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Pension scams are not new but are growing in number and constantly evolving. Thankfully, after a slow start the wheels in motion to combat the scammers are starting to pick up speed.

It seems as if the SIPP sector has been waiting for the judgments on a number of court cases in recent years. As we get clarity on one, we still await another and these can have implications for not only how a SIPP firm operates, but on advisers and their clients.

I last wrote about Mrs Staveley in my blog of June 2019, and the name will be familiar to many. Mrs Staveley passed away back in December 2006 having transferred her pension just a few weeks earlier while in full knowledge of her terminal illness.

July felt like an incredibly busy month. Aside from the continued juggle of home schooling alongside the day job, consultations have been coming at us thick and fast.

The recent judgment in the HMRC v SIPPchoice case, published in May, was in relation to tax relief on in-specie contributions. This case has been ongoing for a number of years and it would appear that we finally have resolution.

It’s been a few years now since the words “holiday”, “property” and “SIPPs” were commonly found together.

When SIPPs were in their infancy they were largely a niche product reserved for the most affluent, small business owners and entrepreneurs.

As the UK moves into the 7th week of lockdown and the world has changed beyond all recognition, it has also been a time of reflection.

The recent news that the withdrawal charge for Lifetime ISAs (LISA) was being dropped from 25% to 20% was very welcome and a pragmatic move by the Treasury.

It will be no surprise to those of you that know me, or at least read some of my blogs last autumn, that I’m not the biggest fan of default investment pathways, especially when it comes to SIPPs, and most definitely when advisers are involved.

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