Pension Planner – January 2022

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

Pensions cases and litigation risks to look out for in 2022

There is never a dull year in pensions and 2021 has been no exception. Looking ahead, there are several notable cases to look out for next year including the RPI judicial review and the novel legal challenge against the trustee directors of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). There are also a number of evolving risks … Read more

REMINDER: Trustees required to confirm compliance with CMA Order by 7 January 2022

Trustees of occupational pension schemes mainly administered in the UK (with limited exceptions) have until 7 January 2022 to submit their annual compliance statement together with a signed certificate to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), confirming that they have complied with the requirements of the Investment Consultancy and Fiduciary Management Market Investigation Order 2019 … Read more

How are schemes and administrators implementing the new transfer conditions?

The new statutory transfer conditions, which are designed to help identify and prevent potential pension scams, come into force today. Trustees, pension providers and administrators have faced a race against time to implement the changes needed to comply with the final regulations which were only laid before Parliament on 8 November 2021. They are also … Read more

Remember, remember the end of November when new transfer conditions apply!

The Government has laid final regulations which will introduce new transfer conditions from 30 November 2021, one of which must be satisfied before a pension scheme can make a statutory transfer on behalf of a member. Trustees, providers and administrators must ensure they are ready by the end of this month to carry out the … Read more

Pensions Disputes Bulletin – November 2021

Welcome to the latest edition of our Pension Disputes bulletin. In this edition we examine: the significance of the Axminster Carpets judgment when relying on discretionary forfeiture rules in GMP equalisation and other benefit correction exercises the impact of the new pensions criminal offences and regulatory sanctions the Pensions Ombudsman’s guidance on member communications the … Read more

New pensions criminal offences and regulatory sanctions now in force

From today, directors, lenders, investors and other parties to corporate activity which may jeopardise the interests of a defined benefit (DB) pension scheme face the spectre of criminal prosecution. The new pensions criminal offences and other regulatory sanctions which come into force today are broadly drafted and are likely to impact how corporates and other … Read more

Pensions Regulator issues final policy on enforcing pensions criminal offences

The Pensions Regulator has today published its final policy on investigating and prosecuting the new pensions criminal offences of causing a material detriment to a defined benefit (DB) pension scheme and avoiding an employer debt, which come into force on 1 October 2021. Following criticism that its draft policy did not provide sufficient clarity on … Read more