Credentials

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

"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

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

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

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

Paul Stannard and Peter Esam "communicate the most complex of issues clearly."
The Legal 500, 2009

Philip Stear and Philip Bartram are "at the top of their game" and "a pleasure to deal with." Associate Susie Daykin is a "particularly good" choice on "complex matters."
The Legal 500, 2009

"A most efficient, resourceful and practical firm," Travers Smith is well known for providing "sound technical knowledge and commercial, pragmatic advice" on pensions matters.
Chambers UK, 2009

Paul Stannard "is a first-rate pensions lawyer" whom interviewees would not hesitate to recommend to others seeking an award-winning service.
Chambers UK, 2009

Peter Esam is praised by commentators market-wide for "his calm approach and sensible, realistic advice."
Chambers UK, 2009

According to sources, Philip Stear "is able to interpret technical legal advice in an authoritative and practical fashion."
Chambers UK, 2009

Senior associate Susie Daykin "is always on the ball" when it comes to providing advice to suit her clients´ needs.
Chambers UK, 2009