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Thursday 5 May 2016

Wilberforce Pensions Lectures

Wilberforce Chambers invites you to a series of lectures by senior practitioners on technical topics of particular interest to non-contentious pensions lawyers. Wilberforce Chambers has a well-established reputation in the field of pensions law, due in large part to the late Edward Nugee QC, to whose memory these lectures are dedicated. The fields to be covered are members’ rights to information, certain complexities in the moral hazard regime, challenges relating to the PPF and trustees’ duties, and DB schemes on the decline curve.

All lectures will take place from 6.30pm – 7.30pm, at The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

Each lecture qualifies for 1.0 CPD

Booking Contact: Vanessa Hadebe (+44 (0) 207 306 0102)

Payment: £70 + VAT = £84.00 per lecture, or a discounted rate of £250 + VAT = £300 for all four lectures (1-4).



Members’ rights to information: data protection and disclosure issues for pension schemes
Tuesday 7 June
Paul Newman QC and Edward Sawyer

  • Data Protection Act 1998: issues raised by Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing [2016] 1 WLR 28
  • Access to the trustees’ legal advice
  • Confidentiality and trustee decision-making
  • Other rights to obtain information


What is reasonable: some complexities of the moral hazard regime:
Tuesday 14 June
Jonathan Evans QC, Andrew Mold and James McCreath

  • Quantification of relief and the relevance of gains
  • Contributions between targets
  • The insufficiently resourced and service company tests: when the obvious becomes elusive.


PPF entry and employers’ financial distress
Tuesday 21 June
Jonathan Hilliard QC and Tom Robinson

  • PPF Entry and “insolvency events”:
    – Changes made from June 2017 by the Recast EC Insolvency Regulation
    – The disparity between insolvency and insolvency events: beware the administration of the solvent employer
  • Trustees’ powers and duties in restructurings
  • Trustees duties at the end of a scheme’s life- how does the ITS v Hope idea of not taking inappropriate account of the PPF apply where PPF entry is in prospect?
  • Remaining problems on PPF eligibility- recent developments and remaining practical problems


DB schemes on the decline curve
Tuesday 28 June
Gary Squires of AlixPartners LLP and Robert Ham QC

  • When should stakeholders face up to the inevitable?
  • Conflicting duties of directors
  • The position of the Regulator and the PPF
  • Competing remedies under pensions and insolvency law

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