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Harriet Fletcher

A new case means good news for employers with a pension scheme surplus

Does the Inner Court of the Court of Session’s decision in the abrdn case open the door fully to pension scheme resulting trusts?  Penny...

Penny Cogher

Pensions Law - What’s on the Horizon for 2024? Part 2 - The General Election

In January this year, Martin Jenkins said 2024 would be a busy one for the Pensions industry Pensions Law: What’s on the horizon for...

Harriet Fletcher

Automatic Enrolment – extension of thresholds

Hot on the heels of Pension Awareness Week (11-15 September), new legislation abolishing the lower earnings limit for contributions and...

Penny Cogher

I'm still standing - survivor benefits

The Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) Equal Treatment by Occupational Pension Schemes) Regulations 2023 affect occupational pension schemes...

David Shirt

Update on the Pension Schemes Bill 2020

By  Penny Cogher, Pensions partner at Irwin Mitchell. Progress with the Pension Schemes Bill has been paused yet again following the...

David Shirt

Investment governance – ESG considerations for DC and DB Schemes

By Penny Cogher, Pensions partner at Irwin MItchell. From October 2020, pension trustees are required to provide further information...

David Shirt

TPR COVID-19: an update on reporting duties and enforcement activity

By Penny Cogher, Pensions partner at Irwin Mitchell. Reporting requirements for those running a pension scheme that were paused in...

David Shirt

The possible reform of Pension Tax this autumn

By Penny Cogher, Pensions partner at Irwin Mitchell. The reform of UK pension tax system is now a cause of perennial speculation each...

David Shirt

The possible reform of pension tax this Autumn

By Penny Cogher, Pensions Partner The reform of UK pension tax system is now a cause of perennial speculation each budget. This is not...

Joanne Moseley

Pensions and furloughing - key issues for employers

Pensions expert, Penny Cogher takes a look at the issues employers need to be aware of when making pension contributions to furloughed...

Joanne Moseley

Latest pensions guidance from The Pensions Regulator on auto-enrolment compliance and the coronavirus

Last week, our pensions expert, Penny Cogher looked at the key issues employers need to be aware of when making pension contributions to...

Penny Cogher

Accessing pension scheme surplus: what's in the Consultation Paper?

On 23 February 2024, the Government launched a consultation on proposals to help well-funded DB schemes invest in assets that support...

Penny Cogher

All change for the Lifetime Allowance from 6 April 2024?

Penny Cogher and Harriet Fletcher from Irwin Mitchell's Pensions team explain how the Finance Act 2024 affects pensions tax. Key points...

Joanne Moseley

The pension pay gap: what needs to change to give women parity with men?

The pensions gender pay gap in 2024 is alarming. According to a new report by NOW: Pensions women face significant disadvantages in terms...

Penny Cogher

In the spotlight: Discretionary Increases

Penny Cogher and Harriet Fletcher from the Irwin Mitchell Pensions team explain why the BP Pension Scheme has recently featured in the...

Nicola Gooch

Festive funding rows: CIL, planning fees & local authority funding

We are now officially in December, which means that festive-ness is now socially acceptable*.  As such, I thought we should get properly...

David Shirt

Spring Budget 2021

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has today set out the government’s tax and spending plans in his latest Budget. The announcement included...

Joanne Moseley

Coronavirus: Pensions Regulator eases up on compliance

At long last the Pensions Regulator has announced some further easements – relaxations that it will apply at least until 30 June 2020 in...

Claire Petricca-Riding

Environmental Weekly News Round Up - 29 September 2023

Achieving Net Zero - What You Need To Know What are the legal intricacies surrounding Net Zero? What challenges do businesses face, and...

Nicola Gooch

There's gotta be something better than this: CIL breaks the link between new development and infrastructure provision - and this is a problem.

If you have not read today's Property Week, I thoroughly recommend  it. One of the lead features is an investigation into the rate at...

Joanne Moseley

Toolkit published to help organisations bridge the gender pay gap

The Government backed - Women's Business Council's Men as Change Agents group - has published a toolkit of practical advice aimed at...

Joanne Moseley

Why the Apprenticeship Levy is treated as another tax

John Timpson, the Chairman of Timpson, writing in The Telegraph newspaper explains why his company does not benefit from the annual...

Irwin Mitchell

Brexit and a little controversy over a proposed permanent EU delegation office in Northern Ireland

On 27 April 2020, Penny Mordaunt, the UK Government Paymaster- General and the alternate UK Co-Chair of UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement Joint...

David Shirt

The High Street in a post-COVID world

By Megan Forbes, Irwin Mitchell Solicitor 2019 was reported to be the worst year on record for retail in the UK…and then along came...

Irwin Mitchell

What’s new Birmingham?

This weekend I woke up to a Passle reminder that I haven’t posted anything recently. I haven't met my target!!  Welcome to 2020 - an...

Penny Cogher

TPO: Use IDRP before asking us to consider the complaint

New announcement from The Pensions Ombudsman (TPO) reinforces the need for individuals and schemes to engage with IDRPs seriously and...

Penny Cogher

New case gives breathing room for pension schemes regarding the data protection risks of member correspondence

The High Court’s decision in Farley v Paymaster (1836) Ltd [2024] EWHC 383 (KB) has struck out the majority of claims brought by 474...

Penny Cogher

Budget 2024: impact on Pension Schemes

Yesterday I set out my initial post budget thoughts Budget 2024: UK Defined Contribution Pension Changes (irwinmitchell.com) Today, I am...

Penny Cogher

Budget 2024: UK Defined Contribution Pension Changes

During his Budget speech today, the Chancellor followed up on the announcement he trailed over the weekend that UK Defined Contribution...

Penny Cogher

Surplus - can employers have their cake and eat it?

On 22 November, I gave my initial thoughts on the Chancellor's Autumn Statement. Here I take a closer look at what the announcement means...