Our five pension predictions for 2021

2020 has been a uniquely challenging, unpredictable and eventful year, dominated (as we all know too well) by the impact of Covid-19, which has changed the way we live, work and do business, and also by the preparations for Brexit. Both of these themes will undoubtedly continue to dominate the economic and political agenda in … Read more

Pension Disputes Bulletin – December 2020

Welcome to the latest edition of our quarterly pensions disputes bulletin. In this edition we cover: the 2nd judgment in the Lloyds Bank GMP equalisation litigation and new guidance relating to GMP equalisation key developments in relation to the Pension Schemes Bill the predicted rise in Covid-related complaints to the Pensions Ombudsman recent cases on transfers, insurance, investment, … Read more

Podcast: Pensions Policy EP2 – What to expect in 2021?

We thought it would be helpful for our listeners if we considered some of the key pensions-related themes and risks that we expect to emerge in 2021. Therefore, in our latest pensions podcast Rachel Pinto and Michael Aherne from our UK pensions team discuss their predictions for 2021 relating to: the new offences and regulatory … Read more

UK Government puts green finance at heart of future of UK financial services

The Chancellor recently confirmed plans to issue the UK’s first ever sovereign green bond in 2021 and become the first country in the world to make it mandatory for companies, banks, asset managers and institutional investors to publish disclosures aligned with the recommendations of the Taskforce Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) by 2025. On 18 November … Read more

HSF Pensions Round Up – November 2020

Here is a round-up of the pensions blogs and briefings that we have posted during November covering the 2nd Lloyds judgment, steps trustees need to take by 7 January 2021 to comply with the CMA Order and our recent webinar featuring Steve Webb on how pensions regulation needs to change in light of Covid-19. Some … Read more

Pensions Regulator stresses importance of trustees taking early action to protect their scheme from sponsor distress

On 12 November, the Pensions Regulator published guidance outlining actions trustees of defined benefit (DB) schemes should take to protect their scheme where their sponsor is experiencing financial distress. The guidance, issued amid the backdrop of an unprecedented economic downturn, makes clear that trustees are the first line of defence for members. As such, it … Read more

Covid-19 (UK): Chancellor extends Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until March 2021 with employers required to cover pension contributions

Yesterday, the Chancellor announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), or ‘furlough’, will be extended until the end of March 2021, for all parts of the UK. Under the extended CJRS, the Government will cover 80% of employees’ salaries for hours not worked (up to a maximum of £2,500 per month). Unlike when the … Read more