Does the PPF have to guarantee 100% of members’ benefits?

Potentially, yes. If the judges in the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) follow the Opinion of Advocate General Hogan in the German case of PSV v Bauer (Case C-168/18).This case, once again, raises the question of the extent to which an individual's workplace pension benefits should be protected under EU law by an institution set up by a Member State to provide protection where the individual's employer or former employer has become insolvent. Read more

Pensions Planner: June 2019

The latest edition of our quarterly Pensions Planner is now available.Click on the image below to download your copy.We hope that you find this guide helpful. Please share any feedback you have on it.You can also follow our latest thinking on all of the topics covered in the Planner on our new pensions blog.Please contact us if you need assistance with any of the issues that are highlighted in this edition. Read more

What can we expect from the next Pensions Bill?

Although making any kind of political prediction at present is a fool's errand, it seems to be a question of when, rather than if, we get the next Pensions Bill. The indications are that a Bill will be included in the next Queen's speech. It now appears that this will take place "at the end of May". However, with the timing of her departure still unknown, your bet is as good as mine as to when the Bill will actually emerge.But, what can we expect when it is finally introduced? Read more

Should the Ombudsman act as a mediator?

This is one of the questions posed by the DWP in its consultation on the Pensions Ombudsman's dispute resolution powers and jurisdiction issued just before Christmas. The consultation lacks detail on what is meant by mediation, simply suggesting that provision should be made for an Early Resolution Service and to allow the Pensions Ombudsman to ‘mediate’ and ‘resolve’ complaints and disputes before a determination.It is important that this consultation is taking place now, because the role of the Pensions Ombudsman's service is evolving. Read more