David Griffiths is a partner in our pensions practice based in our Manchester office. 

David has advised employers and trustees on pensions issues for more than 20 years. In that time he has helped to establish, amend, close and wind-up every kind of pension scheme including defined benefits, defined contributions, executive top-ups, funded and unfunded and small self-administered schemes.

In addition, David offers professional trustee services. He sits as trustee for a pension scheme with assets in excess of £180 million, and is the first stage dispute resolution decision-maker for another scheme.

Chambers UK rates David as a top practitioner, and recognises both his strong grasp of technical detail as well as his ability to place that detail into its appropriate commercial context and give clear, authoritative advice.

David is member of the Association of Pension Lawyers.

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  • Advising an employer on the creation of an asset-backed investment structure involving real property assets.
  • Advising the Trustees of two large occupational defined contribution schemes on amendments required to address automatic enrolment.
  • Advising upon, and implementing, structures to manage pension debt liabilities.
  • Acting for professional trustees in the process of admitting pension schemes into the Pensions Protection Fund.
  • Assisting a substantial employer in funding negotiations with its trustee body.
  • Advising employers, trustees and benefit consultancies upon the design and offer of pension options such as enhanced transfer values and pension increase exchanges.
  • Assisting trustees to review and respond to changes in corporate structure including corporate disposals, corporate restructuring and wind-down.


  • Manchester Metropolitan University, Law Degree, 1987
  • The University of Edinburgh, M.A., 1985


  • England and Wales, 1990
  • Included in the Seventh Edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom (2018)
  • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Pensions, North West
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Pensions
  • Recognized as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2016
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Pensions

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