Pensions Planner – Febuary 2021

    The latest edition of our Pensions Planner is here. Click on the image below to open your copy. The Planner and our handy timeline will help you keep up-to-date with the latest developments in pensions law and practice and identify the key pensions issues that your scheme or organisation needs to address in the coming … Read more

    New statutory funding requirements put focus on end game for DB schemes

    The Pension Schemes Act 2021 finally received Royal Assent on 11 February 2021. The Act contains some significant new funding requirements for defined benefit (DB) occupational pension schemes which mean that trustees and sponsors will soon be required to set a legally binding long-term objective for their scheme. In future, this objective will drive the … Read more

    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

    Podcast: Pensions and ESG Ep2 – Implementing ESG in DC pensions

    We are delighted to share the latest podcast in our series on ‘Pensions and ESG’, featuring Emma Douglas, Head of DC at Legal & General Investment Management. As policymakers, regulators and civil society groups increase the pressure on pension funds and asset managers to demonstrate that they are effectively managing environmental, social and governance risks, … 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

    Covid-19: round-up of recent changes concerning CJRS claims and lockdown rules (UK)

    Here is a round up of the recent changes concerning the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and rules relating to the third lockdown. Employers claiming for furloughed employees under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) need to keep a close eye on deadlines. Monthly deadlines for claims must be now met unless an employer has a ‘reasonable … Read more