Government gives green light to statutory regime for DB Superfunds

    Following the Chancellor’s Mansion House speech, the Government has finally issued a response to its December 2018 consultation on implementing a statutory regime for the regulation of defined benefit (DB) consolidator vehicles, known as “Superfunds”. Development of a statutory regime has been held up by debate within Government, and the pensions industry, over the nature … Read more

    Solving the small pots problem

    The Government has launched a consultation on proposals to eliminate the proliferation of small pension pots by introducing a solution involving multiple authorised default consolidators. Initially, the proposed solution would apply to deferred pots with a value of less than £1,000. Based on current data, this would help to eliminate up to 61% (12.1 million) … Read more

    Chancellor seeks to unlock the power of UK pension investments

    As expected, the Chancellor used his annual Mansion House speech last night to announce a series of initiatives designed to increase the amount UK pension funds invest in UK high-growth companies and to boost returns for pension savers. The Chancellor also announced measures designed to strengthen the UK’s position as a listing destination, as well … Read more

    Life as a Professional Trustee: EP1

    In the latest podcast from the Herbert Smith Freehills’ pensions team, Tim Smith, Professional Support Consultant, is joined by Jane Beverley, Professional Trustee at Law Debenture to discuss: • what life is like as a professional trustee; • key challenges schemes are grappling with at the moment; • a trustee perspective on calls for pension … Read more

    Improved outcomes expected for DB schemes affected by corporate distress

    Successful multi-creditor re-financings and restructurings require those involved to understand the commercial and legal priorities of other stakeholders in order for a positive outcome to be achieved and unnecessary value destruction avoided. To aid this we have collaborated with Grant Thornton UK LLP to publish ‘Getting inside each other’s heads’ – a paper which explores … Read more

    What next for the PPI’s UK Pension Framework?

    In the latest podcast from the Herbert Smith Freehills’ pensions team, Tim Smith, Professional Support Consultant, is joined by Anna Brain, Research Associate at the Pension Policy Institute (PPI) and Lead Researcher on the UK Pensions Framework project. Among other things, Tim and Anna discuss: • what the PPI UK Framework is and how it … Read more

    The Evolving At Retirement Pensions Market

    In the latest podcast from the Herbert Smith Freehills’ pensions team, Mark Howard, Of Counsel, is joined by Claire Altman, Managing Director of Individual Retirement at Phoenix to discuss: the challenges for retirement decision making; retirement product design and advice for members; and whether collective DC schemes might offer an alternative solution at retirement. To … Read more

    Annual Funding Statement 2023: Trustees urged to lock in funding gains and review long term targets

    Overall, the Regulator’s Annual Funding Statement strikes a positive tone with most defined benefit schemes experiencing improved funding levels through a combination of investment out-performance from return-seeking assets and a significant rise in gilt yields. Around a quarter of schemes are expected to be funded above buy-out; with many others exceeding their technical provisions. However, … Read more