The decision of HHJ Lord Meston QC (pictured) (sitting as a deputy High Court judge) inWS v WS EWHC 3941 (Fam) provides a considered overview of offsetting pensions in financial remedy orders. This is an area of family work where there is precious little guidance and a diversity of views.
This case provides a helpful summary but it does involve a big money case where needs were already met by the other assets in the case.
A pension sharing order was not an option in the present case as such an order would take the husband well over the lifetime allowance with severe taxation consequences. The agreed approach was an offsetting lump sum, although the issue in dispute was the level of that lump sum.