Pensions on Divorce – The Essential Guide for Family Lawyers

BPP Professional Education


£626.40 inc VAT
Study method
1 Day, Full-time
6 CPD points / hours
Additional info
  • Tutor is available to students

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Location & dates

Venue may change up to 14-days before the course start date
BPP University, St James Building, 79 Oxford Street


SRA Competence

B, C


Pensions on divorce is a difficult area which many practitioners find challenging. In many cases a pension is the most significant and valuable financial asset, after the family home, to be dealt with on divorce. The new state pension system and pension freedoms have a major impact on how family lawyers advise their clients in relation to dealing with pension arrangements on divorce.

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opics covered on this course include :

    • Introduction to the UK pension landscape
    • Key features of different types of pension arrangements:
      • Private sector defined benefit schemes
      • Public sector defined benefit schemes
      • Defined contribution schemes
      • State pension scheme
    • Pension freedoms and flexibility – what this means for family lawyers in the advice process
    • Valuation of pension rights:
      • cash equivalent transfer values and alternative calculations
      • instructing pension experts – key questions
      • interpreting and understanding calculations and data
    • Pension sharing, offsetting and attachment orders – understanding the differences when advising clients
    • The top ten pitfalls to avoid as a family lawyer when dealing with divorce and pension sharing

Under the SRA’s new approach to continuing competence, solicitors are expected to use the Statement of Solicitor Competence to identify and address their learning and development needs. The competence statement requires the following competencies:

  • A - Ethics, professionalism and judgement
  • B - Technical legal practice
  • C - Working with other people
  • D - Managing themselves and their own work

Who is this course for?

Solicitors and legal executives in family law departments who want to know the fundamentals.

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