Pensions Planner – December 2019

The latest edition of our Pensions Planner is now available to help you plan for 2020 and beyond. Click on the image below to download your copy. The Planner and our handy timeline will help you keep track of the latest developments in pensions law and practice and identify the key pensions issues that your … Read more

What does the election mean for pensions?

The outcome of the 2019 general election has the potential to radically impact the nature of the UK’s relationship with the EU and our other trading partners, the shape of the UK economy and the composition of the United Kingdom. At a macro level all of these issues will inevitably impact pension schemes, sponsors and … 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

Pension Schemes Bill published

The Pension Schemes Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech on Monday has been introduced in Parliament. You can view the Bill here. The Bill contains provisions which, if it reaches the statute books, will: introduce new powers for the Pensions Regulator enable employers to establish Collective DC schemes (based on the model developed by Royal … Read more

Pensions Bill announced in Queen’s Speech

The long-awaited Pension Bill has been announced in the Queen’s speech today. We understand that the Bill (which will be a ‘Pension Schemes Bill’) could be published as soon as tomorrow. We are also expecting the Regulator to launch the first part of its consultation on the principles and framework for the new defined benefit … Read more

Tougher pensions regulation survey – your views and experiences

The Pensions Regulator has said that it is taking a “clearer, quicker and tougher” approach to pensions regulation. But what impact is this having in practice? To find out, we invite you to complete our tougher pensions regulation survey to share: your experiences of dealing with the Pensions Regulator, and your views on the Regulator’s … Read more

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