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Penny Cogher

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Biography

Penny has considerable experience in all pension matters, with a particular focus on advising companies, international firms and their pension trustees, on their UK pension arrangements. Penny also has extensive experience of advising charities on their pension arrangements and high net worth individuals on the 2015 pension flexibilities. 

Recent highlights:

  • Advising on merging and de-merging schemes and putting in place flexible apportionment arrangements to achieve this.
  • Advising trustees on a trivial commutation exercise following the new pension tax changes.
  • Negotiating an impaired life buy in for a scheme’s pensioners.
  • Advising a group on its migration to Cyprus and the appropriate mitigation to its pension scheme.
  • Advising employers on putting in place contingent asset arrangements.
  • Advising on UK tax compliance for QROPS following the April 2015 pension tax changes. 
  • Advising on a company’s life assurance and excepted life assurance arrangements. 

Market View:

"The 'amazingly good' Penny Cogher of Irwin Mitchell has strong experience advising companies and trustees on a broad range of pensions matters." – Chambers & Partners 2016

“Penny Cogher’s advice is always well thought out and she has an excellent grasp of pension legislation” - Chambers & Partners 2014

“Penny Cogher provides practical advice based on solid knowledge of the client’s industry and the relevant areas of the law, while taking into account business needs - Legal 500 2013

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 30/10/2018
    Comment On The Budget From Penny Cogher, Pensions Partner At Irwin Mitchell

    "All the changes are very modest and non -controversial – no rocking the boat this year. In some ways it is helpful that the industry has not been subject to the constant change that it has seen in previous years and we are relieved nothing more was done to restrict pension allowances. Budget 2018 will go down as the year the industry was given a rest by the Chancellor."

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  • 30/01/2018
    UK Pension Schemes Would Benefit From A Move To CPI Indexation Say Pensions Lawyers

    "It seems incongruous to have one rule for public sector pension funds and another rule for many company DB schemes, purely because of the precise wording of their rules. If the Government is serious about helping British companies, it should surely insist on a standardized approach and provide a statutory override of indexation for occupational DB pension schemes. The Government admitted RPI was out of date when in last November’s Budget it announced that business rate rises would be linked to CPI, not RPI as previously, following pressure from industry lobbies. It's time the pensions industry also put on this pressure so we don't see a repeat of the some of the enormous pension fund disasters that we've seen with companies such as Carillion, for whom meeting their pension fund obligation has proved to be yet another nail in the coffin."

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  • 12/12/2017
    Walker v Innospec Limited Judgment Handed Down In Supreme Court

    “This case highlights the changes of attitude as regards the rights of same sex couples in 2004 compared to now. In 2004, when the Civil Partnership Act was running through Parliament it was novel legislation whereas now society expects employers to treat their employees who are in same sex relationships in exactly the same way as employees who are heterosexual couples. The Supreme Court’s decision won’t provoke an outcry – it is the type of judgment one would expect in a modern society, with human rights law being carefully used to fill any gaps and push the law in a progressive direction. It shows the Supreme Court is not so out of touch with today’s social norms as people say.”

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  • 14/07/2017
    Judicial Pensions Case Back To Europe (Again)

    “Looking back now with today’s concerns with gig economy workers being treated like second class citizens, this original exclusion looks extraordinary, as does the fact that it took eight years to gain the successful challenge in the ECJ. It is a shame the case continues to rumble on and the Supreme Court was not firmer in yesterday’s judgement about Mr O’Brien’s position. The cost of the Ministry of Justice pursuing this action, with two referrals to the ECJ seems to be disproportionate and is probably not one which another UK employer would take.”

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