On March 17, 2015, HM Treasury published the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2015 together with a corresponding explanatory memorandum. The Order amends the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001 to create a new type of regulated activity of advising on the conversion or transfer of pension benefits which are safeguarded benefits. Safeguarded benefits are defined to mean any benefits other than money purchase benefits and cash balance benefits. This means that the activity cannot generally be carried on in the UK except by an authorised person or pursuant to an exemption. Concurrently, HM Treasury published the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Transitional Provisions) Order 2015, which makes transitional provision in connection with this new regulated activity. This instrument provides that advisors previously permitted to advise on an equivalent class of transfer are automatically authorised to advise under the new activity. Both Orders enter into force on April 6, 2015.

The Orders and explanatory memoranda are available at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/731/pdfs/uksi_20150731_en.pdf; http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/731/pdfs/uksiem_20150731_en.pdf; http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/732/pdfs/uksi_20150732_en.pdf; and http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2015/732/pdfs/uksiem_20150732_en.pdf