Daniel Barlow


Daniel represents LawDeb as 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 joined LawDeb from PwC where he was Head of Trustee Services from 2013 to 2019 with responsibility for managing the firm’s two DB Schemes. He was also a member of PwC’s DC governance committee. Prior to PwC, Daniel was Company Secretary and Chief Legal Adviser for Tata Global Beverages where he became an employer-appointed trustee of the Tetley GB Final Salary Scheme and was twice elected as a member representative of Tata’s DC steering committee.

Daniel is a qualified solicitor and accredited member of the Association of Professional Pension Trustees with a track record of driving major improvements in corporate and scheme governance. As well as a strong legal and governance skillset, Daniel is a strategic thinker who builds good working relationships with sponsors and other stakeholders. He has a collaborative and yet commercial approach to managing advisers and suppliers.

Daniel is a member of the Advisory Council of trustee liability insurer, OPDU, and is Company Secretary of charitable company, St. John’s Downshire Hill. He holds an MA in law from Oxford University.

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 and 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