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Arthur Cox
D02 T380

Work Department

Employment: Pensions


Philip Smith is a partner and specialises in Pensions Law and Charity Law. Philip holds practising certificates in both Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Philip advises on all aspects of pension schemes both in advising trustees and employers on day to day administration, restructuring, funding, investment, governance, regulatory compliance, disputes, merger, amendment and in relation to corporate transactions. He is a former Chair of the Association of Pension Layers in Ireland and a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Pensions Management.

As coordinating partner of Arthur Cox’s Charity Law Group, he advises on the issues affecting charitable and not-for-profit organisations and their Directors/Trustees including advice on governance, regulatory compliance investigations, Revenue aspects mergers, restructurings, cy-pres, wind-up, trust law and fundraising. He is co-author, with Professor Oonagh Breen of UCD, of the Law of Charities in Ireland.


Admitted as a solicitor in Northern Ireland, 2006
Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 1999
Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales (non-practising), 1994


Former Chairman of the Association of Pension Lawyers in Ireland (APLI)
Member of Association of Pensions Lawyers (the UK organisation)
Fellow and former Council member of the Irish Institute of Pensions Management
Member of UK Charity Law Association
Member of the firm’s CSR Advisory Board


BA, 1990, Oxford University.

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Pensions and employee benefits

(Hall of Fame)

Philip SmithArthur Cox

Arthur Cox’s team advises a wide range of trustees of pension schemes and corporate entities on benefit redesign, funding negotiations, restructuring and mergers of benefit schemes, among other matters. It also assists with issues arising from IORPS II Directive requirements. Philip Smith, who leads the practice, advises both trustees and employers on administration, restructuring, mergers, investment, governance, and corporate transactions. Sarah McCague advises on the management of funding deficit issues, the merger of pension schemes, scheme amendments and changes in the Pensions Act and in tax and finance legislation.