Trustees urged to respond to diverse risks faced by DC members

The Pensions Regulator has published guidance for trustees of defined contribution (DC) schemes (including master trusts) on Supporting Defined Contributions Savers in the Current Economic Climate. It follows on from the Regulator’s previous statement issued in the light of the bond market crisis in September / October 2022. Although DC schemes are not directly impacted … Read more

Funding, finding and finessing – pensions in 2023

At the start of a new year, attention inevitably turns to what lies ahead. After a year of economic and political turmoil, one hopes we are entering calmer waters. But what can we expect for UK pensions in 2023? In short, it will be the year of funding, finding and finessing workplace pensions. Funding It … Read more

Five pensions developments to look out for in 2023

In the latest podcast from the Herbert Smith Freehills’ pensions team, Olivia Kettleborough, our Professional Support Paralegal is joined by Tim Smith, our Professional Support Consultant to look back at 2022 and to look ahead to the key developments in store for pension scheme sponsors, trustees and providers as we move into the New Year. … Read more

Pensions Regulator outlines approach to enforcing dashboards compliance

With the connection deadlines for some of the UK’s largest pension schemes less than nine months away, the Pensions Regulator has launched a consultation on its dashboard compliance and enforcement policy. The Regulator recognises that delivering pensions dashboards is a huge challenge for the industry. As such, it has indicated that it will seek to … Read more

Regulators urge pension schemes and asset managers to maintain LDI resilience

The Pensions Regulator has issued a guidance statement for trustees of UK occupational pension schemes on the use of LDI in which it calls on trustees to maintain an appropriate level of resilience in leveraged arrangements to better withstand a fast and significant rise in bond yields. The statement also calls on trustees investing in … Read more

Pension Disputes Bulletin – Winter 2022

Here is the latest edition of our regular Pension Disputes Bulletin which contains summaries of key cases, Ombudsman decisions and regulatory activity and highlights emerging risks for pension schemes, providers, sponsors, administrators, and other service providers. In this edition, we cover the implications of: a recent judgment on the operation of a scheme’s forfeiture rule … Read more

Pensions and Bulk Annuities – Ep 4

In the latest podcast from Herbert Smith Freehills’ pension team, Rachel Pinto, Partner, is joined by Richard Priestley, Managing Director of the Canada Life Insurance Division and Helen Hallam, Lead Counsel for Insurance at Canada Life. In their conversation, Rachel, Richard and Helen cover: Recent market conditions and affordability of bulk annuity transactions What practical … Read more

Pensions Planner – Autumn 2022

Here is the latest edition of our Pensions Planner, which will help you identify the key pension issues your scheme or organisation needs to address in the coming months. The latest edition covers: the steps schemes need to take to prepare for pensions dashboards the potential impact of the new long-term funding and investment requirements … Read more

FCA confirms final rules for new Consumer Duty and gives firms more time to comply

The FCA has published the final rules and guidance and accompanying non-Handbook guidance relating to the new Consumer Duty (the Duty). While the nature and scope of the Duty remains largely unchanged in most areas, the final rules and guidance contain some significant changes and clarifications relating to how the Duty will apply in relation to distribution chains, closed books, wholesale markets and … Read more