Court of Appeal confirms PPF compensation cap is unlawful

In an appeal brought by the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions and The Board of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), the Court of Appeal has endorsed the PPF’s proposed approach to implementing the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU’s) decision in Hampshire v Board of the PPF, overturning the decision of … Read more

Pensions and ESG Ep4 – Greening Finance and Investment

In this latest podcast in our Pensions and ESG series, Professor Iain Clacher, Professor of Pensions & Finance at Leeds University Business School and Lead Researcher for Pensions and Asset Management for the new Centre for Greening Finance and Investment, joins Michael Aherne, Pensions Partner, to discuss the plans for the Centre and how it … Read more

Court Of Appeal gives “natural meaning” to Britvic’s Pension Increase Rule

Introduction In Britvic Plc v Britvic Pensions Limited [2021] EWCA Civ 867, the Court of Appeal unanimously allowed the appeal brought by the appellant employer (Britvic) against the decision of the High Court, holding that the words “or any other rate decided by the Principal Employer” in the pension increases provision in the Rules of … Read more

Pensions Planner – June 2021

Our latest Pensions Planner is here. The Planner and our handy timeline will help you keep up to date with the latest developments in pensions law and practice and help you identify the key pensions issues that your scheme or organisation needs to address in the coming months. The latest edition covers: The Pensions Regulator’s … Read more

Annual Funding Statement 2021 – Key messages

The Pension Regulator’s latest Annual Funding Statement covers a lot of ground, emphasising the need for trustees to determine how their covenant has been impacted by Covid-19 and Brexit and to assess whether they are on track to reach their long-term funding target. Where a recovery plan is needed, affordability remains a key consideration and, … Read more

DWP proposes new transfer conditions to combat pension scams

The DWP is planning to introduce new measures to empower trustees and pension providers to protect their members from pension scams. Draft regulations (which are subject to consultation) would see four new statutory conditions introduced, one of which must be met before a statutory transfer could take place. Although many will argue that such measures … Read more

Pension Disputes Bulletin – May 2021

Welcome to the latest edition of our pension disputes bulletin. In this edition we cover: the Pension Regulator’s draft policy on policing the new pensions criminal offences recent cases on transfers, scams and rectification new regulatory guidance on assisting members with financial matters guidance from the Ombudsman on appointing IFAs and signposting members, and the … Read more