What to look out for in the pensions sector:

  • The Pensions Regulator is expected to introduce a new requirement that schemes must report their performance in processing transfers (including against possible benchmarks and new transfer targets).
  • The Financial Assistance Scheme will close to new schemes from 1 September 2016. Trustees or advisers of schemes that may be qualifying schemes should notify FAS as soon as possible.
  • Publication of the Court of Appeal’s judgment in the appeal against the High Court’s decision in Horton v Henry. The High Court decided that it could not make an income payments order (IPO) in respect of a bankrupt’s pension which was not yet in payment even though the bankrupt might be entitled under rules of the scheme to draw the pension. 
  • An appeal against the High Court’s decision in Briggs v Gleeds is due to be heard in July 2016. The High Court decided that a series of deeds of amendment executed over 20 years were invalid on the basis that they were defectively executed