New transfer rules – have you applied them yet?

Having done our first post 1 October reviews of pension transfer cases this week, we spotted a misunderstanding of how the transitional period applies.

Cases we have looked at are still being charged on a contingent basis – all perfectly fine because they satisfied the criteria for the transitional rules … 

“Where a firm can demonstrate that clients that have agreed contingent charges terms before 1 October and started work before 1 October, the firm may charge contingently, provided a personal recommendation is given before 1 January 2021 (i.e. within 3 months of the ban being implemented)”

However, the suitability reports did not include the required one-page summary. The firm thought the transitional period applied across the board. It does not. It only applies in relation to the charging basis and the requirement to compare a workplace pension. Other new rules, including the requirement to have a one-page summary and the new CPD requirements for Pension Transfer Specialists, apply as from 1 October.


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