High Court rules delving into women’s pension pots is not discriminatory – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 9th, 2019 in age discrimination, equality, news, notification, pensions, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘In a judgment handed down on 3rd October, the High Court has ruled that successive statutes between 1995 and 2014, which legislated to equalise the state pension age between men and women were not discriminatory. The High Court also determined that it was not a matter for the courts to conclude whether the steps taken to inform those affected by the changes in the state pension age for women were inadequate or unreasonable.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th October 2019

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Women lose landmark High Court fight against pension changes that caused homelessness and destitution – The Independent

Posted October 3rd, 2019 in age discrimination, equality, homelessness, news, pensions, sex discrimination, women by tracey

‘Women affected by controversial adjustments made to the state pension age, which campaigners say unlawfully discriminates against women born in the 1950s, have lost their landmark High Court battle against the government.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2019

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Financial Remedy Update, September 2019 – Family Law Week

‘Rose-Marie Drury, Principal Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during August 2019.’

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Family Law Week, 6th September 2019

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Public sector to launch ‘mass legal battle’ over pension reforms – The Guardian

‘Mass legal claims on behalf of teachers and doctors alleging that changes to their pensions in 2015 were discriminatory are being launched against the government.’

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The Guardian, 27th August 2019

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The Pension Advisory Group’s final report: reviewing a paradigm shift in pensions practice – Family Law Week

‘Matthew Richardson, barrister of Coram Chambers, offers an introduction and overview of a report set to change the future of financial remedies practice significantly.’

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Family Law Week, 28th July 2019

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Woman wins right to late partner’s military pension in landmark ruling – BBC News

‘A woman has won the right to her late partner’s military pension in a landmark ruling for unmarried couples.’

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BBC News, 17th July 2019

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Re-opening final decisions of police injury benefit determinations – UK Police Law Blog

‘In R (Boskovic) v Chief Constable of Staffordshire [2019] EWCA Civ 676, the Court of Appeal had to resolve apparently conflicting High Court decisions on two separate questions arising from the application of the Police (Injury Benefit) Regulations 2006. This blog post considers the implications for police pension authorities who are asked to agree to re-open a final decision, thereby avoiding the need for an appeal to the Police Medical Appeal Board, or a judicial review claim.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 2nd July 2019

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Supreme Court refuses government permission to appeal in pensions dispute with firefighters – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Supreme Court has this week refused the Government permission to appeal in a long-running dispute with the Fire Brigades Union over changes to firefighters’ pensions in 2015.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th June 2019

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Consumers being badly advised on pensions, says regulator – The Guardian

‘The City watchdog has raised fresh concerns that thousands of consumers are being wrongly advised to cash in their defined benefit pension, putting them at greater risk of financial insecurity in old age.’

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The Guardian, 19th June 2019

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Pension code of practice updated as industry cracks down on scammers – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 12th, 2019 in claims management, codes of practice, complaints, fraud, news, ombudsmen, pensions by tracey

‘The updated Pensions Scam Industry Group (PSIG) code of practice (107 page / 2.6MB PDF) includes a number of changes, such as guidance designed to help trustees and providers deal with claims management companies and updates on how to notify the UK’s fraud reporting centre Action Fraud of scams.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th June 2019

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High Court judges’ pay raised to £236,000 a year to fill vacancies having ‘serious impact’ on courts – The Independent

Posted June 6th, 2019 in courts, delay, judiciary, news, pensions, remuneration, statistics by tracey

‘The government has increased the pay of High Court judges by 25 per cent to almost £240,000 a year in a bid to fill vacant posts.’

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The Independent, 5th June 2019

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Women pension age case goes to High Court – BBC News

Posted June 5th, 2019 in judicial review, news, pensions, retirement, sex discrimination, women by sally

‘Campaigners will head to the High Court on Wednesday for a judicial review into how the government raised the retirement age for women.’

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BBC News, 5th June 2019

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Tribunal confirms surcharge on pension liberation scheme user – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 30th, 2019 in HM Revenue & Customs, loans, news, penalties, pensions, taxation by tracey

‘An unauthorised payment surcharge imposed on an individual who participated in a pension liberation scheme was confirmed by the tax tribunal as it said the individual had not acted reasonably in entering into the scheme.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 29th May 2019

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Financial Remedy & Divorce Update, May 2019 – Family Law Week

Posted May 20th, 2019 in divorce, families, financial dispute resolution, news, pensions, reasons by tracey

‘Rose-Marie Drury, Senior Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during April 2019.’

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Family Law Week, 14th May 2019

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Later rule changes cannot validate earlier pension increases, rules court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted May 15th, 2019 in appeals, news, pensions, retrospectivity by sally

‘Pension trustees have not been allowed to justify an increase pension contributions with rule changes that happened two years later. The Court of Appeal in the UK has ruled that trustees cannot use rule changes from 1993 to rectify mistakes made in 1991.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th May 2019

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Woman, 81, killed herself after pension was frozen in error – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2019 in benefits, elderly, inquests, news, pensions, suicide by sally

‘An 81-year-old woman killed herself after running out of money when her pension was frozen due to an administrative error.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2019

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Defined penalties gives Pensions Regulator powers to protect defined benefit schemes – Doughty Street Chambers

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd MP has announced that the government will introduce two new criminal offences to penalise the mismanagement of pension schemes.

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Doughty Street Chambers, 11th February 2019

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Seven-year jail terms unveiled for pension fund mismanagement – The Guardian

Posted February 11th, 2019 in company directors, news, pensions, professional conduct, sentencing by tracey

‘MPs and pension experts have welcomed government plans to introduce lengthy jail sentences for executives who recklessly mismanage pension funds, in an effort to avoid a repeat of recent scandals like BHS or Carillion.’

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The Guardian, 10th February 2019

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Defendant who defrauded council pension fund of £1m jailed for seven years – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 30th, 2019 in fraud, local government, money laundering, news, pensions, sentencing by sally

‘A man who defrauded Westminster City Council’s pension fund of more than £1m has been jailed for seven years.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th January 2019

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Court caps appeal costs to keep ‘some semblance of reasonableness’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 17th, 2019 in airlines, appeals, costs, costs capping orders, indemnities, news, pensions, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The High Court has taken the proactive step of capping the costs of a litigant before they pursue an appeal through the Supreme Court. Mr Justice Arnold said the claimant in Airways Pension Scheme Trustee Ltd v Fielder & Anor should be limited to the same costs as the defendant – in doing so shaving around £200,000 from the costs estimate.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th January 2019

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