Peter Murphy > Sacker & Partners LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Sacker & Partners LLP
20 GRESHAM STREET
LONDON
EC2V 7JE
England
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Work Department

Pensions litigation.

Position

Peter is head of Pensions & Investment Litigation and has over 20 years’ litigation experience, 17 of those solely dealing with pensions-related disputes.

Since their inception in 2005, Peter has been at the cutting edge of the development of the Pensions Regulator’s enforcement powers (often in an insolvency or ‘distressed’ environment). 

Peter’s practice also includes high value High Court litigation such as: claims seeking rectification and other declaratory relief; investment-related claims involving pension schemes; and professional negligence claims (acting for both claimants and defendants).

Recent High Court cases in which Peter has acted include: ITV, Europe Arab Bank, and Citifinancial Europe – all of which concerned rectification of pension scheme documentation, obtained by summary judgment and/or by court-approved compromise; Halcrow – known as Pollock v Reed, a test case concerning trustees’ powers and propriety in a benefit restructuring situation; and United Utilities – enforcement of a disputed section 75 debt.

Peter also has significant experience of mediation, largely in the professional negligence context.

Career

Qualified:1996, Queensland, Australia; 2003, England & Wales

Pensions experience since: 2000

Joined Sackers: 2000

Joined partnership/LLP: 2006

Employers: Deacons, Australia (1996-1999)

Memberships

Association Pension Lawyers (Full Member)

Education

Queensland University of Technology (1993 LLB); University of Queensland (1998 Postgrad Dip Applied Economics); College of Law of England and Wales (2003 Qualified Lawyers’ Transfer Test).

Leisure

Golf and tennis.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution

(Hall of Fame)

Peter MurphySacker & Partners LLP

‘First rate’ pensions firm Sacker & Partners LLP has ushered in a new era, with David Saunders , who is praised for his ‘calm and balanced’ approach taking over from Ian Pittaway as head of the non-contentious team.The firm is well known for its risk-transfer practice, and represented more than quarter of the £30bn market in bulk annuity transactions. An expert in scheme management, the firm also acts for a significant number of the UK’s top 200 schemes, including household name clients. Janet Brown is a lead partner for several of the firm’s major DB and DC clients. Leading on ESG issues in the sector, Edward Hayes and Fuat Sami advises trustees on corporate change and covenant protection complex restructuring projects. Litigation expert Peter Murphy leads the contentious arm of the practice which specialises in handling complex claims in the High Court and beyond, as well as regulatory investigations, indexation disputes, deed interpretation and professional negligence claims . Other recommended lawyers in this team include James BinghamArshad Khan, and well regarded Aaron Dunning-Foreman.

London > Employment > Pensions (non-contentious)

Premier pensions firm Sacker & Partners LLP has ushered in a new era, with David Saunders , who is praised for his ‘calm and balanced’ approach taking over from Ian Pittaway as head of the non-contentious team.The firm is well known for its risk-transfer practice, and represented more than quarter of the £30bn market in bulk annuity transactions. An expert in scheme management, the firm also acts for a significant number of the UK’s top 200 schemes, including household name clients. Janet Brown is a lead partner for several of the firm’s major DB and DC clients. Leading on ESG issues in the sector, Edward Hayes and Fuat Sami advises trustees on corporate change and covenant protection complex restructuring projects. Litigation expert Peter Murphy leads the contentious arm of the practice which specialises in handling complex claims in the High Court and beyond, as well as regulatory investigations, indexation disputes, deed interpretation and professional negligence claims . Other recommended lawyers in this team include James Bingham, Arshad Khan, and well regarded ‘No.2’ Aaron Dunning-Foreman.