In a landmark judgment on 26 October, the High Court ruled in the Lloyds case - saying pensions provided to members who had contracted-out of their scheme must be recalculated to ensure payments reflect the equalisation of normal retirement ages in the 1990s.

Yet, while the decision provides some clarity, it could also herald the beginning of a costly and complex process for schemes.

Indeed, the High Court did not prescribe a route for the equalisation – noting that a number of different methods were available for schemes to use.

The court also ruled arrears must be paid, with no limitation period effective and interest applied at 1% over the Bank of England base rate - and this must be taken into account when calculating the difference between GMPs.

This webinar looks at what the Lloyds judgment means for schemes and assesses what action they should be taking now.

It will also ask if there is a way to simplify equalisation for schemes and whether or not trustees need to take any action on things like past transfers out and also buy-in policies they already have in place.

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James Phillips

Senior Correspondent, Professional Pensions

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James Phillips is senior correspondent at Professional Pensions. He joined the magazine in 2016 as a correspondent and primarily covers the law and regulation beat, including the landmark Lloyds Banking Group judgment in October 2018, and the European Court of Justice’s ruling on Pension Protection Fund compensation in September 2018.

James was in November 2018 named the Society of Pension Professionals’ trade pensions journalist of the year and, in May, gold winner for business and specialist trade journalists at MHP’s 30 to Watch awards.

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Maurice Titley

Director, ITM

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Maurice has worked in financial services specialising in corporate pensions for the last 22 years, including roles at Watson Wyatt and most recently Punter Southall, where he was principal in charge of administration systems development. A Microsoft Certified Professional with experience in software architecture and systems integration, Maurice is the director responsible for pensions technical matters and is a regular speaker at pension industry events.

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Geraldine Brassett

Client Relationship Director, Capita Employee Benefits

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As well as providing strategic direction to her own portfolio of large third party administration clients, Geraldine also provides support on broader client initiatives such as the analysis, client impact and implementation of legislative and market changes. Geraldine has a wide experience of all aspects of administration from both an in house and third party perspective and has extensive technical knowledge and practical experience covering benefits delivery, governance and management. Geraldine is an FPMI and is also a member of the PMI Qualifications, Examinations and Assessment Committee; she chairs the Pension Administration Standards Association (PASA) Industry Policy Committee and also chairs their working groups responsible for producing guidance in relation to Guaranteed Minimum Pensions, data and Pensions Dashboard.

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Richard Gibson

Partner, Barnett Waddingham

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Richard Gibson is a qualified actuary, advising pension scheme trustees and corporate sponsors on managing the risk exposure within pension arrangements. Richard provides a full range of services to pension scheme trustees including valuations, longevity analysis, review of actuarial factors and ongoing financial management and governance. He has a keen understanding of the needs and commercial considerations of corporates when it comes to managing their pension obligations. He is praised by trustee boards for his pragmatic approach, cutting through to focus on the advice that matters to trustees and to member outcomes.

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Lynda Whitney

Partner, Aon

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Lynda is a Scheme Actuary with over 20 years industry experience. She covers a wide brief across both technical and non-technical areas. Her role in relation to GMP Equalisation has been supporting the Aon expert witnesses to explain the complexities of GMP Equalisation to the rest of the pensions industry.

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