Regulator publishes latest Annual Funding Statement

The Pensions Regulator has published its latest Annual Funding Statement. Most of the messages are consistent with those contained in last year’s statement but, as you might expect, this year’s statement emphasises the need for trustees to assess the impact on their scheme and sponsor covenant of high inflation, the prospect of higher interest rates … Read more

Update: New corporate pensions notifiable events delayed

Last September, the Government launched a consultation on proposals to introduce two new notifiable events to require corporate sponsors of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes in the UK to give early notice of material corporate transactions and security arrangements to their scheme’s trustees and the UK Pensions Regulator. They also planned to make changes to … Read more

Restructuring and insolvency and the Pensions Regulator’s new powers

In this latest podcast in our Pension Schemes Act 2021 Soundbite series, Senior Associate, Philip Lis from our restructuring and insolvency team, joins Professional Support Consultant, Tim Smith, to discuss the impact the new pensions criminal offences and regulatory sanctions are likely to have on corporate restructuring and insolvencies where a company or group has … Read more

Directors and insolvency practitioners must tread carefully as new pensions offences lie in wait

Since 1 October 2021, directors, lenders, investors and advisers (including insolvency practitioners in some contexts) face the spectre of criminal prosecution and regulatory sanctions if they take action which is deemed to be materially detrimental to a defined benefit (DB) pension scheme without a reasonable excuse. The offences and sanctions are broadly drafted and despite … Read more

Directors beware – Dividend payments and the Pensions Regulator’s new powers!

As we enter dividend season Pensions Partner, Rachel Pinto, joins Professional Support Consultant, Tim Smith, to discuss how directors should approach decisions over the payment of dividends in light the Pensions Regulators extended powers which came into force on 1 October 2021. In particular, Rachel shares her views on: • what directors need to be … 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

Pensions legislative and regulatory changes in force from 1 October 2021

There are a number of significant legislative and regulatory changes coming into force on the 1st October 2021, including new pensions criminal offences and financial penalties, new contribution notice triggers and new governance and disclosure requirements for defined contribution occupational pension schemes. To help you keep track of these we have summarised the headline changes … Read more