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Take a look around. The Stephenson Harwood pensions team gives you the inside track on what you need to know on pensions.


Court of Appeal judgment closes the door on retrospective closure of the Barber window (except in very limited circumstances)

The Court of Appeal has handed down its judgment in the case of Safeway v Newton which confirms that the introduction of section 62 of the Pensions Act 1995 was sufficient to close the Barber window of the Safeway Pension Scheme retrospectively with effect from 1 January 1996.

New fears for the position of pension schemes on a corporate insolvency

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill (the "Bill") was published on 20 May 2020. The Bill introduces a new type of ‘moratorium’ whereby eligible companies can take 40 days to restructure without the threat of enforcement action from creditors.

Could PPF levies be on the rise?

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has recently had to re-think the level of benefits it provides members following the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decision of Hampshire.

Closure to accrual process plan

The journey to closure to accrual

The Pension Schemes Bill – new powers for the Pensions Regulator

The Pension Schemes Bill proposes changes to a number of areas of pensions law. This briefing takes a look at some of the key points that sponsors and trustees should be aware of if the Bill becomes law.

Buy-ins and buy-outs: Timing matters

Pensions partner Stephen Richards works with independent investment consultant, Redington to look at why it is important that a buy in/and or buy-out is achieved in a timely and cost efficient manner.

DIFCA issues Dubai Employee Workplace Savings Scheme (DEWS) laws for consultation confirming the 1 January 2020 commencement date

The long awaited laws setting out the end of the unfunded End of Service Gratuity and the introduction of the obligation to provide eligible employees with the funded replacement known as the Dubai Employee Workplace Savings Scheme (DEWS) have finally been issued by the DIFCA

Retrospective equalisation – a possibility?

Since the EU decision of Barber in May 1990, occupational defined benefit pension schemes have been grappling with effectively equalising their normal retirement dates for male and female members.

How to equalise guaranteed minimum pensions (GMPs)

Key steps to a successful conversion.

Pensions in 2019 - our top six

2019 promises to be another busy year for the pensions sector. This briefing picks out six topics that will be of interest to employers and trustees in the coming months.

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