Alumni lecture: 'Reversing Trustee Mistakes'
Dr Dan Schaffer
As part of the Distinguished Alumni Guest Lecture Series, Dan Schaffer (LLB 1986 and LLD 2016) solicitor advocate, partner Herbert Smith Freehills will be giving a lecture on "Reversing Trustee Mistakes".
Dan is Chair of the Advisory Board here at the University of Bristol Law School. He fell in love with Trusts law at Bristol where he studied 1983 – 86, winning the Simmons scholarship.
Encouraged by Professor Keith Stanton he went on to Oxford to take the BCL (First Class) in 1987. He is currently teaching Trusts law this year at Merton College Oxford and on the BCL. He also teaches on the Commercial Equity LLM Course at Cambridge University.
He sits on the Master of the Roll's Trusts Law Committee.
Dan has, since qualifying as a solicitor in 1990, specialised in pensions trusts. He advises some of the biggest and most complex trusts in the country like the £25billion Railways Pension Scheme and Electricity Supply Pension Scheme.
He does both contentious and advisory work. He is head of the pensions trust team at the global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, where he is a partner. Herbert Smith Freehills sponsors the prize for the highest achieving student on the Trusts unit.
When Dan is not organising the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Programme and working with the UBLC and the School on other ways to help strengthen still further the School's fantastic reputation, he is down here cycling with fellow 83-86 alumnus Professor Michael Ford QC. They are riding the Welsh Dragon Ride and the Maratona in the Dolomites in 2017 amongst other events.
Dan lives in central London. He has a French wife and three boys (20, 18 and 16) and a beautiful dog called Roxy.
Dan regards it as a privilege and pleasure to remain actively involved in the Law School. He encourages all current students to remain engaged with the School after graduation.
Dan holds an honorary degree (LLD) from Bristol University awarded on 19 July 2016 by the then Chancellor Baroness Hale. You can listen to Professor Ford's oration and Dan's response on the internet - https://soundcloud.com/university-of-bristol/dr-daniel-schaffer-receives-honorary-degree-from-the-university-of-bristol.