Finance and Divorce Update, December 2016 – Family Law Week

‘Sue Brookes, Senior Associate for Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during November 2016.’

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Family Law Week, 3rd December 2016

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Younger judges take government to court over pension cuts – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2016 in age discrimination, employment tribunals, judges, judiciary, news, pensions by sally

‘The government has demonstrated a “signal breach of faith” in cutting the pensions of recently appointed judges, an employment tribunal has been told.’

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The Guardian, 15th November 2016

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MPs’ corporate governance inquiry: what are the key issues? – The Guardian

Posted November 14th, 2016 in inquiries, news, pensions, remuneration by tracey

‘Parliament launches a series of hearings on reforming British boardrooms on Tuesday, as MPs pledge to ensure Theresa May fulfils her promise to clean up big business.

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The Guardian, 14th November 2016

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See you in court: judges prepare to sue lord chancellor – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Ministry of Justice has refused to comment ahead of a potentially embarrassing case in which serving judges will sue the lord chancellor over their pension arrangements.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th November 2016

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The BHS Scandal – the law unwrapped – Employment Blog

Posted November 8th, 2016 in company directors, dividends, news, pensions, reports, select committees by sally

‘The collapse of BHS into administration left 11,000 employees facing an uncertain future and 20,000 current and future pensioners facing substantial cuts to their entitlements. According to the Work and Pensions Select Committee, BHS encapsulates many of its ongoing concerns about the regulatory and cultural framework in which business operates, including the ethics of business behaviour, the governance of private companies, the balance between risk and reward, mergers and acquisitions practices, the governance and regulation of workplace pension schemes, and the sustainability of defined benefit pensions.’

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Employment Blog, 7th November 2016

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Sir Philip Green in firing line as Pensions Regulator begins enforcement action over BHS’s £571m pension deficit – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 3rd, 2016 in enforcement notices, news, parliament, pensions by tracey

‘The Pensions Regulator has begun enforcement action against a number of parties including Sir Philip Green after failing to reach a deal to plug BHS’s £571m pension deficit. In a dramatic development, the regulator, which has been in talks with Sir Philip and his Taveta group of companies over the retailer’s pension fund since BHS collapsed in late April, issued a warning notice to the Top Shop entrepreneur setting out why it believes he is liable to support the scheme.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd November 2016

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Webber v Department for Education (Pensions Ombudsman intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted October 25th, 2016 in complaints, law reports, limitations, ombudsmen, pensions, time limits by tracey

Webber v Department for Education (Pensions Ombudsman intervening) [2016] EWHC 2519 (Ch)

‘The complainant was a teacher and a member of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. In November 2009 the pension scheme’s administrator wrote to the complainant seeking recovery of pension overpayments in respect of each year since 2002. The complainant made a complaint to the Pensions Ombudsman, pursuant to Part X of the Pension Schemes Act 1993, in which he took a limitation defence. The administrator wrote to the ombudsman in December 2011, indicating it opposed the complaint. The ombudsman went on to reject the complainant’s limitation defence. On his appeal, the High Court held that the complainant had a limitation defence for the recovery of any overpayments made more than six years before the relevant date when the limitation period was to be regarded as having stopped. On a further determination, the ombudsman held that the relevant cut off date for the purposes of limitation was that of the November 2009 letter, namely, the date of an unequivocal demand.’

WLR Daily, 14th October 2016

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Pensions Regulator to get powers to authorise and de-authorise master trusts – Out-Law.com

Posted October 24th, 2016 in news, pensions, trusts by michael

‘The Pensions Regulator is to be given new powers to authorise and de-authorise multi-employer ‘master trust’ pension schemes as part of new legislation published by the UK government.’

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Out-Law.com, 21st October 2016

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Council wins appeal over commercial interests exemption and schools services – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 21st, 2016 in education, freedom of information, local government, news, pensions by sally

‘A borough council has won an appeal in the First-tier Tribunal against a decision notice of the Information Commissioner requiring disclosure of information relating to payroll and pension services provided by the authority to schools.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th October 2016

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Government’s ‘draconian’ pension reforms have backfired, experts warn, as OBR says changes will cost billions – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 12th, 2016 in news, pensions, reports, taxation by tracey

‘George Osborne’s pension reforms will backfire and end up costing the taxpayer billions of pounds more every year as people stop saving for their retirement, the official Treasury watchdog has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th October 2016

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No finding of discrimination for British Gurkha pension scheme – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted September 30th, 2016 in Gurkhas, human rights, immigration, news, pensions, race discrimination by tracey

‘British Gurkha Welfare Society and others v. The United Kingdom, Application no. 44818/11. The Court has rejected claims that the cut-off scheme for British Gurkha pensions was in violation of Article 14 in conjunction with Article 1 of Protocol 1, but leaves open space for future proceedings.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th September 2016

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Serious Fraud Office steps up BHS investigation – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2016 in fraud, insolvency, news, pensions, Serious Fraud Office by tracey

‘The Serious Fraud Office has stepped up its inquiries into the collapse of BHS and the conduct of the department store chain’s former owner Dominic Chappell.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2016

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Finance and Divorce Update September 2016 – Family Law Week

Posted September 15th, 2016 in appeals, divorce, fees, financial provision, news, pensions, periodical payments by tracey

‘Edward Heaton, Principal Associate and Jane Booth, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP, analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during August 2016.’

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Family Law Week, 9th September 2016

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Law firm investigating VW emissions scandal hired to examine BHS – The Guardian

Posted August 12th, 2016 in administrators, bankruptcy, insolvency, law firms, news, pensions by sally

‘The US law firm investigating the diesel emissions scandal at Volkswagen is to examine the conduct of BHS directors in the run-up to the retailer’s collapse.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2016

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Trans women are being forced to get divorced just to claim their pension – The Independent

‘Where an individual is recognised by the state in her passport and driving licence as a woman, why should she be required to end her marriage just to claim the pension that is rightfully hers?’

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The Independent, 11th August 2016

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EU court to hear case of transgender woman refused female pension – The Guardian

Posted August 11th, 2016 in EC law, news, pensions, references to European Court, transsexuals by tracey

‘The case of a 68-year-old transgender woman who was refused the female state pension at the age of 60 because she chose to stay married has been referred by the supreme court to judges in Europe “for their guidance”.’

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The Guardian, 10th August 2016

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ECHR: not discriminatory to deny same-sex partner a survivor’s pension – OUT-LAW.com

‘Refusing to retrospectively re-write national laws to reflect the “evolving” legal recognition of same-sex couples is not discriminatory, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th June 2016

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Pensions Ombudsman anonymity move will protect individuals, but could lead to vexatious claims, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 13th, 2016 in anonymity, complaints, news, ombudsmen, pensions, vexatious litigants by sally

‘The UK Pensions Ombudsman has begun publishing adjudicators’ opinions and formal ombudsman determinations on its website and will make the complainants anonymous in most cases.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th June 2016

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Probe into UK occupational pension schemes – BBC News

Posted May 31st, 2016 in inquiries, news, parliament, pensions, select committees by tracey

‘An inquiry is to be launched into the UK’s 6,000 occupational pension schemes after question marks about the future of the BHS and British Steel schemes.’

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BBC News, 30th May 2016

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Watchdog to ban penalties for savers accessing pensions – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 26th, 2016 in fees, financial regulation, news, penalties, pensions by tracey

Penal charges applying to people who want to access their retirement savings are to be banned by the City watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th May 2016

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