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We are a team of specialist share scheme and employee ownership lawyers. Our experience of a wide range of commercial transactions and situations means that we stand by your side and ensure that what you do is fit for purpose, commercially sound and wherever feasible tax efficient. We can help you identify the right employee share scheme or new ownership structure for your business, then work with you to ensure its successful implementation and launch.

If you are planning to establish an employee ownership trust, you will need to consider what ownership pressures might arise in the future and how they can be addressed. Choose us if you want the reassurance of working with a fully regulated law firm which asks all the important questions. Our focus is on helping you find the right solution, then putting it in place.

You will need a result that's been carefully designed to achieve particular business objectives, not an off-the-shelf or commodity solution. To help you build a successful, world-class and sustainable business through employee ownership and engagement in success, and to do the same in our own company.

read more › Founder of our firm and a regular speaker on employee ownership in the UK and overseas, Robert is one of the UK's leading experts in employee ownership and employee share schemes. A graduate in law from the University of Bristol, Robert was a partner in a national firm of corporate lawyers before founding Postlethwaite in 2003. He is a Ranked Lawyer in his field in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession. He is a member of the Share Plans Lawyers group and also a member of the Employee Ownership Membership Council.

read more › Our focus is on helping you to find the right solution, and then putting it in place. You will need a result that's been carefully designed to achieve particular business objectives, not an off-the-shelf or commodity solution. We'll ask you to tell us about your business and why you want an employee share scheme or are considering employee ownership. We will explain clearly the choices available to you and we will recommend a carefully considered solution. Sometimes there will be a choice. Our recommendations will be tailored to your company's particular needs.

read more › Employee share ownership using an employee share scheme (also known as an employee share plan or staff share scheme) is a powerful way to encourage your employees to think like owners by acquiring shares in the company, helping to make your business more productive, profitable and resilient. As specialist employee share ownership lawyers we can provide you with clear, jargon-free, professional advice to help you work out what kind of share scheme will work best in your business. Employee share ownership means employees acquire shares in the company they work for and this can be achieved in a number of ways.

read more › Employee ownership can be implemented at a pace which matches that of any retiring owners. Employee ownership may be one of the greatest business succession solutions you've never heard of. Establishing an employee ownership trust to buy out retiring owners is increasingly popular. Not only does it often solve the kinds of succession problem that many owners face, it creates a strong platform for continued success and growth through having engaged and motivated new owners and brings statutory tax reliefs for both retiring owners and employees.

read more › Here are a selection of case studies showing how we have helped companies implement employee ownership and share schemes. When Rooflight's founders, Pete and Val King, began planning ownership succession they saw employee ownership as having a natural and firm fit with the company's culture and as forming a strong foundation for its future growth and success. When John the founder was introduced to the concept of employee ownership it immediately gave him a solution that would meet all his requirements and reward his employees.

read more › An employee ownership trust (EOT) is a form of employee benefit trust with two tax reliefs. There are a number of compelling reasons why you may consider setting up an employee ownership trust (EOT). Employee ownership is proven to create more resilient and adaptable businesses with loyal and more productive employees. If you are a private company owner wishing to retire but looking for an alternative to a trade sale, or a company founder keen to share the rewards of business ownership from the start, an EOT may be the answer.

read more › Take Exit 3 (to your right after you have gone through the ticket barriers) signed for Barnards Inn, then keep walking in the same direction after reaching the top of the steps. Immediately on your right you will see a black and white timbered building. After a few paces there is an archway. Go through the arch, then you will see 9 Staple Inn in the top left corner of the courtyard. Our office is the first on the right on the ground floor. N.B. We usually come and open the door rather than buzz you into the building.

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