New statutory funding requirements put focus on end game for DB schemes

The Pension Schemes Act 2021 finally received Royal Assent on 11 February 2021. The Act contains some significant new funding requirements for defined benefit (DB) occupational pension schemes which mean that trustees and sponsors will soon be required to set a legally binding long-term objective for their scheme. In future, this objective will drive the … Read more

M&A, restructuring, re-financing and dividends likely to be hit by new pensions offences and regulatory sanctions

The Pension Schemes Act 2021 finally received Royal Assent yesterday, paving the way for the most significant reform of the regulatory regime for defined benefit (DB) pension schemes since its introduction in 2006. The Act introduces new criminal offences and new regulatory powers for the Pensions Regulator that could: significantly impact corporate activity, including M&A … Read more

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

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

No reform of RPI until 2030

As expected, the Treasury issued its response to the consultation on the reform of RPI as part of yesterday’s Spending Review.  The response confirms that: in order to minimise the impact of the UK Statistics Authority’s proposal to reform RPI on the holders of index-linked gilts, the Chancellor will not consent to the implementation of … Read more

HSF Pensions Round Up – October 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