Ms Eleanor Cunningham > McCann FitzGerald LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

McCann FitzGerald LLP

Work Department

Pensions and Incentives


Eleanor is a Partner and Head of the Pensions & Incentives Group. She is responsible for advising financial institutions, semi-state bodies, companies, trustees, committees and employees on various pension plans, employee share plans and other incentive plans.

Her practice includes advising international and domestic clients in both the private and public sectors. Relevant experience includes advising on a range of pension issues including scheme restructuring, liability management exercises, benefit design, trustee governance, scheme amendments, dealing with funding deficits and funding proposals, mergers, scheme wind-ups and the impact of pensions and other relevant legislation regarding pensions schemes and their operation.

She also regularly advises on the establishment, amendment, governance and administration of defined contribution schemes and the pensions and incentives aspects of various commercial transactions. Eleanor advises on both Revenue approved tax efficient employee shares schemes and on unapproved employee share schemes and other incentive plans working closely with our Tax Group.

She is Chairman of the Association of Pension Lawyers in Ireland and Chair of the Irish ProShare Association and Chair of its Pensions Sub-Committee. Eleanor also sits on the Irish Association of Pension Fund’s DC Sub-Committee, and is a member of the UK Association of Pension Lawyers. She lectures on the Law Society’s Pensions Law Diploma.


Qualified in 2011


BCL (University College Dublin), LLM (University College Dublin), BCL (Oxford University)

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Pensions and employee benefits

(Next Generation Partners)

Eleanor CunninghamMcCann FitzGerald LLP

Led by Eleanor Cunningham, McCann FitzGerald LLP‘s team advises on pension litigation, GDPR-related breaches and complaints both before the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman. Clients include multi-national corporate organisations, major domestic bodies, state and semi-state entities, SMEs and start-ups. In addition, it also advises on pension issues arising from Covid –19 such as scheme funding and governance, pension scheme benefits and accrual and death in service benefits. Consultant Catherine Austin has extensive expertise in the pensions aspects of M&A, IPOs and transfers of employees under TUPE.