Catherine advises employers and trustees on the establishment and operation of occupational pension schemes including advising on: entitlement to pension scheme membership; member nominated trustee elections; dispute resolution; payment of pension levy and or PRD; benefit reductions and administration queries relating to pension adjustment orders and dependants’ entitlements. Catherine has developed considerable expertise in public sector pensions.
Catherine advises on scheme restructurings: moving from defined benefit scheme provision to CARE, hybrid, or defined contribution scheme provision and assists with negotiation of scheme funding proposals including proposals and agreements involving section 50 applications to the Pensions Authority – and scheme wind-ups. Catherine also has particular expertise in the negotiation of investment management agreements including fiduciary management agreements on behalf of trustees and negotiation of agreements governing relationships with service providers.
She works closely with the Employment Group on the pension provisions of contracts of employment, resolution of pension disputes and negotiation of settlement agreements. Catherine is a past Chairman of the Association of Pension Lawyers in Ireland (APLI) and is the author of the pensions chapter of the Arthur Cox Employment Yearbook (all editions).