Sara Hughes Principal Associate

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1986 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  London

Secondary office:  Birmingham

Sara Hughes

Sara Hughes is a principal associate with a long and wide-ranging experience in pensions law. Her key talent is helping pension trustees and employers negotiate their pension-related issues smoothly; looking for practical ways through complex issues such as pension scheme changes, scheme mergers and wind-ups.

Sara excels at providing clear explanations and practical advice and solutions on technical issues from parent company guarantees to member communications to benefit alterations and the latest developments in the surrounding law for pension plans.

Sara has also been involved in good governance and risk management issues for trustees for many years. She assists trustee boards and employers to manage conflicts of interest and adopt appropriate solutions for conflict and confidentiality headaches.


Trustees and employers of occupational pensions schemes, pensions industry bodies.


Working with pensions industry bodies (including the PLSA and the Pensions Regulator) on trustee governance issues.

Designing documentation for flexible benefits for existing trustee clients with defined benefit and defined contribution schemes.

Drafting and negotiating parent company guarantees, and other "contingent assets" for pension schemes.

Advising on pension scheme mergers.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, principal associate
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, solicitor
  • 1986

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1985

    • Career
      Wragge & Co LLP, solicitor
  • 1982

    • Education
      University of Birmingham, LLB (Hons)