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Restructuring & Insolvency Professionals 

Welcome to the Restructuring & Insolvency webpage.  Here you will find information to help you prepare a restructuring proposal and comply with the statutory requirements following an insolvency event.  We have also included our Restructuring & Insolvency (“R&I”) Guidance notes for insolvency practitioners (“IPs”) which explain our approach to key insolvency areas.

Following a qualify insolvency event the creditor rights previously held by the trustees vest in the PPF by operation of law.  Accordingly, it is vitally important that the IP notifies us of the insolvency event as soon as possible preferably using the online service (this must be done by law within 14 days of appointment or becoming aware of a pension scheme in any event).  The link to the portal is below along with the other forms that the IP will need to report on whether the pension scheme can be recused or not.

The R&I team welcomes direct and early engagement with IPs and restructuring professionals.  We are happy to discuss issues arising in situations where a restructuring or insolvency is likely or has occurred.  All conversations will be treated in strict confidence and we are prepared to enter into discussions initially on a “no names” basis.  Please feel free to give us a call or email.

PPF Restructuring & Insolvency Team Mission Statement
The team exists to minimise the call on Levy payers by maximising the return the pension scheme / PPF receives as a creditor of an insolvent or inevitably insolvent employer.  We aim to achieve this through proactive engagement with our stakeholders and by providing education & feedback to assist in the understanding of the goals of the PPF and how it will meet its objectives.


Team Details

 Malcolm Weir

 Head of Team

 020 8633 4940

 Kevin Dolan

 Senior Case Manager

 020 8633 4998

 Mark Allen

 Case Manager

 020 8633 5823

 Mike Reavill

 Case Manager

 020 8633 6627



Guidance for IPs

Guidance is provided for IPs to assist them with discharging their obligations under the legislation and ensuring that the requirements of the PPF met in making restructuring proposals and on the conduct of insolvencies.

 Link to Guidance  Outline of Contents

Guidance for Insolvency Practitioners and Official Receivers


General guidance on the action to be taken following an insolvency event.  It also explains the role of the PPF in restructurings & insolvencies and how to deal with pensioners & employees.

Restructuring and Insolvency - the PPF Approach

An overview of how and why the PPF enters restructuring and rescue deals which summarises the principles we use to make our decisions.

R&I Guidance Note 1 - IP remuneration and related matters

Guidance IPs should consider before submitting proposals or other fee requests.


R&I Guidance Note 2 - Pre–packaged administrations

An explanation of the approach adopted by the PPF where a pre-packaged administration is proposed or has occurred.

R&I Guidance Note 3 –
Potential legal actions contemplated by insolvency practitioners

This guidance note explains the approach adopted by the Board of the Pension Protection Fund (“PPF”) when asked by insolvency office holders (“IP”) to consider the merits of, or approve the instigation of, legal action. It also sets out how the PPF will view a defence to legal action.


IP Notifications

Section 120 Notice

  • Information on the Section 120 notice procedure and online submission can be found by clicking on our online notification service.  If the response received is ‘no results returned’, please take this as confirmation that the employer details entered do not have a scheme eligible for an assessment period.
  • If you are aware of a defined benefit scheme being associated with this employer and it is not showing in your search, please submit a paper S120 notice from the section below.
  • If you are unsure or have any queries regarding the Section 120 notice please contact us on 0845 600 2541.

Section 122 Notices

  • IPs are also required, under Section 122 of the Pensions Act, to inform the PPF about the status of pension schemes.  More information can be found in our general Guidance document and the forms to use are below.



Paper Notification Forms

 Link to Form  Purpose

Section 120 Insolvency Event Notice


Notification to the required parties of an insolvency event if the online notification service is not used.

Section 122 Scheme Failure Pension Scheme Status Notice

Notification that the scheme cannot be rescued with a brief explanation of the underlying reasons.

Section 122  Withdrawal Notice Pension Scheme Status Notice (Scheme Rescue)

Notification that the scheme has been rescued and a brief explanation of how this has been achieved.

Section 122 Ceasing to Act Pension Scheme Status Notice

Notification that the insolvency proceedings have come to an end without it being determined whether the scheme can be rescued, including a brief explanation of why it has not been possible to reach a conclusion.