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Parliamentary Select Committee enquiry into defined benefit pension schemes: Show-stopper or damp-squib?

Parliamentary Select Committee enquiry into defined benefit pension schemes: Show-stopper or damp-squib?

Introduction Not content with its Report on the BHS Scheme (issued on the 20 July 2016) the Parliamentary Select Committee (the Committee) announced on 8 August 2016 a wide ranging enquiry into defined benefit (DB) schemes and asked for written submissions on 5 topics by 23 September 2016. Below is ... Read More »

Restructuring and notification of mass dismissals with regard to labor law

Restructuring and notification of mass dismissals with regard to labor law

“Fear, paranoia, insecurity.” With this apocalyptic triangle, Rose Beauchamp, Stephen Heidari-Robinson and Suzanne Heywood describe in their article Reorganization without Tears the environment in which the reorganization of companies takes place. And in this article they are only referring to the non-legal aspects of change processes. A quick glance at ... Read More »

Disguised remuneration: Window to claim transitional relief on investment growth extended

Disguised remuneration: Window to claim transitional relief on investment growth extended

Currently, the Finance Act 2011 provides tax relief on amounts earned in disguised remuneration schemes (employee benefit trusts), with a tax charge applying only to the amount invested. This relief is due to be withdrawn as part of the Government’s crackdown on employee benefit trusts. In order to encourage settlement ... Read More »

Pensions liberation: Has the High Court opened the floodgates for fraudsters to exploit both individuals, and flaws within the system?

Pensions liberation: Has the High Court opened the floodgates for fraudsters to exploit both individuals, and flaws within the system?

The High Court has overturned a decision of the Pensions Ombudsman which supported Royal London’s decision not to transfer a member’s benefits to another pension arrangement due to pensions liberation fears. This could have serious repercussions for pension scheme trustees, and for the Pensions Regulator’s crusade against unlawful liberation activity. ... Read More »

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