Pension Schemes Bill (Part 2): New funding requirements likely to increase funding demands on DB scheme sponsors

The Pension Schemes Bill, introduced in Parliament on 15 October 2019, contained some significant new funding requirements for defined benefit (DB) occupational pension schemes. If the requirements are introduced as proposed it is likely to mean most corporate sponsors will be required to pay more money into their DB schemes more quickly than anticipated. The … Read more

Podcast: Pensions de-risking Ep3 – What is a ‘residual risks’ buyout and how should schemes prepare?

Listen to our latest podcast (11 mins) in which Ben Seth, Senior Associate, Pensions, Herbert Smith Freehills, and Rosie Fantom, Bulk Annuity Consultant, Barnett Waddingham: • explain what a “residual risks” buy-out (also known as an “all risks” buy-out) is • consider the circumstances in which trustees and sponsors may want to consider a residual … Read more

Pensions Bill announced in Queen’s Speech

The long-awaited Pension Bill has been announced in the Queen’s speech today. We understand that the Bill (which will be a ‘Pension Schemes Bill’) could be published as soon as tomorrow. We are also expecting the Regulator to launch the first part of its consultation on the principles and framework for the new defined benefit … Read more

Podcast: Pensions de-risking Ep2: Buy-outs and GMP equalisation

Listen to our latest pensions de-risking podcast (12 mins) as Rachel Pinto, Pensions Partner discusses the implications of GMP equalisation for pension scheme buy-outs with Uzma Nazir, Head of Origination Structuring, Pension Insurance Corporation. In the discussion, Uzma shares her views on: how buy-out insurers are approaching the issue of GMP equalisation how GMP equalisation … Read more

Pensions Planner: June 2019

The latest edition of our quarterly Pensions Planner is now available. Click on the image below to download your copy. We hope that you find this guide helpful. Please share any feedback you have on it. You can also follow our latest thinking on all of the topics covered in the Planner on our new pensions blog. Please contact us if you need assistance with any of the issues that are highlighted in this edition. Read more

Backstops and gateways

While all the talk at Westminster over the past few weeks has been about “legal backstops”, judging from the consultation on DB consolidation, the talk at Caxton House has clearly been about “regulatory gateways”. Whilst the constitutional significance of these two legal mechanisms cannot be compared, there are a few striking similarities worth drawing out Read more