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End of Round One for TPR?

The pension schemes bill has been issued, giving The Pensions Regulator (TPR) stronger powers, but its passage through parliament is far from over. The new bill legislates for “collective money purchase benefits” and the pensions dashboard, it amends the scheme funding provisions of the Pensions Act 2004 and introduces changes to the individual transfer regime … Continue Reading

An Ode to Pensions Risk Management

Risk management is tricky, as things move along so fast, You think you have it covered, but that status doesn’t last. In terms of regulations, you may be surprised to learn Five hundred have been issued since the last decade did turn. We’re close to Twenty Twenty, it’s a good time to reflect On headlines … Continue Reading

Brisk Walks and Pensions Reports

Many people benefit from having a daily routine of some sort. Repetition takes away the stress of having to make lots of small decisions. For example, I take a brisk walk along the same route from the station to my office most days – I can judge whether I’m running early or late depending when … Continue Reading

What’s the time, Mr Wolf?

Dinner time! Or rather, it’s time for our near annual reminder of the perils of ignoring The Pensions Regulator (TPR). We know by now that it really does bite! In 2017 we wrote about the first high profile uses by TPR of its power to prosecute individuals for failing, without reasonable excuse, to comply with … Continue Reading

Turkey and tinsel… and setting objectives for your investment consultants

The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has issued its final order in relation to its investigation into the investment consultancy and fiduciary management market. The order comes into effect in two parts. Most provisions are effective from 10 December 2019, giving trustees and managers time to prepare for the changes. The monitoring and compliance provisions … Continue Reading

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – The Diversity of Trustee Boards

The Mad Hatter’s tea party would not have been as brilliantly bonkers if the characters were not so diverse. Could pension schemes be managed better if they were more diverse, or is the Pensions Regulator (TPR) just as mad for promoting the need for change? If it is your birthday, unbirthday or any other day … Continue Reading

E-S-G…. (not as) easy as 1-2-3

If you are a trustee of an occupational pension scheme, it is time to start preparing for the new ESG requirements, some of which kick-in on 1 October 2019. What is ESG? Environmental, social and governance considerations have come to the fore in recent years especially in the context of pension scheme investment. In its … Continue Reading

Helping employers with their Plumbing Scheme debt challenges

Debt illustrations are starting to land on the desks of employers who have historically participated in the Plumbing & Mechanical Services (UK) Industry Pension Scheme (“the Plumbing Scheme”). Together with Chris Hawley of Barnett Waddingham, we explore the arising issues and what challenges are open to these employers. Background The challenges facing the Plumbing Scheme … Continue Reading

To Be [Registrable] or Not To Be, That is the Question

Government consultation on transposing the fifth EU money laundering directive into UK law is under way. Do pension trustees need to worry about it?  Probably not. Most of the shocks came in 2017, when the fourth money laundering directive was adopted in the UK. At the same time that many pension trustees were implementing a … Continue Reading

Is LGPS Governance Up To Scratch?

From asset pooling and actuarial valuations to administration and data, local government pension schemes have a lot to think about this year – meaning good governance is more important than ever. In this podcast episode recorded for Pensions Expert, Kirsty Bartlett, partner in our Pensions team, and Ian Colvin, head of LGPS Benefits and Governance … Continue Reading

No Deal, No PPF?

Brexit insolvency issues for trustees of pension schemes with overseas sponsors You might remember that before 2016, in the world before the EU referendum (which did exist!), it was effectively not possible for the insolvency of an overseas sponsor of a UK pension scheme to trigger entry into the PPF unless the overseas sponsor had … Continue Reading

Strength in numbers – The Pensions Regulator presents challenges for the sole trader trustee model

Are you a professional trustee of an occupational pension scheme? If so, you will soon be expected to apply for accreditation and demonstrate that you meet a new set of standards. The Professional Trustee Standards Working Group recently published details of a proposed accreditation framework for professional trustees. This follows on from a consultation which … Continue Reading

I’m a small DC scheme… get me out of here

Does your DC scheme have less than £10m in assets or fewer than 1,000 members? If so, you may have to consolidate into another arrangement – or explain why you should not. The encouragement of DC consolidation is one of the proposals in the DWP’s consultation “Investment Innovation and Future Consolidation”, which runs until 1 … Continue Reading

GMPs Rock!

Are GMPs getting you down? ‘Tis the season for a lighthearted view of a serious issue. We have set the history of GMPs to verse in our “GMPs Rock” poem, and invite you to reminisce with us. All the best from the Squire Patton Boggs Pensions Team. GMPs Rock! It all began way back in time, in Nineteen … Continue Reading

Pensions through a crystal ball

The benefit of hindsight is a wonderful thing. The benefits of a fully functional crystal ball to see the future would be much better. All pensions lawyers (and scheme actuaries) would add it to their gift list! I will attempt to take a look at the pensions related announcements in Monday’s budget from a future … Continue Reading

Keep calm and carry on!

Some of the questions we have been asked this week in relation to GMP equalisation, include – Do we have to equalise for GMPs? How do we do this? Do we have to make back payments? What should we tell our members? How do we deal with outstanding and new cash equivalent transfer value requests? … Continue Reading

PPF standard guarantee survives attack in the courts

It was inevitable that at some point the Pension Protection Fund standard guarantee would be put to the test in the courts. That’s exactly what happened when a guarantee in favour of the Caribonum Pension Scheme was triggered by sponsor insolvency. Although not a surprising outcome, trustees of pension schemes which have Type A PPF … Continue Reading

#How2DoPensions

Starting on #Pensions Awareness Day in September, our #How2DoPensions education campaign involves sharing a bank of quick guides with clients, contacts and the wider pensions industry. Each Tuesday, we publish on our website a quick guide on a topical pensions issue and share a link on the main social media channels. The guides are short … Continue Reading
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