Ms Catherine Austin > McCann FitzGerald LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

McCann FitzGerald LLP

Work Department

Pensions and incentives


Catherine is a Consultant in our Employment, Pensions and Incentives Group. She has extensive experience advising employers and trustees on the establishment and operation of occupational pension schemes including advising on: entitlements to pension scheme membership; member nominated trustee elections; dispute resolution; Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman investigations; Pensions Authority audits and investigations; negotiation of funding agreements and funding proposals and administration queries relating to pension adjustment orders, death in service benefits and dependants’ entitlements.

Her practice also includes advising on the pensions aspects of mergers and acquisitions, pension scheme restructurings, the negotiation of scheme funding agreements, including novel contingent asset use, and funding proposals, including benefit reduction proposals to the Pensions Authority, and scheme wind-ups.

Catherine has particular expertise in the negotiation of investment management agreements and agreements governing relationships with service providers including the GDPR related aspects of such agreements. She advises public sector and private sector clients on the potential impact of proposed pension policy and legislative changes.


Qualified in 2004


BA (University College Dublin), Higher Diploma in Business (Michael Smurfit School UCD), MA (Dublin City University)

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Ireland > Pensions and employee benefits

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.