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What is a professional trustee? The Pensions Regulator has clarified its definition

The Pensions Regulator expects more of professional trustees than of their lay colleagues and is likely to impose heavier sanctions for underperformance. It matters which side of the line you stand.
03 October 2017

Investment consultancy probe: FCA makes first market investigation referral to CMA

The FCA has referred the investment consultancy market to the CMA for an in-depth review. This is the first time the FCA has used its powers to make such a reference.
29 September 2017

New controls on member-borne charges and early exit costs from 1 October

Early exit costs are controlled for the first time in trust based schemes and the end comes into sight for charging structures that leave members paying for services to the employer.
31 August 2017

Employer duties: Court of Appeal decisions signal a more pragmatic approach

The court has ruled on how employers’ duties to employees affect pension obligations. These cases are important for employers who have taken action to manage final salary pension liabilities.
14 August 2017

Pension trustees in new money laundering quandary over the ownership of assets

Trustees need official clarification (promised by HMRC) on their duties under new anti-money laundering measures. Professional trustees may need to register with a supervisory authority.
01 August 2017

Victory for equality: same survivor pensions in all marriages and civil partnerships

Pension schemes must not treat the survivor of a same sex marriage or civil partnership differently from the survivor of a heterosexual marriage.
20 July 2017

GDPR: pension trustees need to act in response to coming changes in data protection law

UK data protection law will change from 25 May 2018 to make it fit for a digital era. The changes are driven by EU law but will go ahead in the UK whatever form Brexit takes.
21 June 2017

Automatic enrolment: The Pensions Regulator will not tolerate non-compliance

Employers that fail to comply with TPR's demand for information about automatic enrolment in a pension scheme can face a civil fine or criminal prosecution.
05 June 2017

Pension scheme rules bar switch away from retail prices index

The Thales case explores the compilation of the retail prices index and what amounts to a change in it. The analysis will help other schemes assess their chances of switching indices.
10 April 2017

Defined benefit pension schemes: Green Paper – security and sustainability

The government sees no need for a fundamental overhaul of the DB regime but some ideas it floats are radical, like cutting benefits and requiring trustees to have formal training on investment.
29 March 2017

Cohabitant's pension win has different impact on public and private sector pension schemes

Supreme Court rules that the survivor of a cohabiting couple was entitled to a pension from her partner's public sector scheme. We look at the impact on private and public sector pension schemes.
16 February 2017

Consultation on changing the regulation of small self-administered pensions schemes

This update summarises the proposal on tackling pension scams in regard to small self-administered pensions schemes in a recent consultation. It looks at the proposals and their likely implications.
05 January 2017
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