Edward Hayes



Edward has been a partner at Sackers since 1996 and a pensions specialist since qualifying in 1989. Over this time he has built a strong specialist expertise and knowledge base in all aspects of pensions work. He has extensive experience of advising trustee boards and companies on a wide range of pension issues.

Edward is a trusted lead adviser to some of the largest schemes in the UK. He works closely with the Chairs of the Trustee Boards he advises, and can call upon over 30 years’ experience in pensions to address complex issues when they arise. He has particular experience of advising trustee boards on the impact of corporate change.

Recent work highlights include leading on negotiations relating to covenant protection due to a proposed restructuring, and working closely with another Trustee client in relation to the impact of a proposed joint venture, ultimately concluding successful negotiations to create an agreement covering the legal, funding and covenant structure going forward.

Memberships and Qualifications

Membership of professional bodies:
Association of Pension Lawyers (Full member and formerly an elected member of the Main Committee)

Career history

Qualified: 1989, England & Wales

Pensions experience since: 1989

Joined Sackers: 1996

Joined partnership/LLP: 1996

Employers: Nicholson Graham & Jones (1987-1996)

Academic history


University of Oxford (1983-1986)

Degree: MA in Law

Further Information


  • “Edward provides very strong analysis and very clear conclusions that enable us to reach decisions quickly and efficiently. He is also a pleasure to work with.” – Chambers UK 2023
  • “Edward is a great lawyer and makes pensions interesting. He’s definitely an expert among experts and he’s always great to work with.” – Chambers UK 2023
  • “Edward is always available, understands trustees’ questions and concerns, provides a balanced and comprehensive analysis of an issue, and then gives clear conclusions. He is a very calm and steady adviser and support for the trustees.” – Legal 500 2023
  • Edward Hayes advises on the pensions implications of large corporate transactions, in addition to scheme governance and structuring issues. He stands out for his knowledge of the issues faced by trustees.  “Edward is excellent. He’s knowledgeable and he communicates in plain, clear English.” – Chambers UK 2022
  • Edward Hayes draws praise from clients for his “calm and cheerful manner” and for being “very articulate.” He advises on the pensions implications of large corporate transactions, in addition to scheme governance and structuring issues – Chambers 2020

Extracurricular interests and activities:

Theatre, football, just pottering about.