Employee Share Incentives

Dedicated employee share incentives lawyers advising on the full plan lifecycle, from design and implementation through to administration and communication.

Our employee share incentive lawyers work exclusively on employee share plans for clients ranging from owner-managed businesses to FTSE 100 companies. We work closely with the firm’s experts in employment, pensions, corporate and tax.

We support clients in introducing employee share schemes to:

  • encourage employees to take a longer-term view of their relationship with the business;
  • align employee interests with those of owners;
  • attract talented individuals to join the business and incentivise them to contribute to its success; and
  • allow both employers and employees to receive tax benefits.

Our expertise covers every stage in the lifecycle of a plan, from design and implementation to administration and evolution:

  • scheme design and initial implementation;
  • ongoing operation of share schemes including grants, vestings and the treatment of leavers;
  • expanding plans to include overseas employees and advising overseas companies on implementing share plans in the UK;
  • tax advice on employee share acquisitions from both an employee and employer perspective, including share scheme compliance;
  • evolution of share plans to ensure they remain fit for purpose;
  • executive compensation and corporate governance advice, including Remuneration Committee support;
  • advice on shareholder engagement; and
  • assistance with the impact of corporate transactions such as a change of control, asset sale or IPO.

For more information on how our employee share incentive lawyers can assist you, please get in touch.