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Saturday, 29 August 2015
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"They excel at translating the legal jargon into understandable language."
Chambers UK, 2015

The "completely exceptional" Paul Stannard heads the firm's pensions group. "He always portrays an air of confidence that doesn't border on arrogance," states one client; "You always feel the advice is considered."
Chambers UK, 2015

Peter Esam "is very commercial in his approach. He helps you to understand what things mean and how to apply them but won't lose sight of his obligation to protect the client."
Chambers UK, 2015

Philip Stear is described by clients as "a very able technical lawyer and a good communicator."
Chambers UK, 2015

Daniel Gerring has already been identified by commentators as "a future star" and is commended for his personable approach and client focus.
Chambers UK, 2015

The "exceptional" Susie Daykin is commended by clients for her ability to "get very complicated concepts across to the client simply," while other sources describe her as "phenomenally bright."
Chambers UK, 2015

Travers Smith LLP is widely respected for its "very experienced team', whose structure means that "there is always someone available who has knowledge of our scheme.
The Legal 500, 2014

Paul Stannard is a leading individual, and heads the five-partner practice that has expanded markedly at senior associate level this year.
The Legal 500, 2014

Daniel Gerring is highlighted for his "ability to guide the trustee through complex issues.'
The Legal 500, 2014

"Travers Smith gives detailed advice on all aspects of pension scheme operations performed to a tight timescale."
Chambers UK, 2014

Paul Stannard "combines an encyclopaedic knowledge of pensions law with a firm grasp of the commercial environment," according to interviewees.
Chambers UK, 2014

Peter Esam "writes very good notes and presents well."
Chambers UK, 2014

Philip Stear is noted as an extremely intelligent lawyer and is praised for being "able to simplify incredibly complex legislation."
Chambers UK, 2014

Sources describe Susie Daykin as "very focused and detailed," and as having a "very good theoretical and practical knowledge.'
Chambers UK, 2014

Peers recognise Daniel Gerring as a "bright young partner"
Chambers UK, 2014

The 'absolutely excellent' Travers Smith LLP has 'real strength and depth at all levels of seniority', and 'three very experienced wise men' in widely respected practice head Paul Stannard, Peter Esam and Philip Stear.
The Legal 500, 2013

Daniel Gerring is 'a delight to work with'
The Legal 500, 2013

Susie Daykin is a 'fantastic pensions lawyer'
The Legal 500, 2013

The team works closely with other practitioners in the firm to provide clients with a joined-up service: 'They are good at engaging teams right across the firm and bringing in experts to match the needs of the client.' 
Chambers UK, 2013

'I have found them to be both sensible and sound,' said one interviewee, adding: 'They easily integrate technical pensions knowledge with litigation expertise and function well as a team.'
Chambers UK, 2013

Paul Stannard heads the pensions team - his - 'wealth of technical knowledge and project oversight was fantastic,' says one interviewee.
Chambers UK, 2013

Susie Daykin - 'I have been hugely impressed with her legal ability and judgement,' noted one interviewee.
Chambers UK, 2013

It impresses respondents with its approach: 'They are specialists in the pensions area' and are 'very commercially focused.'
Chambers UK, 2013

Paul Stannard is an 'exceptionally good pensions lawyer' who is 'able to deliver advice in an understandable form and is appropriately proactive.'
Chambers UK, 2013



Peter Esam is 'strong on all aspects of pensions.' On complex work, which sources state is one of his strengths, he is 'unflappable, measured and provides sound advice.'
Chambers UK, 2013

The 'technically sound' Philip Stear 'works hard and finds ways to present complicated advice and is open to being flexible.' Sources 'welcome his pragmatic approach; he always has the best interests of his clients at heart.'
Chambers UK, 2013

New partner Susie Daykin is highly rated by sources who appreciate her 'commercially focused' approach.
Chambers UK, 2013

Also recently promoted to the partnership, Daniel Gerring is considered 'bright and has visibly grown into the role over the past year. His intellect is sharp.'
Chambers UK, 2013

Paul Stannard heads the pensions department at Travers Smith LLP, and is "a first-class adviser - able to see the wood for the trees and think constructively about problems".
Legal 500, 2012

Philip Stear is "very able, with a real forensic mind". 
Legal 500, 2012

Peter Esam is "very good from a legal point of view, but also shows compassion. Sometimes it isn't necessary to be aggressive - and when it isn't he introduces a level of decency"
Legal 500, 2012

Peter Esam "is a very charming person and a good lawyer who knows the pensions world inside-out."
Chambers UK, 2012

Philip Stear is praised for his "strength on the technical aspects and analysis of tricky issues," and noted for his "incredible intelligence and solution-oriented approach." 
Chambers UK, 2012

Susie Daykin has "first-class knowledge" and is commended for her willingness to "advise the trustees assertively and tell the investors to rethink."
Chambers UK, 2012

Paul Stannard is "a very commercially sensitive lawyer, who is able to see the big picture and come up with solutions while staying cognisant of the complexities of the problem."
Legal 500, 2011

Peter Esam is "particularly good at dealing with trustee boards."
Legal 500, 2011

Philip Stear is "always prepared to go the extra mile for you."
Legal 500, 2011

"They understand client needs and are technically top-notch."
Chambers UK, 2011

Paul Stannard remains one of the most highly regarded lawyers in the London market. He has a reputation among market commentators for being "open to discussion, pragmatic and able to come up with solutions that solve both parties' problems."
Chambers UK, 2011

Peter Esam has recently acted for GE and Barclays, and offers "constructive, pragmatic and clear advice."
Chambers UK, 2011

Philip Stear is "extremely intelligent."
Chambers UK, 2011

Susie Daykin is "bright, quick-witted and will undoubtedly excel in the future."
Chambers UK, 2011

Paul Stannard "has deep technical knowledge, and tackles complicated matters in an exceptionally structured way."
The Legal 500, 2010

The "excellent" Peter Esam is "sensible and commercial."
The Legal 500, 2010

Philip Stear is "articulate, with an encyclopaedic memory."
The Legal 500, 2010

"Travers Smith provides a strong legal spotlight on the key pensions issues we face."
Chambers UK, 2010

Peers describe Paul Stannard as "one of the best solicitors in the country."
Chambers UK, 2010

Peter Esam "tackles complicated problems and can explain them in a comprehensible manner."
Chambers UK, 2010

Philip Stear, of whom clients say: "When Stear deals with tricky issues he really gets into it and works out what's possible."
Chambers UK, 2010