexit continues, it is important that your organisation and pension scheme are prepared for any eventuality. You can follow the key developments and find out what you need to know to prepare for Brexit on our Brexit hub and by following our Brexit blog. Our Brexit … Read more

Does the PPF have to guarantee 100% of members’ benefits?

Potentially, yes. If the judges in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) follow the Opinion of Advocate General Hogan in the German case of PSV v Bauer (Case C-168/18). This case, once again, raises the question of the extent to which an individual's workplace pension benefits should be protected under EU law by an institution set up by a Member State to provide protection where the individual's employer or former employer has become insolvent. Read more