Peggy Hughes


Peggy leads the Pensions Law team within our Employment Law and Benefits team. She is an experienced pensions lawyer who has worked in-house and in private practice on pension law related matters.

Peggy has advised sponsoring employers, both Irish and multinational, trustees of pension schemes (both lay and professional) and individuals on a wide range of pensions-related issues including their respective obligations, duties and rights under the relevant law, service/contractual and pension scheme documentation. She regularly advises on the pensions aspects of corporate transactions.

Peggy has also advised on pensions law as applicable to insurance companies in relation to their pension products and related documentation.



  • Pensions Law and related issues

Representative Matters

  • Advised client on possible options/solutions for employees approaching maximum pension contribution limits.
  • Advised trustees in relation to employer approach to alter future accrual of benefits within a defined benefit scheme following withdrawal of wind-up notice.
  • Advised employer on the incorporation of different benefit structures for different categories of member of a defined benefit scheme and documented same along with other amendments. 


Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, 2017

“Quick to respond and has a good grasp of the technical aspects."

The Legal 500, 2017

Peggy provides ‘advice that leans on extensive industry experience’. 

Speaking Engagements & Teaching

  • Peggy regularly speaks at events on various aspects of pension practice and has conducted tutorials at the Law Society of Ireland on the pensions issues within Family Law.
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Areas of Expertise

Employment Law & Benefits Law Employee Incentives & Benefits Pensions

Professional Memberships

Member, Law Society of Ireland

Member and Former Council Member, Association of Pensions Lawyers in Ireland (APLI)

Former DC Committee Member, Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF)

Member, International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association (IPEBLA)

Committee Member, Connect Women in Pensions


University of Westminster London, LLB (Hons) (1995)

Law Society of Ireland, Diploma in Applied Finance Law (2004)