Pensions Planner – Spring 2023

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 potential impact of the draft new funding Code for DB schemes actions trustees should be taking to address the risks faced … Read more

Government unveils raft of DC pension reforms

The Minister for Pensions, Laura Trott MP MBE, has today unveiled a range of measures which are designed to reduce the inequality between DB and DC pensions by delivering better value for DC savers and boosting fairness, predictability, and adequacy across the private pensions sector. The measures include: a call for evidence on addressing the … Read more

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

Draft funding Code offers some flexibility to DB schemes and sponsors

The Pensions Regulator has launched its long awaited consultation on a new funding Code of Practice for defined benefit (DB) pension schemes. The draft Code sets out the Regulator’s views on how the new statutory requirements regarding the need for trustees to put in place a long-term funding and investment strategy for their scheme are … 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

New long-term funding requirements for DB schemes – Are they fit for purpose?

In the latest podcast from Herbert Smith Freehills’ pension team, Tim Smith, Professional Support Consultant, is joined by Jon Forsyth, Partner and Actuary at LCP, to discuss the Government’s proposals regarding the need for defined benefit (DB) schemes to implement a long-term funding and investment strategy. In particular, Tim and Jon discuss:  the likely impact … Read more

Pensions Regulator issues statement on LDI

The Pensions Regulator has issued a statement in which it sets out the actions trustees of defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) schemes should consider before the end of the Bank of England’s gilt purchase scheme and in the near-term as they navigate continued market volatility. The actions trustees of DB schemes might need … Read more

UK pension schemes being hit with large and immediate variation margin calls

Some UK pension schemes are being forced to try and meet large (and immediate) margin calls, of up to £100 million, on the interest rate derivatives and asset swaps they hold as part of their liability driven investment (LDI) strategies. This follows the recent sharp falls in the value of gilts and sterling which have … Read more