Peggy Hughes


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

Representative Matters

  • 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.


Legal 500, 2021

Peggy is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’.

Chambers & Partners, 2021

‘Peggy has experience in a range of topics, handling pension scheme updates and advising on the pensions aspects of M&A transactions’.

Speaking Engagements & Teaching

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.

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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)