Philippa Connaughton



Philippa deals with all aspects of pensions advice to employers and trustees of both defined benefit and defined contribution arrangements, large and small. Her work covers drafting scheme documentation, advising on scheme mergers and demergers, negotiating public to private sector outsourcing contracts and providing corporate strategy advice around managing defined benefit liabilities.

Philippa frequently advises on the pensions aspects of corporate acquisitions, disposals and internal reorganisations and is a member of the team that provides transactional support services to other law firms.

Philippa is a regular speaker for the PLSA, currently running Part 2 of their Practical Trustee Training course and Module 5 (managing change in workplace pensions) of the PLSA’s Pensions Certificate Programme.

Memberships and Qualifications

Membership of professional bodies:
Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute
Association of Pension Lawyers (Full Member)
Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association

Career history

Qualified: 1995, England & Wales

Pensions experience since: 1995

Joined Sackers: 2016

Joined partnership/LLP: 2016

Employers: Rowe & Maw (1993-1997)
Linklaters (1997-2010)
RPC (2010-2015)

Academic history


University of Sheffield (1989-1991)
College of Law, Chester (1992)

Degree: LLB (Hons) – Law degree

Further Information


  • “She’s a really trusted adviser and has been hugely valuable and supportive on some key commercial issues.” – Chambers 2023
  • Philippa Connaughton assists clients with a wide variety of issues concerning their defined benefit and defined contribution schemes.  “She is technically skilled and a good negotiator.” “She understands the commercial aspects alongside the legal points.” – Chambers UK 2022
  • Clients say “She knows her stuff, is easy to work with and is responsive.” – Chambers UK 2021
  • Philippa Connaughton assists clients with a wide variety of issues concerning their defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Clients praise her ability “to provide solid help in dealing with both an aggressive regulator and complex insolvency issues” – Chambers UK 2020
  • Philippa Connaughton advises on the implications arising for defined benefit and defined contribution schemes from corporate transactions, outsourcing and liability management – Chambers UK 2019
  • Philippa is a respected practitioner assisting major clients on the full array of pensions matters – Chambers UK 2018
  • Philippa has impressed market sources with her proactive attitude and expertise in corporate acquisitions and restructurings. She regularly advises trustees and employers on mergers, outsourcing contracts and liabilities – Chambers UK 2017
  • Ranked lawyer in Legal 500 2016
  • Philippa regularly advises both employers and trustees on an array of complex pensions issues. Sources say: “She is very bright and very practical. She is never fazed by anything” – Chambers UK 2016
  • Philippa Connaughton “is praised for her experience, technical knowledge and commercial approach” – Legal 500 2015