Peggy is an experienced pensions lawyer who has worked in-house and in private practice.
Peggy has worked with sponsoring employers, both Irish and multinational, professional pension service providers, trustees of pension schemes (both lay and professional) and individuals on a wide range of pensions-related issues. She has helped them consider/progress projects in accordance with their respective obligations, duties and rights under the relevant law, service/contractual and pension scheme documentation. She has advised on the pensions aspects of corporate transactions and has also worked with insurance companies in relation to their pension products and related documentation.
More recently Peggy has been appointed by various trustees to act as an independent expert under the terms of internal dispute resolution procedures. In these roles she has reviewed specific disputes and provided reports and commentary to facilitate resolution of the disputes and provided guidance on the future handling of disputes.
Pensions and related law
Provided trustee training including feed into specific training on compliance with GDPR.
Provided bespoke trustee advice in preparation for Pensions Authority audit meetings.
Acted as an independent expert to review the operation of pensions IDR process and to report back to the scheme trustees with suggestions for resolution and future dispute handling.
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.
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.
Drafted numerous pension scheme deeds and related documentation (both defined benefit and defined contribution) and consolidated and updated suites of pension scheme documentation for a number of pension schemes.
Advised numerous clients on the merger/amalgamation of pension schemes.
Advised on the establishment of cross border pension schemes and related issues.
Advised numerous clients, both trustee and employer, in relation to submission of funding proposals to the Pensions Authority including advising on related issues of benefit changes and applications to the Pensions Authority to reduce benefits pursuant to Section 50 of the Pensions Act.
Advised numerous clients, both trustee and employer, in relation to the winding up of defined benefit pension schemes and related issues of contribution demands, employer contractual matters and winding up priority issues as they arose. Drafting of related bespoke winding up funding agreements as necessary.
Advised the trustees of a number of defined benefit pension schemes in relation to the management of funding surpluses.
Advised on liability management exercises within defined benefit schemes including pensions increase exchanges and enhanced transfer values.
Advised on the pensions aspects of corporate transactions.
Provided bespoke pension trustee training.
"Great to work with, very pleasant, responsive and client-focused."
Peggy Hughes comes highly recommended for her “encyclopaedic knowledge of Irish pension law”.
“Quick to respond and has a good grasp of the technical aspects."
Peggy provides "advice that leans on extensive industry experience."
"She is a problem solver, and is very flexible in reviewing all the alternatives."
“Peggy is an exceptional professional who shows a degree of dedication to her clients' needs that surpasses expectation.”
Peggy has spoken at events on various aspects of pension practice, has conducted tutorials at the Law Society of Ireland on the pensions issues within Family Law. She has also lectured on the Law Society Certificate in Pensions Law course.
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)