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Fairs: TPR’s criminal powers policy will evolve with experience

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Podcast: The Pensions Regulator’s policy around the use of its controversial new powers “will evolve” in response to evidence, court cases and industry experience, its director of regulatory policy, analysis and advice, David Fairs, has revealed.

Uber decision poses challenges for master trust sector

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Podcast: For master trusts, onboarding gig economy workers who could be entitled to a pension following the Supreme Court’s Uber verdict is not as simple as it may sound. Hymans Robertson’s Patrick Bloomfield and Victoria Panormo unpack the problem.

Budget 2021: ‘Reckless conservatism’ in DB landscape

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Podcast: Conservative party peer Baroness Ros Altmann is joined by Isio partner Mike Smedley to discuss the impact of the Budget on the pensions industry.

Timms calls for pension transfer rules change

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Podcast: The current law governing transfers is not fit for purpose and there are too many bodies involved in handling pension scams, according to Work and Pensions Committee chair Stephen Timms.

Tackling climate change will require a ‘step change’ in governance

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Podcast: Stuart O’Brien, partner at Sackers, and Tegs Harding discuss climate change and responsible investments, another row at the Universities Superannuation Scheme, and the cartelisation of the advisory market.

New powers in Pension Schemes Act could cause bankruptcies

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Podcast: New criminal provisions in the Pension Schemes Act are so broadly drafted that they could strangle legitimate business activity, potentially resulting in unnecessary bankruptcies. So says Arc Pensions Law partner Jane Kola, who, along with Society of Pension Professionals president James Riley, warn about the potentially dire consequences and call for more clarity from the regulator.

Economic uncertainty, DC consolidation, ESG to mark 2021

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Podcast: Marc Hommel, senior pensions adviser at EY-Parthenon, and Sue Pemberton, head of technology and defined contribution consulting at Premier Pensions, give their predictions for the pensions industry in 2021.

Trustees advised to self-certify before Christmas

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Podcast: Jo Myerson, trustee director at Ross Trustees, and David Rae, head of strategic client solutions at Russell Investments, discuss the importance of trustees complying with the Competition and Markets Authority’s self-certification rules, as well as insolvencies, superfunds and the fallout from the reform of the retail price index.

Industry needs to work together to sort out GMPs

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Podcast: Lynda Whitney, partner at Aon, and David Brooks, technical director at Broadstone, discuss what lies ahead for trustees and administrators as they try to digest the latest High Court ruling regarding guaranteed minimum pensions.

Regulatory uncertainty puts workforce reform at risk

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Podcast: The apparent contradiction between the Treasury’s new exit payment cap and existing Local Government Pension Scheme regulations risks limiting employers’ ability to restructure their workforce, warns Alison Murray, partner and head of public sector actuarial at Aon. She is joined by Linklaters counsel Anna Taylor, in a conversation also covering a new responsible investment bill and a proposed solution to the Section 75 problem.