Podcast: Pension dashboards – data, liability and regulation

In this podcast, Tim Smith, Pensions Professional Support Consultant, is joined by Richard Smith, Pension Dashboards Consultant at the Pension & Lifetime Savings Association to discuss the industry’s hopes for pension dashboards and what schemes need to do to get ready. In particular, he: explains what dashboards are and what it is hoped they will … Read more

Pensions and Bulk Annuities – Ep1

In the latest podcast from Herbert Smith Freehills’ pension team, Rachel Pinto, Partner, is joined by Rosie Fantom, Partner at Barnett Waddingham and Matt Richards, Senior Business Development Manager at Standard Life. They discuss the reasons why some schemes may choose to do a series of bulk annuity transactions, rather than a single transaction covering … Read more

Queen’s Speech 2022: No Pensions Bill but some notable pensions-related reforms

As expected, there was no new Pensions Bill announced in today’s Queen’s Speech, ending speculation about the prospects of auto-enrolment being extended any time soon. Despite this, a number of the Bills that have been announced are still likely to have an important impact on the pensions industry. Most notably, the Data Reform Bill will … Read more

Pensions and ESG Ep 6 – A Smart approach to ESG

In this latest podcast from the Herbert Smith Freehills’ pension team, Mark Howard, Of Counsel, discusses the latest developments in the world of ESG with Head of Investment Proposition at Smart Pension, James Lawrence. In their conversation, Mark and James discuss: How Smart Pension is responding to investment in Russia after the invasion of Ukraine; … Read more

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

Pensions and ESG Ep5 – ESG, the ‘teenage years’

In this latest podcast in our Pensions and ESG series, Head of Responsible Investment at Royal London Asset Management (RLAM), Ashley Hamilton-Claxton joins our Pensions Professional Support Consultant, Tim Smith to discuss recent ESG developments and how Royal London and its clients are responding to these. In this podcast, Ashley discusses: • how the measurement … Read more

Pension dashboards – Is your scheme ‘dashboard ready’?

The Department for Work and Pensions has launched a consultation on draft regulations relating to the implementation of pension dashboards. Trustees should check when their scheme is likely to be required to connect to the dashboards and develop a plan to ensure their scheme is ‘dashboard ready’. The draft regulations set out the duties that … Read more