Pensions Breakfast Briefing

Walker Morris LLP, Kings Court, 12 King Street, LS1 2HL
Thursday 7 March 2019
8:00am  Registration opens and breakfast is served
8:30am  Seminar begins
9:45am  Approx seminar end time

Call My Bluff: The Pensions Edition

It is the start of 2019 and Parliament seems to be paralysed in its attempts to solve the Brexit conundrum.

Back on planet pensions the “back to the future” theme appears to be the order of the day. GMPs stopped accruing nearly 22 years ago but the rumbling question of whether or not GMPs needed to be equalised was only answered at the end of 2018. We may know that GMPs must be equalised as between men and women but many practical questions remain outstanding. Still on the theme of equalisation, it appeared to be an established principle that equalisation amendments could not be made retrospectively. Later this year the Court of Justice of the European Union (Brexit notwithstanding) will consider just this point in the Safeway equalisation case.

Away from the courts it is likely that 2019 will see yet another Pensions Bill. This Bill will set out the Government’s plans to strengthen the Pensions Regulator’s powers as set out in the 2018 White Paper and the August 2018 consultation. It will also be interesting to see whether or not the Bill includes provisions which would allow the establishment of collective defined contribution schemes.

It is, therefore, a good time to take stock of the latest pensions developments, but with our usual Walker Morris twist.

We will present Call My Bluff: the Pensions Edition. Join us for a topical debate chaired by our own Angus Deayton (or Robert Robinson for those with longer memories) substitute in which our panellists will delve into the depths of the pensions dictionary to challenge the meaning of some of the more obscure terms. Topics which our panellists may cover include:

  • GMP equalisation: the challenges and how to deal with them.
  • Safeway: will retrospective amendments save us?
  • Where next for the Pensions Regulator and its powers?
  • Collective defined contribution: the best thing since sliced bread or a disaster waiting to happen?

As always please come prepared for an interactive discussion from which you will take away some practical hints and tips.  If you would like to submit a question to be answered by our guests or to book your place please email it to

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