Daniel is Head of the Pensions Department. He also sits on Travers Smith’s Diversity & Inclusion Board and was our CSR Partner.
Daniel has a broad pensions practice, acting principally for trustees, employers and parties to corporate activity.
His practice covers all aspects of pensions law, including 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 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 funds associated with Akzo Nobel, AXA, the Bank of England, Clarks Shoes, Gatwick Airport, ITN, Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror) and Willis Towers Watson.
Daniel regularly speaks at seminars and courses for trustees and employers, as well as for lawyers and other pensions professionals. He participates in a number of industry groups, and serves as Chair of the Society of Pension Professionals' Legislation Committee, and as a committee member of the GMP Equalisation Industry Group (set up by Government and the Pensions Regulator and chaired by PASA). He was recently appointed as 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. He has also been named by the Financial Times and OUTstanding as one of the leading 100 LGBT Executives worldwide for the last three years in a row, including ranking 15th out of 100 in the 2019 list.
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. For several years Daniel was our Corporate Social Responsibility Partner, leading on the firm's charitable, community engagement, and legal pro bono initiatives.
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 recently launched a mentoring programme for LGBT+ university students from across the country in partnership with Just Like Us.