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Project planning for GDPR compliance: UK pension schemes

The General Data Protection Regulation takes effect from 25 May 2018, and will require significant planning and preparation by UK pension schemes. Although many of the basic concepts set out in the GDPR will be familiar,...more

For your DC trustee agenda: current legal issues

Welcome to our monthly update on current legal issues for trustees of DC pension schemes, designed to help you stay up to date with key developments between trustee meetings, and to support the legal update item on your next...more

Pensions in Dispute

The Court of Appeal has ruled on two long-running disputes about the ability of an employer to change pension benefits for future service (for example by closing a scheme to future accrual and/or capping pensionable pay). The...more

What makes a professional pension scheme trustee?

What makes someone a professional trustee? Scheme governance requirements are increasingly heavy, and there is a growing trend to recognise the time commitment and responsibility by paying trustees – but is an individual a...more

8/11/2017  /  Pension Schemes , Pensions , Trustees , UK

For your DC trustee agenda: current legal issues

Welcome to our monthly update on current legal issues for trustees of DC pension schemes, designed to help you stay up to date with key developments between trustee meetings, and to support the legal update item on your next...more

Supreme Court widens rights for same-sex couples

The Supreme Court has ruled in two cases on the issue of whether new legislation has retrospective effect on pension rights. One case covers same-sex couples. The other case looks at part-timers. The Court ruled that the...more

7/14/2017  /  CJEU , Pensions , Same-Sex Marriage , UK

GMP Round-Up: Where Are We Now?

Guaranteed minimum pension (GMP) rights present a variety of issues for schemes with any history of contracting-out of UK state pension arrangements. This briefing provides an update on the latest developments in a number of...more

Joint DB and DC trustee agenda update: current legal issues

Welcome to our monthly update on current legal issues for trustees responsible for DB and DC pension arrangements, designed to help you stay up to date with key developments between trustee meetings, and to support the legal...more

A quick guide to asset protection for pension schemes

What protection is available for pension scheme assets in the event of provider failure such as negligence, fraud or insolvency, or the failure of the other parties involved in an investment? This question is particularly...more

Article 50 triggered: implications for employers and pension schemes

Overview - The Prime Minister has issued formal notice of the UK’s intention to leave the European Union, triggering the start of a two-year negotiation process. The countdown has begun – but a countdown to what?...more

Cyber risk: practical actions to improve data security

Cybersecurity is a topical issue for pension schemes, and an increasingly important regulatory risk. Not only does the Pensions Regulator believe that trustees should be taking action to mitigate cyber risks, but there is...more

Financial Support Directions: issues for banks and lenders

The Pensions Regulator’s power to issue a financial support direction (FSD) could mean that a bank, lender or other corporate investor becomes obliged to provide financial support to a pension scheme to which it has little,...more

UK Pensions: End Of Contracting-Out Issues For Employers And Trustees - April 2015

The immediate impact, for employers currently sponsoring a contracted-out DB scheme, is an increase in payroll costs because the reduced rate of national insurance contributions (NICs) which applies to workers who are in...more

4/21/2015  /  Pensions , UK

Money purchase deconstructed: Working with the new definition – a checklist for trustees and administrators

The definition of money purchase benefits is changing, and with it the rules on how schemes are required to deal with any benefit which becomes classified as ‘non-money purchase’. More information about these affected...more

Good Faith And Employee Communications: Landmark ruling in IBM UK Holdings Ltd and IBM UK Ltd v Dalgleish and others

Employers undertaking pension scheme benefit change processes need to give careful consideration not only to the detail of member communications, but also to the overall impression they give and to member expectations which...more

VAT recovery and pension schemes: Where are we now?

HMRC’s policy on reclaiming VAT on investment management and other costs remains under review in the light of two recent decisions from the Court of Justice of the European Union. The first of these cases, PPG...more

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