The Burges Salmon Pensions Pod

In this podcast series we consider topical issues, the latest pensions news and insights and practical tips to help trustees and employers navigate the ever changing pensions landscape

02 August 2022
In this podcast series, we will be joined by experts from across Burges Salmon as well as select special guests to discuss a range of issues relevant to the pensions industry.

New episodes will be released fortnightly and will appear below as they are released.

Latest episodes

Episode descriptions

Season Two

Episode 1 – Where are we with GMP Equalisation projects?

We are delighted to be back for Season Two of the Burges Salmon Pensions Pod. 

In Episode 1, regular hosts Chris Brown and Helen Cracknell are joined by Catrin Young, our practice development lawyer who is a key part of our GMP equalisation working group and Simon Reddish, partner at XPS who is heading up XPS’ GMP equalisation services. 

We discuss how clients are tackling GMP equalisation projects, what stages they are at, and how to address some of the current issues and questions. This episode is 22 minutes long.  

To access a version with subtitles, please click here and to read the transcript, click here.

Episode 2 – Defined Benefit Consolidation – what are the options?

In Episode 2, which is a must-listen for anyone considering the long-term objective for their defined benefit pension scheme, partner Michael Hayles joins regular hosts Helen Cracknell and Chris Brown to discuss end-game options.

We look at the current state of the annuity market, how superfunds can offer another option for certain schemes and other ways to consolidate defined benefits. We also chat over some of the most recent innovations in this space. The episode is 22 minutes long.

To access a version with subtitles, please click here and to read the transcript, click here.

Episode 3 – Why is ESG important for pension schemes and where are we now?

In episode 3, regular host Chris Brown is joined by George Fowler (partner at ISIO), Tegs Harding (director at Independent Trustee Services) and Kate Granville Smith (senior associate at Burges Salmon) to discuss ESG.

We look at why ESG is important for pension schemes, Trustees’ duties, the impact of current global economic and political factors, how to consider net zero targets and how clients are reacting to the new requirements. The episode is 26 minutes long.

To access a version with subtitles, please click here and to read the transcript, click here.

Episode 4 – What is good pension scheme governance? – the Single Code, Cyber Security and liberation scams 

In this 17 minute episode, Helen Cracknell and Chris Brown are joined by Andy Prater to discuss the latest updates on good scheme governance.

We discuss how trustees are preparing for the Single Code, practical suggestions for ensuring cyber security resilience and the latest updates on pension scams. 

To access a version with subtitles, please click here and to read the transcript, click here.

Episode 5 – Personal Pensions: what do SIPP operators need to know following the Carey judgments?

In this 19 minute episode, hosts Helen Cracknell and Chris Brown are joined by Anna Davis from our financial regulation practice to discuss hot topics affecting SIPP operators. 

We cover a brief history of regulation in this area, the Carey judgments and key current takeaways for SIPP operators.

To access a version with subtitles, please click here and to read the transcript, click here.

Episode 6 – The latest need to know pensions law updates

In the final episode of season two, hosts Helen Cracknell and Chris Brown are joined by solicitor Emily Clarke to discuss some of the latest updates in the pensions world.

We cover dashboards, transfers, DC governance and GMP equalisation – all in just 11 minutes.  

To access a version with subtitles, please click here and to read the transcript, click here.

Season One

Episode 1 - Contingency Planning: Preparing for if things go wrong

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Episode 2 - Pension Schemes Act 2021 and Corporate Transactions

 To access a version with subtitles, please click here and to read the transcript, click here.

Episode 3 - Pensions Law for Charities

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Episode 4 - How to transfer defined contribution benefits to a Master Trust

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Episode 5 - What you need to know about the forthcoming Single Code of Practice 

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Episode 6 - What you need to know about the latest RPI / CPI developments

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Key contact

Chris Brown

Chris Brown Director

  • Pensions Services
  • Pensions Regulatory
  • Pensions Legal Advice

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