Edward Hayes



Edward 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.

He is Chief Executive of the partnership’s independent trustee company (ITL), which gives him a particular insight into the issues faced by pension scheme trustees.

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 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
  • Edward Hayes advises both companies and trustees on the full range of pensions matters. Clients say: “He is very friendly and approachable and he explains things very well” – Chambers UK 2019
  • Edward Hayes is “very efficient and personable” and that “he always provides advice which is clear and to the point” – Chambers UK 2018
  • Edward Hayes impresses with his “sound judgement” and ability to “explain his views well.” He advises both trustee boards and companies on the full spectrum of pensions issues – Chambers UK 2017
  • Ranked lawyer in Legal 500 2016
  • Edward Hayes advises trustees and employers on the full range of pensions law matters. He acts for a number of high-profile clients, and is described by interviewees as “pragmatic” and “good to work with.” – Chambers UK 2016
  • Edward Hayes, who is a “great partner and great advert for the entire firm” – ranked lawyer Legal 500 2015
  • Edward Hayes “He is very clear, considered, and knows what he is talking about,” according to market sources – Chambers UK 2015

Extracurricular interests and activities:

Theatre, football, just pottering about.