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Barnett Waddingham
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Our expanding client base includes many household name multinationals as well as less well-known SMEs.

Our expertise is focused around the following:

Many employers have taken steps to limit their pension scheme exposure by closing their DB scheme to new entrants and increasingly to future accrual. This still leaves them with a legacy liability that needs to be managed. Winding up the scheme immediately is not a viable option for most employers but a coordinated de-risking strategy could be established to exploit opportunities as they arise. 

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Many trustees and employers are actively considering the option of insuring their scheme liabilities with a bulk annuity insurer through a buy-out or buy-in policy. When considering a buy-out or buy-in of a scheme's liabilities, it is important that the trustees and employer prepare carefully for a transaction in advance so that a deal can be completed efficiently.

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The funding positions of pension schemes disclosed in company accounts can be highly volatile. It is vital that company directors understand the possible impact their final salary scheme can have on the company balance sheet and the profit and loss position. 

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The ever increasing compliance burden placed on trustees is inevitably leading them to play ‘hard ball’ with their sponsoring employers over the funding of schemes. Therefore, it will often be beneficial for employers to seek independent advice to support their negotiations with the Trustees.

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The levy is often a significant expense for an employer to bear and although addressed to the trustees the cost will ultimately fall on the employer. It is therefore important for employers to explore every possible option for minimising the levy. 

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More flexible working practices and greater diversity in the workplace have resulted in greater variety in employee benefit packages. 

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One of the most financially significant aspects of a corporate transaction is often a pension scheme deficit. The Pensions Regulator and scheme’s trustees are also playing a much greater role in the deal process so it is vital to consider the pension scheme at an early stage. 

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When taking on staff as part of an outsourcing arrangement, employers may become responsible for the employees’ historic pensions promises, meaning any unexpected costs from the pensions could dwarf any other margins in the contract price.

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Provision of actuarial services to employers who participate in non-associated multi-employer schemes. This includes support on actuarial valuations, employer debt and de-risking options.

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Blogs

  • Current Issues in Pensions Financial Reporting - 30 September 2017

    Our latest Current Issues in Pensions Financial Reporting newsletter details the key financial assumptions required for determining pension liabilities under the FRS102 (UK non-listed), IAS19 (EU listed) and ASC715 (US listed).

  • What you need to know about the LISA

    The latest Individual Savings Account (ISA), the Lifetime ISA (LISA), launched on 6 April 2017 and is designed to help individuals buy their first home or save for retirement.

  • Current Pensions Issues - Summer 2017

    Our latest edition of Current Pensions Issues includes an overview of TPR's annual funding statement, Conservative manifesto policies following the snap general election, as well as the latest news on the PPF levy.

  • Dec 7 2016
    Accounting for pensions: how to reduce your deficit

    Since 31 December 2015 the liability value of a typical pension scheme has increased by 25%. This increase can have real consequences; our webinar will guide you through the simple steps you can take to mitigate these.

    Location: Webinar

  • Nov 29 2016
    A practical guide to Integrated Risk Management

    During this webinar, our experts will share their insights on the pragmatic application of Integrated Risk Management and how this can benefit your scheme.

    Location: Webinar

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