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

Edinburgh reforms – What do they mean for pensions?

On 9 December, the Chancellor announced over 30 regulatory reforms which, together with the Financial Services and Markets Bill, the government hopes will drive growth and competitiveness in the UK financial services sector. The proposed reforms are designed to: maintain and build a competitive marketplace and promote the effective use of capital; secure the UK’s leadership role … Read more

Five pensions developments to look out for in 2023

In the latest podcast from the Herbert Smith Freehills’ pensions team, Olivia Kettleborough, our Professional Support Paralegal is joined by Tim Smith, our Professional Support Consultant to look back at 2022 and to look ahead to the key developments in store for pension scheme sponsors, trustees and providers as we move into the New Year. … Read more

Autumn Statement provides good news for today’s pensioners

The Chancellor delivered his Autumn Statement today with a particular focus on stability, growth and public services. In his Statement, the Chancellor sought to strike a balance between tax rises and spending cuts and also included measures which are designed to promote growth. As far as the pensions industry and employers are concerned, the headline … 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

PPF significantly reduces levy estimate and seeks views on future levy design

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has announced that it plans to significantly reduce the amount it expects to collect through the PPF levy from 2023/24 onwards. This follows a review by the PPF of its Long-Term Funding Strategy. In light of its strong financial position, driven by strong investment performance and changes in the risk … 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 and Bulk Annuities – Ep 4

In the latest podcast from Herbert Smith Freehills’ pension team, Rachel Pinto, Partner, is joined by Richard Priestley, Managing Director of the Canada Life Insurance Division and Helen Hallam, Lead Counsel for Insurance at Canada Life. In their conversation, Rachel, Richard and Helen cover: Recent market conditions and affordability of bulk annuity transactions What practical … Read more

New legislation will require DB schemes to target low risk funding and investment strategy

After a significant delay, the Government has finally published its consultation on draft regulations that will underpin the new long-term funding and investment requirements for UK defined benefit (DB) occupational pension schemes contained in the Pension Schemes Act 2021. These new requirements are designed to drive DB schemes towards a “low dependency” funding level by … Read more