DWP raises the stakes on climate change

The DWP has tabled amendments to the Pension Schemes Bill, which is currently going through Parliament, which would enable it to add to the governance and disclosure requirements for occupational pension schemes in relation to climate change risk. The proposed amendments would give the Secretary of State very broad regulation making powers to, amongst other … Read more

EU & UK outline negotiating positions on future relationship

Yesterday, the European Commission issued a press release setting out a recommendation to the European Council to begin negotiations on the future relationship with the UK. The recommendation includes the draft text of the negotiating directives; these set out the parameters of the future relationship that the EU wishes to have with the UK (e.g. … Read more

Brexit’s happened – What now for pension schemes and sponsors?

The UK exited the EU at 11pm on 31 January 2020. Although the UK’s exit from the EU last Friday does not have an immediate impact on pension law and regulation in the UK, as more details emerge of the likely nature of the UK’s future relationship with the EU, pension scheme sponsors and trustees … Read more

What’s on the horizon for pensions litigation in 2020?

2019 was a busy year for pension litigators, with key judgments being handed down in a number of significant cases, including Safeway v Newton (validity of retrospective equalisation of normal pension age), Granada UK Rental & Retail Ltd v The Pensions Regulator (validity of financial support direction) and BIC v Burgess (validity of amendment of … Read more

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

Pension Schemes Bill (Part 1) – Directors, banks and investors put on notice as new criminal sanctions and regulatory powers are significantly wider than expected

Following the announcement of a new Pension Schemes Bill in the Queen’s Speech on 14 October 2019, the Bill has now been published. As anticipated, the Bill contains a number of significant new powers for the Pensions Regulator. However, the proposed new powers are significantly wider than many in the industry expected. If they are … Read more

Video: Pensions and ESG – how are pension funds and asset managers responding?

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are becoming increasingly high profile and they are moving up the agenda for trustee boards, pension providers and asset managers as they respond to new legal and regulatory requirements, to pressure from savers and action groups and to changing social norms. Today sees new legal requirements come into force … Read more

Practical guide: Pensions & ESG – The evolving legal and regulatory landscape

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are becoming increasingly high profile and they are moving up the agenda for trustee boards, pension providers and asset managers as they respond to new legal and regulatory requirements, to pressure from savers and action groups and to changing social norms. To help trustees and pension providers comply with … Read more