I lead our Pensions Litigation team and have over 20 years’ experience of litigation involving the pensions industry. I am ranked as a leading lawyer for pensions litigation by both Chambers and Legal 500.

I provide clients with practical and proactive advice to get the best outcome for them in the circumstances. My practice covers all aspects of pensions litigation including:

  • High Court trustee applications
  • contentious regulatory investigations and proceedings
  • investment-related claims involving pension schemes
  • professional negligence claims
  • Pensions Ombudsman complaints.

Recent experience

  • advising in relation to claims arising from the LDI crisis
  • acting for claimants in a complex and high value professional liability claim, including successfully defeating an application to strike out on time-bar grounds
  • rectification of pension scheme documentation, obtained by summary judgment and/or by court-approved compromise
  • acting for a Representative Beneficiary in highly complex proceedings regarding the validity of benefit changes purportedly made over decades in a large, industry-wide, multi-employer scheme.

Qualified: 1996, Queensland, Australia
2003, England and Wales

Joined Sackers: 2000

Made partner: 2006


“Peter is extremely considered and poised. He is the Rolls-Royce of litigators.” Chambers UK

“Peter is one of the top pensions litigators out there. He’s hugely experienced in both litigation and pensions law and he’s extremely thorough, a superb strategist and a great team player.” Chambers UK

“He’s an experienced professional who can present complex matters in a clear concise way and is pragmatic on solutions.” Chambers UK

“Peter Murphy is one of the top partners is this field.” Legal 500

“Peter Murphy is pragmatic and solutions-driven. He is always calm and assured in the way he supports his clients and deals with other parties – Peter is a pleasure to work with.” Legal 500