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Timberlake leaves in Standard shake-up

Standard Life head of media relations for life and pensions Peter Timberlake has left the firm after an internal restructure which meant his role was merged with another. Former head of corporate affairs for Standard Life Healthcare Paul Lynes takes on the newly created role of head of media and public affairs.

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Sore points

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ABI changes life and pension funds classification system

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Inheritance tax and estate planning – exemptions and reliefs

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