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Employee Incentives (including Share Schemes)

Employee Incentives (including Share Schemes) Solicitors in London and Essex

Employee incentives and remuneration is commonly a key differentiator between employers, especially in competitive industries. In short, offering key employees or members of a management team a suitable incentives package is essential to attracting, motivating and retaining the best talent for your business. 

You may just want key employees to be able to participate in the ownership of your business or you may prefer all employees to have an ownership stake. We advise on a range of incentive schemes which can be designed in a tax-efficient way, where eligibility criteria are met e.g., an EMI share option scheme.

We can help you design and implement an effective employee share ownership solution that meets the individual needs of your business. We place emphasis on the initial planning stage as it is during this phase that we will explore the important legal considerations, and we will work closely with your accountants or tax advisers to ensure that your ownership solution meets the tax and accounting objectives/requirements.

Our unique selling point is that we understand what clients want from their lawyers. We will manage your transaction proactively, with careful attention to detail while never losing sight of the bigger picture.

While working with us you will have access to our strong network of other professionals such as accountants, independent financial advisers and bankers.

We offer a range of pricing options and will be happy to discuss these with you. As a client-centred law firm, we will be transparent with you about our pricing and actively manage these in line with our agreements.

 

How we can help with Employee Incentives (including Share Schemes) matters

We will give you expert advice and representation from the start-to-finish of your matter, while making sure that you understand the various stages along the way.

We can guide you through matters including:

  • Advising on the best way to design your employee incentive (including share scheme). We will work with your other advisors, such as accountants, to ensure that the structure works from other perspectives (such as tax).
  • Considering your immediate and future needs. For example, if you decide to sell your business, the incoming owner will carry out due diligence to ensure it is properly and legally structured. We will consider this as part of our overall work to ensure that you can provide any incoming owner with the information it will expect to see. Our expertise in business sale transactions will assist in this regard.
  • Advising on the legal implications of your chosen employee incentive and implement the necessary legal paperwork to protect you from these. For example, we will incorporate good leaver and bad leaver clauses into the paperwork to ensure that an employee is unable to retain or benefit from their shareholding if they leave the business (and less so if they leave for serious reasons such as dishonesty or gross misconduct). We will also incorporate provisions to protect your business from existing or leaving employees from setting up competing businesses.
  • Project managing your transaction, based on industry practice, to make sure that all relevant tasks are completed properly and allowing you to focus on day-to-day business matters in the knowledge that your advisers are protecting your interests.

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