Philippa Connaughton

Partner

About

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/College:

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

Degree: LLB (Hons) – Law degree


Further Information

Testimonials:

  • Philippa Connaughton 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 Connaughton 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
  • Incredibly helpful and very commercial” – Legal 500 2014
  • Philippa Connaughton “wins glowing praise from peers and clients for her work with companies, investors and trustees. One source states: ‘Her advice has been exceptional.'” – Chambers UK 2014
  • ‘knowledgeable’, ‘helpful‘ and ‘approachable’” – Chambers UK 2013
  • very good technically, but also practical and commercial” – Legal 500, 2011
  • impresses trustee and employer clients alike” – Legal 500 2009