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Current Issues in Pensions Seminar - Bristol

Thursday 29 November 2018 09:00 - 17:00

IFoA Logo for EventsThis Autumn we are delivering three Pension seminars across the UK in Leeds, Bristol and London. These seminars cover updates and trending topics in the UK pensions sector in addition to thought provoking discussion and networking opportunities. Click on the Book now link below to book your place at the Bristol seminar.

The seminars are designed for qualified actuaries and nearly qualified actuaries who work or have an interest in UK pensions.

"We will be examining the implications of recent cases and Ombudsman's decisions, including the High Court's landmark ruling on GMP equalisation, what the British Airways' judgment means for trustees' duties and what trustees and pension providers need to do to avoid liability for pension scams in light of the Northumbria Police Authority determination. In the context of GMP equalisation, we will examine what trustees and sponsors should do now in light of the High Court's decision, the options for implementing equalisation and the scope for adopting a simplified approach. We will also consider the impact on buy-outs and transfers.

The risk of trustees facing a legal challenged for failing to take account of ESG considerations in their investment strategies is increasing. So we will also explore the extent to which trustees are required to take account of ESG considerations and what impact the forthcoming changes to the investment regulations will have on this."  Tim Smith, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP


Speakers include:

Neil Bull, TPR

Chris Jeffrey, Legal & General Investment Management

Andrew Lowe, MyCSP Ltd 

Johnny Miller, TPR

Ben Seth, Herbert Smill Freehills LLP

Malcom Slee, Chair, IFoA Professional Skills sub Committee 

Tim Smith, Herbert Smill Freehills LLP

Leisha Watson, Regulatory Lawyer

Costas Yiasoumi, IFoA Self-sufficiency, Buyout and Consolidation Working Party 


Event organiser

Contact Events Team for more information.

0207 632 1498

Topics being covered at this year's Current Issues in Pensions are as follows. 

09.00-09.30: Registration
09.30-09.35: Welcome - Will Bennett

09.35-10.35: GMP Equalisation Update

This session will summarise the recent judgement in the Lloyds’ GMP equalisation case and consider potential next steps for pension schemes.

Speaker: Tim Smith and Ben Seth, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

10.35-11.35: Pensions Dashboard 

This workshop will cover some background to the Pensions Dashboard – why it is being developed, what work has been done to date, who is responsible and the likely roll-out timetable – before looking at how actuaries may be able to input into its development and what we, as the ‘Future Pensions Landscape’ working party, have been up to.  We are keen to hear what people think are the essential characteristics and what are the ‘nice to haves'.

Speaker: Andrew Lowe, MyCSP Ltd

11.35-11.50: Morning refreshments

11.50-12.50: Global Macro Trends, Today and Tomorrow

With the global economy showing signs of recovery, investors are starting to ask why and how long this might last. This session will look at the key drivers of growth, today and tomorrow, also touching on a longer term theme relevant for pension scheme investing, the driver of demographic changes on the global economy.

Speakers: Chris Jeffrey, Legal & General Investment Management

12.50-13.40: Lunch

13.40-14.40: Protecting Defined Benefit Schemes – A New Funding Code

Ahead of the formal consultation on a new Code of Practice on Funding in 2019, TPR is talking to interested stakeholders on the design of clearer funding standards. This session will provide an update on this process and other developments in TPR’s approach to regulating defined benefit schemes.

Speakers: Johnny Miller and Andrew Dodd, The Pensions Regulator

14.40-15.40: Professional Skills Session: Getting it Right 

An update on IFoA regulatory developments including the consultation on monitoring the quality of actuarial work, together with a chance for you to watch and discuss one of the new 2018/19 Professional Skills Training videos.

Speakers: Malcolm Slee and Leisha Watson

15.40-15.55: Afternoon refreshments

15.55-16.55: Pension Scheme Consolidation

A recap on recent developments, focussing on the new ‘commercial’ consolidators, the Pensions Superfund and Clara, together with a look ahead to the DWP’s consultation on regulating consolidators, and the potential issues for trustees, employers and their actuaries when considering scheme consolidation.

Speakers: Costas Yiasoumi, IFoA Self-sufficiency, Buyout and Consolidation Working Party and Sam Jenkins, LCP

16.55-17.00: Closing remarks



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