New pensions criminal offences and regulatory sanctions now in force

    From today, directors, lenders, investors and other parties to corporate activity which may jeopardise the interests of a defined benefit (DB) pension scheme face the spectre of criminal prosecution. The new pensions criminal offences and other regulatory sanctions which come into force today are broadly drafted and are likely to impact how corporates and other … Read more

    Pensions Regulator issues final policy on enforcing pensions criminal offences

    The Pensions Regulator has today published its final policy on investigating and prosecuting the new pensions criminal offences of causing a material detriment to a defined benefit (DB) pension scheme and avoiding an employer debt, which come into force on 1 October 2021. Following criticism that its draft policy did not provide sufficient clarity on … Read more

    Pensions legislative and regulatory changes in force from 1 October 2021

    There are a number of significant legislative and regulatory changes coming into force on the 1st October 2021, including new pensions criminal offences and financial penalties, new contribution notice triggers and new governance and disclosure requirements for defined contribution occupational pension schemes. To help you keep track of these we have summarised the headline changes … Read more

    Government to legislate next year to increase normal minimum pension age

    The government has confirmed it plans to legislate to increase the normal minimum pension age from age 55 to age 57 from 6 April 2028 in the next Finance Bill. The legislation will include a protection regime for savers who already have an unqualified right to access their benefits before age 57. Following the recent … Read more

    Court of Appeal confirms PPF compensation cap is unlawful

    In an appeal brought by the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions and The Board of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), the Court of Appeal has endorsed the PPF’s proposed approach to implementing the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU’s) decision in Hampshire v Board of the PPF, overturning the decision of … Read more

    Pensions and ESG Ep4 – Greening Finance and Investment

    In this latest podcast in our Pensions and ESG series, Professor Iain Clacher, Professor of Pensions & Finance at Leeds University Business School and Lead Researcher for Pensions and Asset Management for the new Centre for Greening Finance and Investment, joins Michael Aherne, Pensions Partner, to discuss the plans for the Centre and how it … Read more

    Responsibility Incorporated: General Counsel and the dawning ESG revolution

    Responsibility Incorporated We are delighted to share with you a major new report exploring the key trends and pressure points as General Counsel mobilise to help companies tackle the high-stakes environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda. Drawing on 20 extensive interviews with legal chiefs at major companies across the world, we explore the increasingly central … Read more