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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Bill-by-bill summary: Queen’s Speech at-a-glance – BBC News

‘The Queen has announced the government’s legislation for the year ahead, at the state opening of Parliament. Here is a bill-by-bill guide to what is in the 2016 Queen’s Speech.’

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BBC News, 18th May 2016

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Existing laws ‘putting people’s pensions at risk’ – BBC News

Posted May 9th, 2016 in inquiries, insolvency, news, pensions, select committees by sally

‘The chancellor has been warned that gaps in existing pension laws “could put the retirement savings of many thousands of people at risk”.’

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BBC News, 7th May 2016

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Pension changes deter would-be judges, says lord chief justice – The Guardian

Posted April 28th, 2016 in judiciary, news, pensions, select committees, taxation by tracey

‘George Osborne’s decision to impose a £10,000 tax-free cap on pension contributions is deterring well-paid lawyers from becoming judges, the lord chief justice has said.’

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The Guardian, 27th April 2016

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Finance & Divorce Update, April 2016 – Family Law Week

‘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 March 2016.’

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Family Law Week, 8th April 2016

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Five new laws coming in today and how they will affect you – The Independent

Posted April 7th, 2016 in banking, capital gains tax, dogs, interest, news, pensions, visas by sally

‘Following the introduction of the National Living Wage and unwelcome increases to council tax, today sees another wave of new laws come into force in the UK.’

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The Independent, 6th April 2016

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Watchdog launches review of pension freedoms amid concerns over mis-selling – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 6th, 2016 in financial regulation, news, pensions by tracey

‘A major review of new pension freedoms announced by George Osborne last year is to be carried out by the Financial Conduct Authority amid fears of mis-selling.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th April 2016

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Ten new laws that come into force in April 2016 – and how they affect you – The Independent

‘April 2016 is a month of big changes for people living and working in the UK. A number of new laws and policies are coming into force, affecting just about everyone from public sector workers to dog owners. Here’s what the new laws could mean for you.’

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The Independent, 3rd April 2016

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Harold Shipman timed suicide to ensure his wife got £100k pension pay out – The Independent

Posted March 22nd, 2016 in death in custody, news, pensions, suicide by sally

‘Serial killer Harold Shipman timed his suicide so his wife could cash in a £100,000 pension payout, according to secret prison records. ‘

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The Independent, 20th March 2016

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New law needed for pension protection, says minister – BBC News

Posted March 10th, 2016 in news, pensions, select committees by sally

‘A new law is needed to protect workers’ savings held by companies that provide auto-enrolment pension schemes, a minister has said.’

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BBC News, 9th March 2016

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Pensions litigation included in civil court procedure guide for first time – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 4th, 2016 in civil procedure rules, news, pensions by tracey

‘Official guidance covering the use of the High Court’s Chancery division has been updated to include specific provision for pensions litigation for the first time. Pensions litigation claims can involve hundreds of millions of pounds and affect thousands of individuals.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 2nd March 2016

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Pension offsetting: a question for the Family Court, or for an actuary? – Tanfield Chambers

Posted February 24th, 2016 in divorce, financial provision, news, pensions by sally

‘In ancillary relief litigation, whose responsibility is it to quantify the value of future pension benefits and their non-pension substitutes if offsetting is being considered? What method should be applied to any comparison of pension and non-pension assets?’

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Tanfield Chambers, 16th February 2016

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English courts taking ‘increasingly pragmatic’ approach to correcting pension scheme deeds, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 11th, 2016 in courts, documents, employment, news, pensions, rectification by sally

‘A run of recent decisions shows the “increasingly pragmatic approach” that the courts in England are adopting when faced with applications to fix mistakes in pension scheme deeds, an expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 9th February 2016

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High Court clarifies cost effective procedure allowing pension trustees to correct mistakes – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 20th, 2016 in costs, news, pensions, trusts by sally

‘The High Court has taken the unusual step of publishing a short judgment which sets out how pension scheme trustees can use an administrative procedure to correct errors in the scheme rules in a cost effective way.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th January 2016

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