Client feedback


​They are very proactive and full of new ideas, they've brought better scheduling and better minute sets.
Paul Rudd,
Express Newspapers
Many organisations and people provide the services that clients need. In my opinion, the differentiator is in the way those services are provided and to that extent, Kathy embodies the qualities that I have come to value from PSITL. Kathy is organised but not fussy; diligent but not dogmatic; persistent without being pushy and compliant in a pragmatic way. Whilst she takes ownership and drives issues forward, Kathy is a team player who uses her and her colleagues experience to provide services to her trustee client whilst working closely with those like me representing the sponsoring employer. She works collaboratively with advisers but constructively challenges the scope of services, fees and service standards whenever necessary and makes sure that member needs are always taken into account. I enjoy working with her and trust that she will deliver what is required by the trustee and the members they represent in a manner satisfactory to the sponsoring employer.
Stuart Barker,
Internal Pensions Consultant, RSPCA
It’s a pleasure working with key members of the PSGS team: their experience and leadership means that they know how to get the job done, working in partnership with fellow trustees, employers and advisers to achieve the best result for members.
Mark Smith,
Partner at Taylor Wessing
In any major corporate transaction, time is of the essence. PSGS' pragmatic commercial approach helped us manage the pensions aspects of our group re-structure to ensure a positive outcome for all parties.
David Wilman,
CFO at Survitec Group
They have helped us save much more and created a cohesive plan to de-risk whilst building an integrated pension team.
Sally-Anne Borrill,
T-Systems
​Ian has added more value than we thought he would at the start… which shows it pays to go with someone who is doing the job of a professional trustee as their bread and butter.
Katherine Breading,
Tyser
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Clearance applications

Whether you’re undergoing a corporate transaction or another event could affect your DB pension scheme, obtaining a Pensions Regulator clearance statement is rarely a straightforward process.


There are many situations where you may consider using the Pensions Regulator’s clearance process - especially those that may be of material detriment to your defined benefit (DB) pension scheme and its member. These include:

  • a change in the pension scheme sponsoring employer's financial status or weakening of the employer covenant - caused by events such as a return of capital, share buy backs, changes in the level of security for creditors, sale and leaseback transactions etc
  • pension scheme funding and pension deficit reduction negotiations
  • corporate transactions - including merger, acquisition and divestiture, as well as dealing with proposed compromise arrangements
  • group re-structure, merger of employers or replacement of a participating employer
  • pension scheme amendments - such as changes to the level of future benefit accrual
  • pension scheme mergers
  • introducing a new pensions investment strategy
  • phoenix events following sponsoring employer insolvency

Typically, when a Pensions Regulator clearance application is being made, pension trustees and the scheme sponsor are likely to be in a position of disagreement and potential conflict. PSGS' experience as professional independent trustees, and trained mediators, together with our close working relationship with the Pensions Regulator, mean we can steer you through the clearance process and come to agreement quickly and efficiently, no matter how complex your situation is.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you with your Pensions Regulator clearance application, please contact us.

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James Double

Head of Trusteeship

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