June 28, 2017

London’s Slaughter and May hires first ever lateral partner

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Slaughter and May has done something ultimately unique for that firm — the 127-year-old firm, considered one of the most prestigious in the world, has hired a London lateral. The new partner is Herbert Smith Freehills pensions head Daniel Schaffer.

Schaffer joined HSF some seven years ago from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he had been a partner since the late 90s.

Schaffer specialises in advising on pensions disputes, with recent work including advising E.ON on its spinoff of Uniper Group and on its UK schemes; Railways Pension Trustee Company on the management of the £25 billion scheme; and EPL on coordinating the £30bn Electricity Supply Pension Scheme.

On his arrival Slaughters’ pensions and employment practice will comprise five partners and more than 25 lawyers.

Steve Cooke, the firm’s senior partner, had this to say: “We are delighted to welcome Dan to the firm.  He has an exceptional market reputation and experience in relation to both advisory and transactional work.  This, combined with our established leading position in the pensions field, will enhance our service to our existing corporate and trustee clients and further grow our standing and reputation.”

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