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This live virtual talk, hosted by Saul Margo, saw David Fairs cover topics such as the new criminal offences contained in section 107 of the Act, including the concept of “reasonable excuse”, as well as the impact that the pandemic has had and will continue to have on the exercise of TPR’s enforcement powers.
After a brief introduction to the Act from David, Saul posed a number of questions by guests in attendance. This Q&A session proved very popular and many questions were answered during the event, providing some useful guidance to pensions practitioners around the country. Watch the recording on-demand below to hear what David had to say. David has also written a blog in this subject, available here.
David Fairs was appointed Executive Director of Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice on 2 July 2018, having previously been a senior partner in KPMG’s Pension Practice. He is responsible for the development of policy for TPR and has oversight of TPR’s professional advisers including lawyers, actuaries, investment advisers and business analysts.
He is co-chair of TPR’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and a member of the cross-Government Portfolio Committee overseeing the introduction of the Pensions Dashboard. He is the responsible Executive for climate change and ESG within TPR and a member of HM Treasury’s TCFD Senior Steering Board, the Stakeholder Stewardship Working Group, the Working Group on Productive Finance and the Climate Financial Risk Forum. He is also a member of the Joint Forum for Actuarial Regulation and chairs the Pensions Working Group.
David is a former Chairman of the Association of Consulting Actuaries and Director of the Association of Consulting Actuaries Limited, a former Council member of the International Actuarial Association and the inaugural Chairman of the Joint Industry Forum for Workplace Pensions. He was also a Council member of the Society of Pension Consultants and a former Chairman of the Actuaries Club.
David is also Chair of the Genomics Development Board for Sarcoma UK, an advisory Board member of the Association for Business Psychologists and the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Essex University and a Governor of the Pensions Policy Institute.
Saul Margo specialises in pensions and employment, as well as professional negligence claims relating to pension schemes.
His pensions practice encompasses both pure pensions litigation and advisory work with his litigation experience including Part 8, professional negligence and rectification claims.
Additionally, Saul is in demand for his specialist knowledge of cross-over pensions and employment work having been instructed in the litigation relating to the judges pensions scheme, the police pension scheme, sexual orientation discrimination claims relating to the Teachers’ pension scheme and the Supreme Court case of Williams v Trustees of Swansea University Pension Scheme and another  1 WLR 93 (a discrimination claim relating to ill health retirement benefits).
His employment work covers both pension and employment cross-over work as well as the full range of employment disputes. He has extensive experience of appellate advocacy in the EAT and has appeared numerous times in the Court of Appeal.
To find out more about our pensions expertise, visit our expertise page, or contact our Pensions Practice Management Team: Matt Sale on +44 (0)20 7427 4910 or Peter Foad on +44 (0)20 7427 0807 or call us on +44 (0)20 7353 6381 for a confidential discussion.