Regulatory, Tax and Public Sector

Regulatory, Tax and Public Sector

The world of pensions is highly regulated and seemingly subject to perpetual scrutiny from legislators who cannot resist introducing more and more change. Nowadays, only those steeped in knowledge of the industry and with the resources to remain abreast of its constant developments are able to advise with confidence.


At ARC Pensions Law, we expend considerable time and resources in ensuring that our whole team are fully up to date with the latest legal developments and have a deep understanding of the wider context within which such legal changes occur. On these pages, we list some of the areas in which we support our clients with occupational pension schemes, whether as sponsor, trustee or professional adviser, in either the private or public sectors.

Closing Defined Benefit Pension Scheme at BA highlights liabilities

With some rather unseasonal timing, in mid December 2017, British Airways announced the bad news to staff of the planned closure of its defined benefits pension scheme ( the New Airways Pension Scheme, known as NAPS) to future accrual in April 2018, with a view to addressing the £2.8bn deficit in the scheme....

VAT and Pension Scheme Expenses for Defined Benefit Schemes

It is three and a half years since HM Revenue and Customs (“HMRC”) announced a change in their practice in relation to recoverability of VAT on pension scheme expenses. The reform allowed employers to recover VAT on investment, including administrative expenses associated with their defined benefit pension schemes. However, working out how to achieve this in the highly regulated world of pensions has proved to be a challenge for HMRC. It left employers unclear about how to achieve full recovery of VAT on investment expenses, which are normally one of the highest of the charges incurred by pension schemes....

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