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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Jess Varnish loses employment tribunal against British Cycling and UK Sport – The Guardian

‘Jess Varnish, the former Great Britain track cyclist, has lost her landmark employment case against British Cycling and UK Sport which had threatened to overhaul funding for Olympic athletes.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2019

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Pension cold calling ban in force from 9 January – OUT-LAW.com

Posted January 7th, 2019 in advertising, news, pensions, regulations, telecommunications by sally

‘Regulations banning ‘cold calls’ relating to pensions have been passed by parliament, and will come into force on 9 January 2019.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st December 2019

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New Judgment: Williams v Trustees of Swansea University Pension and Assurance Scheme & Anor [2018] UKSC 65 – UKSC Blog

Posted December 18th, 2018 in disability discrimination, news, pensions, Supreme Court, universities by sally

‘The claimant appealed against a decision that the calculation of an enhancement under the ill-health early retirement provisions of his pension was not unfavourable treatment that constituted discrimination arising from disability.’

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UKSC Blog, 17th December 2018

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Judgment handed down in the case of O’Brien v Ministry of Justice – Cloisters

‘The case concerns discrimination against part-time judges in the calculation of pensions. The issue is whether periods of service as a part-time judge prior the coming into effect of Part Time Workers Directive (97/81/EC) should be taken into account in calculating the amount of pension to be paid upon retirement.’

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Cloisters, 7th November 2018

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Court of Appeal dismisses BT pension scheme uprating challenge – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 6th, 2018 in indexation, news, pensions by sally

‘The wording of the pension scheme rules prevents BT from changing the rate of inflation it uses to uprate benefits payable under one of the strands of its pension scheme, the Court of Appeal has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 5th December 2018

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BT loses appeal to change method of pensions calculation – The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2018 in appeals, news, pensions, shareholders by sally

‘BT has lost a legal bid to make changes to its pension scheme that unions claim would have transferred an estimated £2bn of wealth from scheme members to shareholders.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2018

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Final salary pension transfers stall as High Court throws rules into doubt – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 12th, 2018 in banking, complaints, financial regulation, news, ombudsmen, pensions by tracey

‘People who attempt to swap final salary company pensions for cash are being left in limbo following a controversial legal judgment.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th November 2018

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Landmark day for state pension equality – BBC News

Posted November 6th, 2018 in budgets, equality, national insurance, news, pensions, statistics, women by sally

‘From Tuesday women in the UK will begin to qualify for their state pensions at the same age as men – currently 65.’

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BBC News, 5th November 2018

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Pensions Ombudsman revamps approach to ‘distress and inconvenience’ awards – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 18th, 2018 in compensation, complaints, consumer protection, maladministration, news, pensions by sally

‘The UK’s Pensions Ombudsman has introduced a fixed-amount award to compensate individuals who have suffered “distress and inconvenience” as a result of the maladministration of a pensions scheme.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th September 2018

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Pensions: don’t cash out of defined benefits, warns regulator – The Guardian

Posted August 29th, 2018 in financial regulation, news, pensions by sally

‘Pension schemes are being warned they may be being too generous when offering cash lump sums to people considering transferring out of their gold-plated deals.’

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The Guardian, 29th August 2018

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Company collapses lead to insolvency law clampdown – BBC News

Posted August 28th, 2018 in company directors, company law, dividends, insolvency, news, pensions by sally

‘Company bosses who dissolve their firms to avoid paying off staff or meeting pension commitments will risk being hit with fines, under new government plans.’

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BBC News, 26th August 2018

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Pensions Ombudsman to overhaul dispute resolution – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 28th, 2018 in complaints, consumer protection, dispute resolution, news, pensions by sally

‘The Pensions Ombudsman is planning to overhaul the way it handles pensions disputes over the coming year, it has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th August 2018

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UK’s pensions regulator cracks down on scams with use of new powers – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 22nd, 2018 in enforcement, fraud, news, pensions, proceeds of crime, valuation by sally

‘The UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) has begun to use a number of enforcement powers for the first time in efforts to deal with issues such as pension scams, scheme valuations and automatic enrolment.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st August 2018

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Court of Appeal hands down judgment in British Airways pension scheme litigation – Radcliffe Chambers

Posted August 6th, 2018 in airlines, news, pensions, trusts by sally

‘The appeal concerned whether the Scheme had been effectively amended to include a trustee power to award discretionary pension increases and whether the subsequent exercise of that power was valid.’

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Radcliffe Chambers, 5th July 2018

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Court of Justice finds UK transgender state pension law discriminatory – Family Law

Posted July 10th, 2018 in EC law, marriage, news, pensions, transgender persons by sally

‘Pensions analysis: A ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union in MB v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Case C-451/16 [2018] All ER (D) 135 (Jun) that EU law precludes UK legislation which requires a woman who had previously been a married man to be no longer married to a woman in order to be able to claim a state retirement pension as from the statutory pensionable age applicable to women is examined by Dr Christopher Stothers, a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. This case has significant implications on how countries recognise changes to gender.’

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Family Law, 10th July 2018

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How much of a groundbreaking decision is the CJEU’s judgment for transgender rights? – Thibault Lechevallier – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Weeks after ruling against certain sexual orientation tests for asylum seekers and finding that EU Member States must recognise the free movement rights of gay spouses, regardless of whether same-sex marriages are solemnised therein, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that the UK requirement for transgendered persons to be unmarried in order to qualify for a State pension at the retirement age of their current gender violated EU law.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 3rd July 2018

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Transgender woman wins pension court battle – BBC News

Posted June 26th, 2018 in EC law, marriage, news, pensions, transgender persons by sally

‘A transgender woman who was unable to access her pension, was discriminated against by UK law, the European Court of Justice has found.’

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BBC News, 26th June 2018

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League Against Cruel Sports in legal battle with vegan ‘whistleblower’ – The Guardian

‘A leading animal welfare charity is locked in an acrimonious legal dispute with a former employee who claims he was dismissed for telling colleagues that its pension fund invested in companies that have been involved in animal testing.’

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The Guardian, 16th June 2018

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Appeal court restores public sector pensions investment guidance – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 15th, 2018 in local government, news, pensions, sanctions by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has found in favour of the government in a legal challenge to its guidance preventing the local government pension scheme (LGPS) from pursuing boycotts as part of its investment strategy’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th June 2018

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