Client feedback


I wanted to look at the effectiveness of our trustee board, so Gillian, our PSGS scheme secretary, provided their trustee self-assessment tool to help me gather thoughts and opinions from others on the board. The tool was extremely easy to use and asked all the right questions to help me collect the information I needed as Trustee Chair. It is a great example of the way PSGS shares knowledge with their clients and makes dealing with key governance issues easy. As well as enabling me to meet one of the Regulator’s 21st century trusteeship requirements, using the tool has flagged trustee training needs and ways we could improve trustee meetings further.
Claire Silvester,
Vector Aerospace
In any major corporate transaction, time is of the essence. PSGS's 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
So much more proactive than the previous company. On the ball - thinking in advance of things needing doing - very proactive.
Paul Rudd ,
Chairman of Trustees, Express Newspaper
The work that has been done has been delivered beyond expectations.
Head of Trustee Services
Highly informative. Having leading professionals deliver the TKU course really adds value.
Jonathan Williams ,
Bangor University
The Trustee Training course is very good. Excellent coverage of material presented in an easy-to-digest manner and quality of presentation by both presenters.
Jonathan Williams ,
Bangor University
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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's 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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