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29.10.2019

Partner Anne-Marie Winton discusses new Pensions Bill in The Times

One of the few surprises in the recent Queen’s Speech was a piece of draft leg…


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22.10.2019

Partner Jane Kola comments in Professional Pensions on GMP equalisation

The cross-industry GMP Equalisation Working Group’s (GMPEWG) first batch o…


post | Featured post,GMP equalisation,Jane-Kola

28.06.2019

Rosalind Connor comments in FTAdviser on the court appeal’s ruling against the government’s leave to appeal in judges’ and firefighters’ pensions cases

In December, The Court of Appeal ruled that changes to the pension schemes intro…


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13.06.2019

Anna Copestake comments in Pensions Expert on the Pensions Regulator’s plans to extend its reach

The Pensions Regulator’s head of regulatory policy, David Fairs, announced p…


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4.06.2019

Anna Rogers comments in Pensions Expert on advocate General Hogan advising that full DB benefits must be paid in insolvency

The European Court is set to rule on whether insolvency compensation has to cove…


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30.05.2019

Extension of the pension regulator’s powers

In July 2018 the Department of Work and Pensions was tasked with carrying out a …


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13.05.2019

New law set to get tough on firms that put pensions at risk

The news that Brexit could be delayed until Halloween has alleviated one headach…


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8.05.2019

All you need to know: executive pensions and regulation

Anyone looking at British statute books might think that pensions are the most i…


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30.04.2019

Anna Copestake comments in Pensions Age on the implication of data for the pensions industry

The pensions industry is changing; regulation, technology and disruptors are all…


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24.04.2019

Anna Rogers comments in Pensions Expert on the Government’s guidance on GMP conversion

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has set out a ten-stage process for U…


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23.04.2019

Anna Copestake comments in Pensions Age, welcoming greater consistency in the Pensions Ombudsman’s recent decisions, particularly those on pensions transfers

The Pensions Ombudsman (TPO) deals with complaints and disputes that concern the…


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27.03.2019

Anne-Marie Winton comments in Pensions Expert on John Laing Pensions Fund divesting asset-backed funding from former sponsor

The John Laing Pension Fund has sold its remaining stake in infrastructure compa…


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12.03.2019

Rosalind Connor comments in Professional Pensions on DWP delay leaving schemes vulnerable to breaching the Equality Act 2010

A government failure to update equality legislation means schemes offering bridg…


post | Rosalind-Connor

27.02.2019

Consolidation and how actuaries are pivotal

DWP closed their Consultation on Consolidation of Defined Benefit Pension Scheme…


post | Defined Benefit Schemes,Kate-Payne

21.02.2019

Regulatory, Tax and Public Sector

The world of pensions is highly regulated and seemingly subject to perpetual scr…


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12.02.2019

Anne-Marie Winton comments in Pensions Expert on the new criminal offences proposed to prevent pension mismanagement

The government has said that it plans to go ahead with proposals for new crimina…


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6.02.2019

Scheme Governance and Compliance

The last decade has seen an upsurge in regulation and guidance relating to pensi…


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6.02.2019

Data Protection

Pension schemes necessarily hold a great deal of data about members, former memb…


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6.02.2019

Pension Protection Fund

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has become an important player for defined ben…


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6.02.2019

Pensions Taxation

Taxation is a driving force for the design of pension schemes and the choices ma…


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6.02.2019

Public Sector and Outsourcing

The close regulation and frequent reform of public sector pensions present a gre…


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6.02.2019

Working with the Pensions Regulator

The Pensions Regulator’s powers to issue contribution notices and financial su…


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4.02.2019

Jane Kola comments in The Actuary on Superfunds becoming the common solution for DB schemes

Research from Lincoln Pensions shows that 52% of the respondents expect consolid…


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4.02.2019

Jane Kola comments in The Actuary on Superfunds becoming the common solution for DB schemes

Research from Lincoln Pensions shows that 52% of the respondents expect consolid…


post | Defined Benefit,Jane-Kola

1.02.2019

Arc Pensions Law responds to the DWP consultation on pension scheme consolidation and commercial consolidators

Arc generally supports the idea of commercial consolidators but considers the pr…


post | Firm News,Governance and Compliance

4.12.2018

Rosalind Connor comments in Law360 on the Pensions Regulator’s public criticism of Southern Water

Utility company Southern Water has agreed to pay significantly higher deficit re…


post | Dealing with the Pensions Regulator,Governance and Compliance,Rosalind-Connor,Scheme Governance & Compliance regulatory

7.11.2018

Kate Payne comments in FTAdviser on whether public schemes are safe from the GMP Equalisation ruling

Public sector pensions schemes won't have to change the way they equalise guaran…


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7.11.2018

What greater regulatory scrutiny means for small schemes

In addition to announcing its new "tougher" stance, the Pensions Regulator has s…


post | Pension Protection Fund,Vikki-Massarano

30.10.2018

What the Budget means for pensions

Pensions was the unspoken issue in this year's Budget, despite recent rampant ru…


post | Rosalind-Connor

9.10.2018

Tough new approach from pensions regulator, increased scrutiny for schemes

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has unveiled a new logo and a new approach, in a pa…


post | The Pensions Regulator,Vikki-Massarano

19.07.2018

Inadequate measures place pressure on pensions’ schemes

After several vigorous, public criticism of its failure to exercise its powers i…


post | Dealing with the Pensions Regulator,Governance and Compliance,Scheme Governance & Compliance regulatory,Scheme Governance and Compliance trustee,The Pensions Regulator,Vikki-Massarano

15.06.2018

More scrutiny into pensions schemes needed

The Pensions Regulator's exercise of its powers has been in the spotlight recent…


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14.06.2018

Anne-Marie Winton comments in FT Adviser on the Lords Economic Affairs Committee inquiry into DB pension boosting measure

The Lords Economic Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into whether the re…


post | Anne-Marie-Winton,Defined Benefit Schemes,Governance and Compliance

12.06.2018

Picking up the pensions pieces after Carillion

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has done too little, too late to reduce the risks t…


post | Anne-Marie-Winton,The Pensions Regulator

22.05.2018

Rosalind Connor comments in Pensions Expert on GDPR and how it will affect the pensions industry

On 25th of May, GDPR will come into effect. Trustees and schemes alike have to m…


post | Rosalind-Connor,Trustee Advice

17.05.2018

Pensions Regulator to toughen up following Carillion failure

The publication yesterday of the joint Business and Energy & Industrial Strategy…


post | Anne-Marie-Winton,Governance and Compliance

11.05.2018

Rosalind Connor comments in Pensions Age on the challenges pension schemes face from GDPR and old data

The EU's GDPR comes into effect on the 25th of May 2018 and will involve specifi…


post | Governance and Compliance,Rosalind-Connor

3.05.2018

Anne-Marie Winton comments in NatWest Content Live on pensions reform in the charity sector

Poor fund returns and the closure of defined benefit schemes are driving reform …


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20.03.2018

Piercing the Corporate Veil

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has attempted to flex its muscles by raising public…


post | Anne-Marie-Winton,Governance and Compliance

6.02.2018

Vikki Massarano comments in Pensions Expert as Government defeated on discriminatory changes for firefighters and judges

The Employment Appeal Tribunal is returning the firefighters' discrimination cas…


post | Vikki-Massarano

25.01.2018

Anne-Marie Winton comments in The Times on the handling of Carillion’s collapse

The collapse of the construction group Carillion is a tragedy ‚Äî but it is …


post | Anne-Marie-Winton,Restructuring and Insolvency law firms,Restructuring and Insolvency managing change

24.01.2018

Do the GKN trustees really matter to Melrose?

Pension scheme trustees tend to keep quietly in the corner, talking about breach…


post | Dealing with the Pensions Regulator,Rosalind-Connor,Scheme Governance & Compliance regulatory,Scheme Governance and Compliance trustee,Scheme merger managing change,Scheme Mergers trustee

16.01.2018

Closing Defined Benefit Pension Scheme at BA highlights liabilities

With some rather unseasonal timing, in mid December 2017, British Airways announ…


post | Anne-Marie-Winton,Benefit Re-Design and Liability Management,Dealing with the Pensions Regulator,Governance and Compliance,Scheme Governance and Compliance trustee,Winding-up Pension Schemes

11.01.2018

VAT and Pension Scheme Expenses for Defined Benefit Schemes

It is three and a half years since HM Revenue and Customs ("HMRC") announced a c…


post | Governance and Compliance,Kate-Payne,Pensions Taxation,Scheme Governance & Compliance regulatory,Trustee Advice

8.12.2017

Collective Defined Contribution – another pensions headache?

In 2010, completely out of the blue, the pensions industry got a minister who wa…


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14.11.2017

Millions of savers will not now receive pension statements

"HMRC were going to tell everyone who had been, according to their records, cont…


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12.10.2017

Exploring the government’s consultation on corporate governance reform

Anne-Marie Winton considers the key proposals affecting pensions outlined in the…


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12.10.2017

How deferred debt arrangements offer easement for NAME schemes

Nights start to close in in October and we can look forward to evenings at home …


post | Anne-Marie-Winton,Corporate activity change,Corporate activity law firms,Employer Debt and Section 75,Restructuring and Insolvency law firms,Restructuring and Insolvency managing change,Scheme funding employer,Scheme Funding trustee

1.08.2017

Is your scheme closed in the way you think?

Significantly fewer than 1m lucky individuals were active members of private sec…


post | Governance and Compliance,Trustee Advice,Vikki-Massarano,Winding-up Pension Schemes

15.06.2017

British Airways’ Pensions Saga Is Flying Under The Radar

Pension lawyers are different from normal people. Whilst most of the world is ta…


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