David Gallagher, Partner, Employment and Pensions
I head up our pensions practice at Fieldfisher and have been at the firm since 2002.
I deal with lots of different pensions issues for clients including day-to-day advice, litigation and commercial transactions. I am well-known for the work I do in public sector outsourcing deals especially ones where there is no precedent to follow. But I do lots of private sector work particularly with utility company pension schemes, schemes with parent companies outside the UK and international pension transfers.
Although I do lots of technical work and pensions is renowned for it, I'm a people person and I am happiest with working as part of a team and attending meetings.
One of the most interesting was with a client that had received a complaint following a member's death. The complaint was from a family member who had been happy with the amount she received until she found out that her father's fiancée had received the same amount. As the next trustee meeting was close to where they lived we arranged for the complainant and her husband to meet with me and the chair of trustees to explain the way we had approached things. While we couldn't stop them bringing a case to the Pensions Ombudsman, the Ombudsman rejected all the criticisms made of our client in that complaint.
I write for a wide range of publications, including the Lexis Nexis PSL service on pensions disputes, the pensions chapter of Tolley's Administration of Estates and I wrote the pensions section of the Law Society's textbook on Outsourcing Law and Practice.
Legal 500 2014 describes me as "very experienced and able pension lawyer offering structured, reliable solutions to client problems"
Chambers UK 2015 describes me as "calm and measured" and "clients find him to be a very reassuring prescence"
Away from work I help coach a boys' football team.