Dan joined the firm as a partner in our Pensions and Employment Group in September 2017. He has twenty years of partner experience and his practice covers both contentious and non-contentious (transactional and general advisory) aspects of pensions.  He advises employers and trustees, including on significant industry-wide schemes.  Dan’s experience includes scheme mergers and demergers, implementation of scheme and benefit redesign projects and covenant and funding solutions.

Dan’s recent work includes acting for:

  • Coats - successfully resolving a major investigation by the Pensions Regulator into three schemes (leading to withdrawal of three Warning Notices – 2016/17).
  • IBM – identifying the legal flaw in the High Court decision in IBM v Dalgleish and formulating the argument for the successful appeal (judgment handed down in August 2017).
  • E.ON – advising since 1990, including on its demerger with Uniper and the establishment of the Uniper section of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme.
  • Foster Wheeler – on a major benefit redesign project and identifying the flaw in the High Court decision in Foster Wheeler v Hanley. Subsequent formulation of the successful argument to reverse the decision, in the Court of Appeal.
  • EDF – on a major benefit redesign of three schemes, including collaboration with four trades unions and three sets of trustees.
  • Railways Pension Scheme – advising since 1997 the trustee of the 100 section industry-wide defined benefit and defined contribution scheme. This involves liaising (on covenant funding, transfer and other issues) with over 100 employers of varying sizes of business.
  • Electricity Supply Pension Scheme – advising the central employer body since 2005 on restructuring the scheme and other complex issues.

Dan is listed as a leading individual in Chambers UK and Legal 500.  He lectures regularly on pensions including at Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol universities.  Dan is chair of Bristol University Law School’s Advisory Board.

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