Pensions Law Summary - Master Trusts

In this summary, we explain what a master trust is and what the key points are to consider when transferring from traditional pension schemes to a master trust

16 September 2021

Welcome to Burges Salmon’s Pensions Law Summary on Master Trusts.

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Master trusts involve multiple unrelated employers and they appeal to employers and members because they typically have lower maintenance costs, retain strong governance and provide more options for the member to engage with their pension. Considerations for employers and trustees before moving to master trusts vary depending on whether employees will accrue benefits in the master trust going forward and/or have their accrued benefits transferred and we explore these considerations in our summary.

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