Regulatory, Tax and Public Sector

Working with the Pensions Regulator

The Pensions Regulator’s powers to issue contribution notices and financial support directions (requiring payments or other support from companies and individuals, including those not employers in a defined benefit pension scheme) can be a great concern to all involved.  At ARC Pensions Law, we can explain the limits of the powers and how they might apply to you. With our help, you will be able to:

  • understand when an advance approach to the Pensions Regulator will avoid later problems
  • contact other parties (such as the trustees of the scheme) with a practical and proactive approach
  • deal with any challenges from the Pensions Regulator, helping to allay their concerns
  • apply for clearance, where appropriate, in an effective and time-efficient manner, and
  • manage the relationship with other parties, including the Pensions Regulator, to steer any clearance application through to an effective conclusion.

At ARC Pensions Law, we do not believe that every concern requires an application for clearance. It is often simpler, cheaper and more practical to engage with other parties to deal with issues that the Regulator might want to raise. Our team of experts can help to approach deals with the Regulator’s concerns as clearly and succinctly as possible, keeping time and costs under control.

What the Budget means for pensions

The world of pensions has always been slightly nervous when it comes to the chancellor’s budget. The size of pension funds is very significant, and they are very tax efficient. The attraction of pension funds as a source of taxation has always been quite tempting......

Auto-enrolment compliance under the spotlight

The latest workplace pensions scheme figures indicate that, as of July 2017, more than eight million workers are enrolled by approximately 650,000 employers. With an additional 50,000 schemes on the horizon, it would be easy to think that the automatic-enrolment regime is now fully bedded down and compliance, including for larger employers, re-enrolment, well understood....

How trustees risk providing implicit advice to DC members

In the 2014 Budget, the Chancellor announced changes, effective from April 2015, to existing tax rules, paving the way for a radical overhaul in how defined contributions pension savings are accessed. Recent figures show that in the 2016/17 tax year, almost 400,000 individuals took advantage of these new flexibilities....

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ARC Pensions Law:

Pension schemes are our workplace,

Pensions law is our focus

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