DWP launches further consultation to facilitate investment in illiquid assets

For some time, the Government has been trying to encourage greater investment in illiquid assets (such as infrastructure projects) by defined contribution (DC) pension funds. As part of this, the DWP launched a consultation last November on proposals to exclude well-designed performance fees from the DC charge cap, which applies to default investment funds within … Read more

PODCAST: Getting your scheme ‘dashboard ready’

In this latest podcast from the Herbert Smith Freehills’ pension team, Tim Smith, our Pensions Professional Support Consultant, discusses the latest developments relating to the launch of pension dashboards with Professional Support Paralegal, Olivia Kettleborough. In their conversation, Tim outlines: what pension dashboards are and when they will be launching what schemes need to do … Read more

Update: New corporate pensions notifiable events delayed

Last September, the Government launched a consultation on proposals to introduce two new notifiable events to require corporate sponsors of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes in the UK to give early notice of material corporate transactions and security arrangements to their scheme’s trustees and the UK Pensions Regulator. They also planned to make changes to … Read more

Pension Planner – January 2022

Here is the latest edition of our Pensions Planner. 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 coming months. The latest edition covers: the new … Read more

Government planning to alter charge cap to unlock illiquid investment by DC schemes

As part of the UK Government’s aim to encourage UK defined contribution (DC) pension funds to invest more in infrastructure and other illiquid assets, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published a new consultation on Enabling Investment in Productive Finance. The proposals also reflect the Government’s commitment to shift the focus of DC … 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

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