Blake Morgan's Pensions Conference - What is happening in the world of pensions?
This is a question that many of us continue to ask, and in this year's Blake Morgan Pensions Conference, we will try to provide at least some of the answers.
Once again we will be hosting:
- the Blake Morgan Wales Pensions Conference in our Cardiff office on Thursday 21 September; and
- the Blake Morgan Southern Pensions Conference in our New Kings Court Chandlers Ford office on Wednesday 11 October.
and, once again this year we are collaborating with Quantum Advisory to bring you a wide range of subjects that continue to have an impact across all stakeholders – members, employers, trustees, regulators, Government, etc.
Since our Conferences last year in June in Cardiff and in November in Southampton, the economic and political landscape has continued to shift in ways that have surprised many people and organisations. This uncertain backdrop looks likely to continue for some time yet with Brexit just one of the unknowns that we have to contend with.
In the Conference we will look back at what has happened, and what effects this has had so far, look forward to things that we know are coming, and most importantly look at some of the options for dealing with what we know and some options for protecting against some of the unknowns.
Here is a flavour of what we will cover on the day (subject of course to any developments in the interim):
- Setting the scene – I will take a look back over the last 18 months or so at some key moments and events, with particular focus on those that have affected, or will affect, UK pension arrangements
- Stuart Price of Quantum will then look at some of the issues affecting liabilities, including some recent mortality analysis, and some other data that suggests at least a slowdown in mortality improvements, some more insight into recent high profile cases such as BHS, British Steel and Hoover and the most recent developments in liability management generally
- Ron Burgess and Rupert Graham-Evans from Blake Morgan will then look at the developing legal and regulatory landscape – with court cases continuing to impact on schemes, proposed strengthening of TPR powers, and some indications of a more interventionist approach from the regulators, and also General Data Protection Regulation which comes into force next year
- Amanda Burdge from Quantum will then look at the latest developments on asset management and advice, including the FCA review, latest developments on LDI strategies and tools, including accessibility for smaller schemes
- We will also look forward to what may be coming our way, and suggest ways in which the increasing burden of pension scheme management and governance can be improved in the future
As always there will be plenty of time for questions and continued discussions.
Registration will commence from 9.30 am and the Conference will close by about 12.15 pm with a buffet lunch to follow.
We very much hope that you will be able to attend the Conference in Cardiff or Southampton.