Daniel is Head of Travers Smith's Pensions Department. He also sits on the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Board and was our first CSR Partner.
Daniel has a broad pensions practice, acting principally for trustees, employers and parties to corporate and restructuring activity.
His practice covers all aspects of pensions law. This includes strategic advice to trustees, employers and parties to corporate activity about pension funds, employer covenant and security for occupational schemes, pensions aspects of corporate transactions and reorganisations - including distress and restructuring situations, changes to benefit structures, risk management - including buy-ins and longevity insurance - and mergers, as well as questions about member benefits and handling all types of pensions-related claims and disputes. He is also an acclaimed expert on corporate social responsibility and diversity and inclusion – within the corporate environment and beyond – and is a trustee of a number of charities.
Daniel’s clients include the trustees or sponsoring employers of many of the UK's largest pension funds, including those associated with Akzo Nobel, the Association of British Insurers (ABI), AXA, the Bank of England, Clarks Shoes, Gatwick Airport, ITN, Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror) and Willis Towers Watson.
Daniel speaks regularly at major pensions industry conferences for trustees, employers, lawyers and other pension professionals (including the PLSA's Annual and Investment Conferences) and appears regularly in the press.
He participates in a number of industry groups, and serves as chair of the Society of Pension Professionals' Legislation Committee, as a committee member of the GMP Equalisation Industry Group (set up by Government and the Pensions Regulator and chaired by PASA) and chair of its tax sub-committee, and sits on the PLSA's Diversity External Advisory Board. He is also a Leadership Fellow of St George's House, Windsor Castle – a group limited to 250 senior leaders from across a wide variety of industries and sectors, from the UK and further afield.
For a fourth consecutive year, Daniel has been ranked in OUTstanding’s worldwide 100 LGBT+ Executives List, placing in the top 25 internationally and the top 10 in the UK (and the highest-ranked lawyer in the world). Daniel ranks highly in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, and has been named by Who's Who Legal as the only 'Global Elite Thought Leader' in the Pensions category in England.
Diversity & Inclusion
Daniel sits on the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Board, chairs the firm's LGBT+ Group, and is recognised as leader in the D&I field. Daniel led the establishment of our Corporate Social Responsibility programme and served as the firm's first CSR partner, leading on the firm's charitable, community engagement, and legal pro bono initiatives until 2017.
He is a trustee of several charities and is involved with a number of development projects in his local community. He has a particular interest in education and youth work, having served as a school governor for over 10 years, and actively supports a number of related projects, including sitting on the board of young person's homelessness charity City YMCA London, acting as a volunteer consultant to Brighter Futures Zambia, an education and social development project for children affected by AIDS/HIV in Southern Africa, as well as being a trustee of Just Like Us (an LGBT+ charity for young people). He also helped found Refugees at Home – a national charity providing free accommodation for refugees and asylum seekers - and sits on its board.
Daniel was a founding member of the National LGBT Solicitors Committee at The Law Society of England and Wales and launched a mentoring programme for LGBT+ university students from across the country in partnership with Just Like Us. Daniel is a founding member of McKinsey's LGBTQ+ Alliance initiative for international LGBTQ+ leaders.