Pension Schemes Bill to be reintroduced

As expected, in today’s Queen’s speech, the Government has confirmed that it intends to reintroduce the Pension Schemes Bill before Parliament. The Bill was first introduced three weeks before Parliament was dissolved ahead of the General Election. We expect the Bill to be reintroduced early in the New Year and for the content to be … Read more

What does the election result mean for pensions?

So, the Conservatives return to Government with an 80 seat majority – a result few people predicted in the run-up to last Thursday’s poll. At a macro level, this removes a great deal of the (immediate) uncertainty that has existed since the EU referendum in June 2016. Barring a very unexpected turn of events, we … Read more

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

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

Podcast: Pensions de-risking Ep3 – What is a ‘residual risks’ buyout and how should schemes prepare?

Listen to our latest podcast (11 mins) in which Ben Seth, Senior Associate, Pensions, Herbert Smith Freehills, and Rosie Fantom, Bulk Annuity Consultant, Barnett Waddingham: • explain what a “residual risks” buy-out (also known as an “all risks” buy-out) is • consider the circumstances in which trustees and sponsors may want to consider a residual … 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