Employee Share
Ownership Specialists

We are an English law firm specialising in employee ownership and employee share schemes, including share option schemes, share incentive plans (SIPs), long term incentive plans (LTIPs) and all forms of employee share ownership.

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Employee Ownership Association

The Employee Ownership Association is the voice of co-owned business in the UK. Postlethwaite is a validated EOA expert advisor on employee ownership.

Legal 500 Leading firm 2014

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About Postlethwaite

Postlethwaite is an independent employee-owned firm of UK solicitors focusing on employee ownership, and employee share schemes. 
Employee share ownership comes in many forms. An employee share scheme can incentivise your key employees through a selective employee share scheme, or an all-employee share ownership scheme can offer everyone benefits. You can manage ownership succession through a sale to your employees (employee ownership of a majority of your company).

As experienced employee ownership lawyers we help you find the right model of employee share ownership for your company’s needs and guide you through the legal implementation of your chosen employee share scheme. The Postlethwaite team is experienced in delivering employee share ownership and incentive schemes for both private and listed companies, working with our clients to create an employee share scheme attuned to their needs and circumstances.
We explain how to choose which employee share scheme works best for you: a selective employee share scheme or all-employee share ownership? Or are you considering succession by a transition to majority employee ownership? If you favour a selective employee share scheme, we might begin by looking at what is an EMI option scheme and how does it compare with alternatives. If you prefer all-employee share ownership, we might consider with you what is a SIP and how it compares with other possible forms of all-employee share scheme. If you move to majority employee ownership, what is involved? We will take you through the benefitsand any disadvantages of each type of employee share ownership scheme and help you pick the right employee share scheme for your business. For example, the creation of an employee ownership trust could allow the transfer of a business to it entirely free of capital gains tax. Outcomes might involve the creation of:

-  tax-advantaged schemes such EMI share option schemes, company share option plans (CSOPS), SAYE options schemes, share incentive plans (SIPS), employee shareholders

-  non-tax advantaged employee share option schemes, long term incentive plans, growth shares and    other arrangements 

-  employee benefits trusts, employee ownership trusts and employee share ownership plans (ESOPS)

Postlethwaite is ranked among "Leaders in their Field" for Employee Share Schemes and Benefits in Chambers 2014 and as a leading firm for Employee Share Schemes in Legal 500 2013.

Some key terms you will often encounter include: share option schemes, EMI share option schemes, employee share ownership, employee ownership trusts, employee ownership, long term incentive plans (LTIPS), share incentives plans.

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