Slaughter and May has made its first ever London lateral hire in its 125 year history, recruiting Herbert Smith Freehill’s (HSF) head of pensions, Daniel Schaffer. This is the firm’s first London lateral partner hire, and its second global lateral hire after recruiting Hong Kong corporate partner John Moore from Morrison & Foerster in 2014. Schaffer is leaving HSF after 7 years, having previously been a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer since 1998. Following his arrival, Slaughter and May’s pensions and employment practice will comprise of five partners, and over 25 lawyers.
Slaughter’s senior partner, Steve Cook says “Dan 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.”