Advisory services

Saying this, we feel it is just as important not to bombard our clients with information for the sake of it. Our approach is to keep our clients informed about issues that will ultimately and materially impact on their pension schemes. Our communications provide timely, but succinct, advice on the generic issues. These are followed up with specific written or verbal advice as appropriate.


Our clients tell us they value our advice because we say what we think and go the extra mile to provide solutions that address their real issues. This is what makes Punter Southall different.

Another differentiator is the depth of resource offered by the Punter Southall Group.  We have specialist teams covering all the services needed by defined benefit pension scheme trustees, including:

  • guidance to trustees on the implications of their sponsoring employer's proposals for pension scheme redesign
  • investment consulting solutions that deliver across the whole spectrum of trustee requirements
  • advice on assessing and monitoring the employer covenant
  • expertise in buy-outs, buy-ins and other de-risking products
  • advice on corporate activity affecting the pension scheme, including corporate transactions
  • advice relating to re-broking and monitoring of trustees’ insurance arrangements
  • individual advice to pension scheme members
  • advice on the management of Pension Protection Fund levies


 Insights and views

    PPF confirms details of 2016/17 levy
    15 January 2016

    ​On 17 December 2015, the Board of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) published final details of how the 2016/17 levy will be calculated.

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    IRM… what does it look like?
    15 January 2016

    ​In December 2015 the Pensions Regulator (TPR) published its long-awaited guidance on what Integrated Risk Management (IRM) may look like and how trustees should go about putting it in place. The guidance effectively expands the material on IRM provided in Code of Practice 3: Funding of defined benefits, which has been effective since July 2014.

    Read full briefing note here

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    Ten key dates for trustee diaries in 2016
    8 January 2016

    ​2015 was one of the busiest years ever for pensions, with the introduction of the new pensions freedoms in April 2015 creating particular challenges for the trustees of both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. A look ahead at some of the key dates in trustees’ calendars shows that there will certainly be no slowing of the pace in 2016. In addition, there are a few possible developments that we may see in 2016 that could have the potential to blow existing pensions planning completely out of the water.

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    Hot topics for companies in January 2016
    5 January 2016

    ​An increase in the level of corporate bond yields is positive news for pension scheme accounting deficits and company balance sheets. We take a look at market conditions and accounting assumptions at the 31 December 2015 year end in more detail.

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    New draft DC Code of Practice
    21 December 2015

    ​On 24 November 2015, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) published its new draft Code of Practice on the governance and administration of trust-based occupational defined contribution (DC) schemes. It is subject to consultation, which closes on 29 January 2016, and the final Code is expected to come into force in July 2016.

    Read full briefing note here

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    Implications of Budget Pensions Changes
    10 February 2016
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    Getting Ready for Your Next Pension Valuation
    3 March 2016
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    Demystifying Pension Scheme Investment
    17 March 2016
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    Demystifying Pension Scheme Investment
    28 April 2016
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    Demystifying Pension Scheme Investment
    10 May 2016
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    Speak direct to our specialists in this area
    Adam Stanley
    Head of Trustee Services
    Or call us on
    020 3327 5000