Pioneer pensions QC Edward Nugee dies aged 86

A respected QC who led the way in private sector pension cases has died aged 86.

Edward Nugee, who took silk in 1977, worked on areas including property law and trusts, but specialised in private sector pension cases.

He appeared as counsel for the successful parties in two of the first modern pensions cases, involving the schemes of Imperial Foods and Courage Group.

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His practice, which began at 3 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, was later known as Wilberforce Chambers and became a dominant force in the private pensions world because of Mr Nugee’s work.

When he became head of his chambers there were only 10 members, but in 2006, when he retired from that role, this number had increased to 45, partly because of increased pensions work.

Robert Hamm QC, of Wilberforce Chambers, said: “Before the 1980s there was not very much litigation or much law about occupational pension schemes, and Edward Nugee was one of the people in the field from the outset.”

Mr Nugee was also an important participant in seminars held as part of the work of the pensions law review committee.

Mr Nugee is survived by his wife Rachel and four sons.

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Gary Dunn, Lancashire-based wealth partner for True Potential Wealth Management, said: “Individual rights in pension schemes have got better and better and the protection has improved – I imagine that would be down to the previous work of people like Edward Nugee.”