Daniel Barlow


Daniel is a qualified solicitor and accredited member of the Association of Professional Pension Trustees. He represents LawDeb as chair of trustees, co-trustee and sole corporate trustee on a variety of defined benefit, defined contribution and pensions security trusts with assets ranging in size from £10m to >£2bn.

Daniel has broad experience across the full range of pensions disciplines and adopts a strategic, objectives-led approach to scheme governance. He has significant recent experience of navigating schemes through sponsor-side corporate activity, negotiating complex security arrangements and end-game journey planning.

Daniel is a confident communicator at board level and builds constructive working relationships with sponsors and other stakeholders. He has a collaborative and yet commercial approach to managing advisers and suppliers.

Before joining LawDeb, Daniel was Head of Trustee Services for PwC from 2013 to 2019 and was responsible for managing the firm’s two DB Schemes with combined assets of c.£2.6bn. He was a member of PwC’s DC governance committee. Prior to PwC, Daniel was Company Secretary and Chief Legal Adviser for Tata Global Beverages. Whilst at Tata, Daniel became an employer-appointed trustee of the Tetley GB Final Salary Scheme and was twice elected as a member representative on Tata’s DC steering committee.

Daniel is a member of the SPP Council, the Advisory Panel of the Pensions Chair Network and the Advisory Council of trustee liability insurer, OPDU.

Daniel acts as trustee of charitable company, St. John’s Downshire Hill.

What his colleagues say:

“Daniel was a key member of the trustee board of the Tetley GB Final Salary Scheme at a time of significant change. During his tenure the Scheme was closed to future accrual, contingent assets were negotiated, a covenant monitoring process put in place and corporate governance standards improved dramatically.  Daniel is a very clear thinker and is knowledgeable and passionate about the issues.  He was an invaluable sounding board for me as Chair and a key driver of change.”

Richard Forrest, Director of Financial Planning, British Red Cross

Former Chair of Tetley GB Final Salary Scheme

“Daniel is a highly skilled and knowledgeable pension professional, especially in the financial and professional services sector. He is particularly strong on governance as one might expect given his legal background. More generally, he has good interpersonal skills, sound judgement and has significant experience of issues associated with de-risking and journey planning.”

John Preston, Chair of Sainsbury’s DB Pension Scheme

Former Trustee of the PwC Pension Scheme