Pension Schemes Act 2021 – Commencement dates

The Pension Schemes Act 2021, which will introduce new pension criminal offences, £1m regulatory fines and new requirements relating to funding and climate-related risks, received Royal Assent on 11 February 2021 but most of its provisions do not come into force imediately. Most of these measures are likely to come into force during the next … Read more

M&A, restructuring, re-financing and dividends likely to be hit by new pensions offences and regulatory sanctions

The Pension Schemes Act 2021 finally received Royal Assent yesterday, paving the way for the most significant reform of the regulatory regime for defined benefit (DB) pension schemes since its introduction in 2006. The Act introduces new criminal offences and new regulatory powers for the Pensions Regulator that could: significantly impact corporate activity, including M&A … Read more

Climate change and the role of regulators

In November 2020, the government announced an ambitious ten-point plan to boost green jobs and reach net-zero. The plan was a recent recognition at a national-level of the pressing need to combat climate change. It addresses an expansive set of topics: from offshore wind to walking and cycling; from carbon capture to finance. The proposals suggest regulatory … Read more

New and evolving pension risks in 2021

2020 was undoubtedly an unprecedented year, dominated of course by the impact of Covid-19 and here in the UK, by the preparations for Brexit. The year may (finally) be over, however, these themes are likely to continue to dominate the agenda in 2021. Nevertheless, with vaccines being rolled out and a Brexit deal agreed, there … Read more

Our five pension predictions for 2021

2020 has been a uniquely challenging, unpredictable and eventful year, dominated (as we all know too well) by the impact of Covid-19, which has changed the way we live, work and do business, and also by the preparations for Brexit. Both of these themes will undoubtedly continue to dominate the economic and political agenda in … Read more

Pension Disputes Bulletin – December 2020

Welcome to the latest edition of our quarterly pensions disputes bulletin. In this edition we cover: the 2nd judgment in the Lloyds Bank GMP equalisation litigation and new guidance relating to GMP equalisation key developments in relation to the Pension Schemes Bill the predicted rise in Covid-related complaints to the Pensions Ombudsman recent cases on transfers, insurance, investment, … Read more

Podcast: Pensions Policy EP2 – What to expect in 2021?

We thought it would be helpful for our listeners if we considered some of the key pensions-related themes and risks that we expect to emerge in 2021. Therefore, in our latest pensions podcast Rachel Pinto and Michael Aherne from our UK pensions team discuss their predictions for 2021 relating to: the new offences and regulatory … Read more

UK Government puts green finance at heart of future of UK financial services

The Chancellor recently confirmed plans to issue the UK’s first ever sovereign green bond in 2021 and become the first country in the world to make it mandatory for companies, banks, asset managers and institutional investors to publish disclosures aligned with the recommendations of the Taskforce Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) by 2025. On 18 November … Read more