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.
 

 Overview

 
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

 
    Pension scheme levies 2015/16
    8 June 2015

    ​Pension schemes are subject to a number of different levies. This briefing note collates previously published information to help schemes understand how much they can expect to pay in 2015/16.

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    Scheme funding: the regulator’s eighth analysis
    5 June 2015

    ​In May 2015, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) published its eighth annual analysis of valuations and recovery plans, covering valuations with an effective date falling in the year to 21 September 2013. The analysis covers scheme demographics, assumptions used and details on recovery plans.

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    Out with the old, in with the new…
    3 June 2015

    ​Before 2010, Pensions Ministers seemed to change faster than the latest fashions: each Minister barely had time to master his or her increasingly complex portfolio before the next Minister was knocking at the door. All that changed in 2010 where the unusual circumstances of a Coalition Government brought us the novel prospect of a Pensions Minister who stayed in post for five years and actually knew quite a lot about pensions when he took up the job.

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    The Pensions Regulator issues its funding statement for the ‘unlucky cohort'
    26 May 2015

    ​The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has issued its annual defined benefit funding statement aimed at trustees and employers undertaking valuations with effective dates between 22 September 2014 and 21 September 2015. This group of schemes can be viewed as an unlucky cohort, in that their triennial valuation dates have tended to fall in particularly difficult economic circumstances in 2009, 2012 and now in 2015. (They were also the cohort who first had to get to grips with the new scheme funding regime in 2006.)

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    ‘Call for evidence’ on section 75 debts in multi-employer schemes
    28 April 2015

    ​Current employer debt legislation exposes employers in multi-employer defined benefit (DB) schemes to the risk of large debts falling due and can restrict the options available for managing pension risks. This note summarises the current position and a recent call for evidence published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

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 Events

 
    Charities and the Pensions Challenge: What Chairs Need to Know
    7 July 2015
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    Cost Effective De-risking
    8 July 2015
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    Investment Masterclass: Managing Volatility and Balancing Risk
    16 July 2015
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    Getting Ready for Your Next Pension Scheme Valuation
    24 September 2015
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    PS Annual Pensions Conference 2015
    1 October 2015
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    Visit the Events area for all forthcoming Punter Southall seminars, conferences and events
    Speak to us

    Speak direct to our specialists in this area
    Adam Stanley
    Head of Trustee Services
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    020 3327 5000