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UK Guide

Employee Share Schemes & Incentives — UK-wide

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong client following in the financial services industry, as well as a significant footprint in the insurance, energy and technology sectors. Undertakes both general advisory work as well as assisting clients on transactional matters. Highly experienced dealing with international and cross-border work.

Strengths 

"The incentives team is very strong and they work very effectively to turn around advice very quickly and in a user-friendly format."

"Very joined up in the service that they provide, very integrated and provide a good level of continuity. The quality of advice is fantastic."

Work highlights Acted for Clayton Dubilier & Rice on the sale of British Car Auctions, owners of the We Buy Any Car brand, and negotiated an employee benefit trust to sell shares.

Advised Deutsche Telekom on its £12.5 billion sale of EE to BT. Worked on retention remuneration and on changes to existing incentive arrangements.

Notable practitioners  

Sonia Gilbert is praised as "a fantastic lawyer who combines exceptional technical knowledge with a deep understanding of her clients." She advises on domestic and global remuneration schemes for major corporates. Sources say: "Her experience is second to none," and add that "she delivers first-rate service and gives robust legal advice in the context of the commercial realities."

Liz Pierson's expertise lies in advising companies on incentives and executive remuneration issues. "She works with pace and agility and ensures every detail is considered," enthuses one source, while another adds: "Liz is great with her responsiveness; her advice is clear and concise, and relevant to the topic."

Significant clients Barclays, Meggitt, Diageo, Booker, Deutsche Bank.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Continues to provide advice on complex incentive scheme implementations. Also works on substantial corporate transactions and represents clients in share plan litigation.

Strengths 

"Very responsive. Worked collaboratively with us to arrive at the best possible outcome. They were amazing partners in a very intense process." 

"They have a high level of experience and knowledge with a good commercial and practical side to the advice. Always available and flexible on matters."

Work highlights Advised on various aspects of the incentivisation arrangements in relation to the all-share merger of Betfair Group and Paddy Power.  

Provided advice on compensation and benefits for Sophos Group during its IPO.

Notable practitioners  

The "pragmatic and easy to deal with" Simon Evans co-heads the group and specialises in international share schemes and benefits issues. Sources say: "He is very clear with his guidance and is always practical. He is very solution-oriented which is highly valued ."

"Technically superb and practical problem solver" Alice Greenwell advises on executive remuneration arrangements and share schemes. "Alice is a class act. She is very practical," comments one source, while another adds: "Her advice is excellent, and her knowledge is thorough but comes with a pragmatic viewpoint too."

Significant clients AstraZeneca, BP, LSE, Pearson, Wolseley.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Expertise spreads across a range of issues, including share schemes and incentives, financial services remuneration and corporate advisory governance. Adept at dealing with domestic and international matters. Continues to represent organisations from the financial services industry, as well as working with a number of technology and transportation clients. 

Work highlights Advised ARRIS Group on share plan issues related to its takeover of Pace, a UK-based technology solutions provider.

Advised Photobox Group on its sale to Exponent Private Equity and Electra Partners. Work included advising on possible issues relating to Photobox's large number of employee owners.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Ife handles matters relating to the establishment and operation of cash and share-based incentive arrangements, and advises on the share scheme issues relating to corporate transactions. "He is a very talented and accessible person," comments an interviewee.

Paul Ellerman assists domestic and international public and private companies on various cash-based and share-based incentive plans. He also has experience dealing with the remuneration aspects of executive recruitments and terminations.

Significant clients BAT, G4S, Sky, BlueBay Asset Management, TSB Banking Group.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Works with numerous FTSE 100 companies and leading global banks. Adept at advising on a full range of employee share schemes and incentives matters. Provides ongoing advice and also assists clients in the context of transactions, with a recent increase in matters relating to flotations.  

Strengths 

"They have a great depth of resource and a great team. Lots of flexibility and really good at helping with design solutions. We can't praise them highly enough."

"Advice is to the point and clear to understand, removing the waffle and legal caveats so often found when receiving advice." 

Work highlights Advised on the incentive issues relating to the restructuring and merger of UniCredit and Santander's asset management business into a tripartite joint venture.

Assisted Experian with seeking shareholders' re-approval for a suite of employee share plans.

Notable practitioners  

Alexandra Beidas has strong experience advising investment banks and asset managers. She frequently assists on various aspects of employee incentives and works with financial institutions on remuneration matters.

Graham Rowlands-Hempel works on both employee share plans and executive incentives. He recently assisted with the preparation for Countryside Properties' flotation. 

Significant clients Anglo American, Citi, BP, Lloyds Banking Group, Vodafone.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong financial services expertise, particularly on employee incentive arrangements and remuneration issues. Actively involved on M&A transactions and IPOs. Provides the capacity to provide truly multinational support on a full range of issues.

Strengths 

"They have strong technical capability, good awareness of market practice and are very supportive."

"They benefit from good strength in depth and their cross-border reach has helped on technical issues in other territories." 

Work highlights Advised Worldpay Group on the employee share incentives relating to its £4.8 billion IPO.

Assisted The Gym Group with its employee share incentives issues related to the company's IPO.

Notable practitioners  

The "very responsive, practical and commercially minded" Paul McCarthy represents companies on a full range of issues in the area. He is recognised for his knowledge and experience of setting up share schemes.

Significant clients Virgin Money, Aviva, WHSmith, Tyco International, Hiscox.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialist executive compensation and share plan advice delivered by an expert team. Noted for its experience handling global executive and employee share plans and incentives, and for working with global banks in relation to regulatory issues. 

Strengths 

"They are a superb range of bright, knowledgeable and helpful lawyers. If there is a limitation of their capabilities we have yet to find it. Their fees are competitive and represent excellent value for money."

"They take a practical approach to problem solving, are a deep experienced team and have the ability to assist us on global issues."

Work highlights Continues to advise Credit Suisse on incentive arrangements and on all global compliance matters affecting its awards. 

Worked with BT on both its employee and executive share plans. 

Notable practitioners  

Janet Cooper advises financial services groups on global incentive plans. Sources say: "She is a tour de force. She is well versed in the laws, shows excellent judgement and she's commercial." Commentators further appreciate that she is "incredibly experienced, pragmatic, well connected and thoughtful."

Bob Grayson focuses on legal and tax compliance for share plans, incentives and employment issues. "He has a strong technical background, stays on top of current developments and has a strong client focus," says one source, while another adds: "Bob is excellent at facilitating a discussion to ensure that we fully explore all the options."

Associate Hannah Needle advises clients in the financial services sector and has a particular focus on global share plans.

Significant clients Aviva, HSBC, Goldman Sachs, Rolls-Royce, Ladbrokes.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Known for handling multi-jurisdictional matters for domestic and international companies. Particularly noted for work with global share plans and share scheme matters.  

Strengths 

"The Baker & McKenzie team is bright, engaging and a pleasure to work with. They provide practical advice, with an understanding of business needs and a thorough knowledge of the legal requirements." 

"They are very capable, time conscious, adaptable to requests and easy to work with."

Work highlights Worked with Prudential on the launch of its global share plans worldwide. 

Advised Willis Towers Watson on share plan matters following the merger of Towers Watson and Willis.

Notable practitioners  

Leader of the group Jeremy Edwards has experience working on domestic and international employee share plans for large companies. Sources say: "He has strong technical knowledge, is highly responsive and sensitive to commercial practicalities."

Significant clients Accenture, Rowan Companies, Smith & Nephew, Philip Morris.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted for its general advisory incentive and employee share scheme work for a range of companies including large corporations and SMEs. Also regularly works on matters related to corporate transactions. 

Strengths 

"I value their expertise and support and I always feel confident that the advice that they have provided is correct."

"They are excellent and recommendable." 

Work highlights Advised KBC on the employee share schemes aspects of the £158 million recommended acquisition of KBC by Global Optimisation, by way of a scheme of arrangement.

Assisted Advanced Computer Software Group with employee share schemes issues related to it £725 million acquisition by Air Didco.  

Notable practitioners  

The "technically excellent" Nicholas Stretch heads the practice and advises on a range of matters, including employee incentives and equity and cash bonus arrangements. A source said: "He provided excellent legal advice underpinned with commercial practicality. He is proactive in pre-empting issues and suggesting solutions to problems." 

Graham Muir guides clients through a full range of employee share scheme issues. He is described as having "excellent knowledge around share schemes and tax implications," and "strong technical knowledge and attention to detail."  

Significant clients Royal Mail, Savills, Big Yellow, TT Electronics, Zedra.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Adept at advising multinational companies on domestic and global share plans. Noted for both the transactional and advisory aspects of the practice.

Strengths 

"The team are sensible, give sound advice and are not afraid to voice an opinion."

"I have the utmost confidence in the team and find them to be thorough, clear in their communications and responsive." 

Work highlights Advised SABMiller on the employee share incentives aspects of its acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev. 

Notable practitioners  

Paul Randall joined the team from Ashurst in early 2016. He advises on all aspects of executive and employee equity share acquisition plans globally. He also assists with employee benefit trusts and performance related remuneration. "He is a pleasure to deal with and very strong on the technical front," say clients. 

Significant clients Virgin Media, Jimmy Choo, Lloyds Banking Group, Liberty Global, Trinity Mirror.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Boutique firm based in Birmingham, highly experienced in advising on all aspects of employee share schemes. Clients include large public companies.

Strengths 

"Top-notch technical expertise with excellent responsiveness, clarity of advice and commercial acumen. They offer value for money and are very pleasant people to deal with."

"They gave innovative advice which accommodated the commercial imperatives of the transaction and delivered a manageable and timely solution." 

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Woodhouse is a key contact.

Significant clients Xtrac, Aquascot, St James' Place, Anderson Anderson & Brown.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on the share scheme aspects of major transactions. Notable for its expertise on clawback provisions. Strong corporate client base including blue-chip and multinational companies.

Strengths 

"A very good firm that is good on the UK technical side. We go to them for technical opinions." 

Work highlights Advised Brit on the employee incentives aspects of the recommended takeover offer by FFHL Group.

Advised Towry on the incentives aspects of its acquisition of Ashcourt Rowan by way of scheme of arrangement.

Notable practitioners  

The "very good" Jonathan Fenn heads the group and advises on employment, pension and employee share schemes matters. This includes employee benefit trusts and incentives matters. "Jonathan is very practical and provides sensible advice promptly, without overcomplicating things," notes an interviewee. 

Significant clients Rolls-Royce, 3i Group, Ocado, Schroders, Segro.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for High-standard advisory work with the capability to assist with all stages of incentive programmes, from creation to implementation. Also offers a full range of support on transactions. Adept at advising on domestic and international matters for a wide client base. 

Strengths 

"They are friendly, responsive, knowledgeable and highly effective." 

"They exceed expectations in terms of turn around time."

Work highlights Acted for Hostelworld on the employee share plan issues related to its IPO and listings on the LSE and Irish Stock Exchange.

Assisted Nikkei with employee incentive issues relating to its acquisition of the Financial Times Group.

Notable practitioners  

Mahesh Varia heads the group and assists with remuneration programmes and share schemes. Commentators recognise his deep expertise and consider him to be an "excellent" practitioner.

Elissavet Grout advises companies and individuals on company and employee incentives and tax.

Significant clients Ball Corporation, Zedra Trust Company, Pets at Home, Pret a Manger, Pace.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted expertise in UK and international work in the share scheme and incentives arena. Advises corporate clients and companies in the real estate, retail and education sectors.

Strengths 

"They are reliable, responsive, and produce high-quality work."  

"They are technically excellent and do a thorough job." 

Work highlights Worked with Lakehouse on its closeout of existing incentive arrangements and implemented new share incentives in anticipation of its IPO.

Assisted SuperGroup with a new share scheme and incentive programme.

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Blum advises on cash incentive and share scheme arrangements, as well as employee benefit trusts. Sources comment: "He is very good at what he does and gives very detailed responses to questions." He also receives praise for his "good commercial view on things."

Mathew Gorringe is adept at advising on international incentive implementation for global companies and working with public companies on employee incentive arrangements. An interviewee comments: "He has excellent technical knowledge and is very responsive."

Significant clients Triumph Group, Capita, Croda International, Consort Medical.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Diverse client base with particular expertise advising AIM-listed technology, media and mining companies. Notable for its work on employee ownership trusts. Continues to advise on transactional matters. 

Strengths 

"They possess great expertise, advice and guidance. They have the flexibility to ensure a successful outcome in the quickest time possible." 

"They are very qualified, accessible, well versed on the various legal issues and offer good legal and practical advice."

Work highlights Advised Channel Four Investments on taking a minority equity stake in Spelthorne Community Television, a start-up independent TV production company co-founded by Sacha Baron Cohen.

Assisted Tower Resource, an AIM listed natural resources company, on establishing a new long-term incentive plan for senior management.

Notable practitioners  

Graeme Nuttall leads the group. He advises employee-owned businesses with particular expertise in employee ownership trusts. He is also a chartered tax adviser. He has "tip-top knowledge and is very helpful and supportive," according to a client. Another adds: "He is very bright, accessible and practical but thoughtful." 

Mark Gearing advises on a full range of employee share plans and on the tax implications of such plans. A client reflects: "His technical knowledge, support, patience and client service were all excellent."

Significant clients Agilsys Holdings, Tristel, Ten Insurance Services, Merkle, ADVFN.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises a wide-ranging client base on share schemes and incentives. Particularly adept at advisory work on behalf of those in the financial services sector. Enjoys a well-deserved reputation for advising high net worth individuals on compensation matters. 

Work highlights Acted for Liontrust on multiple bonus deferral schemes for various teams within the organisation.

Assisted Nu Instruments on the establishment of an enterprise management incentive scheme.

Notable practitioners  

According to market commentators, Robert Collard "is very good in share schemes. He is intelligent, academic and commercial. He is at the cutting edge of share schemes and he's easy to deal with." He advises listed and unlisted clients on all aspects of share schemes and incentives.  

Significant clients Shawbrook, Record, JD Wetherspoon, EPIC Private Equity, Sand Aire.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises clients from sectors including technology, life sciences and financial services on a full range of employee share schemes and incentives matters. Specific expertise advising London-listed companies.

Strengths 

"They have both breadth and depth of experience in addition to cross-border knowledge." 

Work highlights Continued to advise the Canadian multinational CGI Group on the expansion of its share purchase plan into numerous European jurisdictions.

Acted for IMI on domestic and international share plan and executive remuneration matters. 

New developments Matthew Findley joined from Pinsent Masons in January 2016.

Notable practitioners  

Sources say Matthew Findley "can communicate complicated issues in a straightforward way," and that "his wide and varied technical knowledge is first class." He joined the firm from Pinsent Masons in January 2016.

Significant clients The Hanover Insurance Group, Terra Firma Capital Partners.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Boutique employee-ownership and share schemes specialists who advise on a wide range of matters. Noted for its experience in the technology, pharmaceuticals and financial services industries.

Strengths 

"They have an excellent technical understanding and commercial outlook."

Work highlights Advised Blackwell on structuring the transition to majority employee ownership.

Assisted Soundcloud with equity reward arrangements for key employees.

Notable practitioners  

David Reuben assists venture capital-backed, and smaller companies, on employee incentive issues. "He has good knowledge, thinks around issues and comes up with issues we hadn't necessarily thought about," comments a source.

Robert Postlethwaite works with listed companies on employee ownership and share schemes. Sources say he is "helpful, attentive and pleasant to work with," and add that he demonstrates an "excellent understanding of employee ownership."

The "very good" Stephen Chater advises private and listed companies on a variety of aspects relating to tax, incentives and share schemes. He also assists with employee ownership matters.  

Significant clients Mooncup, Ministry of Sound, Wise Investments, Flo Group, Accesso Technology Group.  

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted experience advising financial services and FinTech groups on their plans. Increasingly active on behalf of technology clients on employee share schemes and incentives. 

Strengths 

"The team was responsive, constructive and proactive in the face of not inconsiderable time pressures."

"They have a good depth and breadth of knowledge, and a commercial approach."

Work highlights Advised The Culture Trip, a global culture and travel website, on the structure and implementation of share plans to employees and key personnel in the USA, UK and Israel.

Advised the management team of Infinitas Learning on the sale of a majority stake in the company.

Notable practitioners  

Nicholas Greenacre heads the firm's practice. He is adept at dealing with multinational schemes. One source says he has "strong technical knowledge coupled with a pragmatic ability to reach an effective resolution," while another states that he "delivers consistently high-quality legal advice with a commercial focus."

Significant clients Miniclip, Mediobanca, Novator Partners, Expedia, Evonik.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Deep expertise in the technology and communications sector, handling notable work for SMEs and start-ups. Adept at dealing with cross-border matters and both advisory and transactional share schemes and incentives work.

Strengths 

"They are flexible, approachable, and dynamic in their approach." 

Work highlights Worked with Mercer, a global human resources consultancy company, on drafting new incentive plans for its clients.

Advised on a UK and Italian cross-border management buy-out of Tomorrow London, a designer fashion sales platform.

Notable practitioners  

Colin Kendon is head of the group and is a specialist in employee incentives. His client base includes listed and private companies. He is adept at working with technology companies on schemes and incentives.

Significant clients Just Eat, Burgess Hodgson, Earthport, Lifealike, Strategy & Investment Partners.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Adept at dealing with cross-border matters, with a particular strength in the financial services sector and on work for private equity companies.  

Work highlights Worked with Entertainment One, a UK-listed Canadian entertainment company, on the design and implementation of an incentive plan for senior executives.  

Advised Bizspace, a serviced office rental company, on its management incentive scheme issues.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Stanger is an equity incentives consultant who has experience in employee share plans and other equity incentive programmes. Interviewees describe him as "a really pragmatic character and a very focused draftsman," who has "good technical knowledge."

Significant clients Intermediate Capital Group, Center Parcs, GW Pharmaceuticals, Bizspace, Adaptimmune Therapeutics.

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Senior Statesmen

Postlethwaite Solicitors Limited

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very good" Stephen Chater advises private and listed companies on a variety of aspects relating to tax, incentives and share schemes. He also assists with employee ownership matters.  

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Senior Statesmen

Keystone Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Experienced consultant David Cohen of Keystone Law is considered to be "a very prominent name" in the employee share schemes and incentives arena.

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Band 1

Tapestry Compliance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Janet Cooper advises financial services groups on global incentive plans. Sources say: "She is a tour de force. She is well versed in the laws, shows excellent judgement and she's commercial." Commentators further appreciate that she is "incredibly experienced, pragmatic, well connected and thoughtful."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "pragmatic and easy to deal with" Simon Evans co-heads the group and specialises in international share schemes and benefits issues. Sources say: "He is very clear with his guidance and is always practical. He is very solution-oriented which is highly valued ."

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Slaughter and May

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very good" Jonathan Fenn heads the group and advises on employment, pension and employee share schemes matters. This includes employee benefit trusts and incentives matters. "Jonathan is very practical and provides sensible advice promptly, without overcomplicating things," notes an interviewee. 

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Ife handles matters relating to the establishment and operation of cash and share-based incentive arrangements, and advises on the share scheme issues relating to corporate transactions. "He is a very talented and accessible person," comments an interviewee.

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CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

The "technically excellent" Nicholas Stretch heads the practice and advises on a range of matters, including employee incentives and equity and cash bonus arrangements. A source said: "He provided excellent legal advice underpinned with commercial practicality. He is proactive in pre-empting issues and suggesting solutions to problems." 

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Band 2

Stephenson Harwood LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Barbara Allen of Stephenson Harwood LLP works with clients to produce share plans, management incentives and bonus arrangements. She also assists with remuneration issues. Sources praise Allen as having "great technical knowledge and commercial awareness."

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Band 2

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers UK guide

Leader of the group Jeremy Edwards has experience working on domestic and international employee share plans for large companies. Sources say: "He has strong technical knowledge, is highly responsive and sensitive to commercial practicalities."

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Band 2

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Ellerman assists domestic and international public and private companies on various cash-based and share-based incentive plans. He also has experience dealing with the remuneration aspects of executive recruitments and terminations.

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Band 2

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sonia Gilbert is praised as "a fantastic lawyer who combines exceptional technical knowledge with a deep understanding of her clients." She advises on domestic and global remuneration schemes for major corporates. Sources say: "Her experience is second to none," and add that "she delivers first-rate service and gives robust legal advice in the context of the commercial realities."

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very responsive, practical and commercially minded" Paul McCarthy represents companies on a full range of issues in the area. He is recognised for his knowledge and experience of setting up share schemes.

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Fieldfisher

From the Chambers UK guide

Graeme Nuttall leads the group. He advises employee-owned businesses with particular expertise in employee ownership trusts. He is also a chartered tax adviser. He has "tip-top knowledge and is very helpful and supportive," according to a client. Another adds: "He is very bright, accessible and practical but thoughtful." 

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Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Randall joined the team from Ashurst in early 2016. He advises on all aspects of executive and employee equity share acquisition plans globally. He also assists with employee benefit trusts and performance related remuneration. "He is a pleasure to deal with and very strong on the technical front," say clients. 

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Travers Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mahesh Varia heads the group and assists with remuneration programmes and share schemes. Commentators recognise his deep expertise and consider him to be an "excellent" practitioner.

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Band 3

Macfarlanes LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

According to market commentators, Robert Collard "is very good in share schemes. He is intelligent, academic and commercial. He is at the cutting edge of share schemes and he's easy to deal with." He advises listed and unlisted clients on all aspects of share schemes and incentives.  

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Band 3

Cooper Cavendish LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Co-founder of Cooper Cavendish LLP Karen Cooper is considered to be a "very good share plans lawyer." She advises a broad range of companies on employee benefit and remuneration issues.

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Band 3

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nicholas Greenacre heads the firm's practice. He is adept at dealing with multinational schemes. One source says he has "strong technical knowledge coupled with a pragmatic ability to reach an effective resolution," while another states that he "delivers consistently high-quality legal advice with a commercial focus."

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Cooley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Paula Holland of Cooley LLP is described as "excellent - she understands our needs and demands as second nature, and her speed of delivery is exceptional." She deals with equity incentives and executive compensation matters domestically and globally.

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Band 3

Postlethwaite Solicitors Limited

From the Chambers UK guide

David Reuben assists venture capital-backed, and smaller companies, on employee incentive issues. "He has good knowledge, thinks around issues and comes up with issues we hadn't necessarily thought about," comments a source.

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Band 4

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

Daniel Blum advises on cash incentive and share scheme arrangements, as well as employee benefit trusts. Sources comment: "He is very good at what he does and gives very detailed responses to questions." He also receives praise for his "good commercial view on things."

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Band 4

Osborne Clarke LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Carter heads the practice at Osborne Clarke. He assists a wide range of organisations, listed and private, with incentive and remuneration issues. A client reflects: "He did a really great job and was innovative on how to structure things."  

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Taylor Wessing LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ann Casey of Taylor Wessing LLP heads the firm's incentives group. She advises UK and international companies on tax and incentive issues.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say Matthew Findley "can communicate complicated issues in a straightforward way," and that "his wide and varied technical knowledge is first class." He joined the firm from Pinsent Masons in January 2016.

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Fieldfisher

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Gearing advises on a full range of employee share plans and on the tax implications of such plans. A client reflects: "His technical knowledge, support, patience and client service were all excellent."

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Band 4

Tapestry Compliance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Bob Grayson focuses on legal and tax compliance for share plans, incentives and employment issues. "He has a strong technical background, stays on top of current developments and has a strong client focus," says one source, while another adds: "Bob is excellent at facilitating a discussion to ensure that we fully explore all the options."

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Band 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

"Technically superb and practical problem solver" Alice Greenwell advises on executive remuneration arrangements and share schemes. "Alice is a class act. She is very practical," comments one source, while another adds: "Her advice is excellent, and her knowledge is thorough but comes with a pragmatic viewpoint too."

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers UK guide

Colin Kendon is head of the group and is a specialist in employee incentives. His client base includes listed and private companies. He is adept at working with technology companies on schemes and incentives.

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CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Graham Muir guides clients through a full range of employee share scheme issues. He is described as having "excellent knowledge around share schemes and tax implications," and "strong technical knowledge and attention to detail."  

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Postlethwaite Solicitors Limited

From the Chambers UK guide

Robert Postlethwaite works with listed companies on employee ownership and share schemes. Sources say he is "helpful, attentive and pleasant to work with," and add that he demonstrates an "excellent understanding of employee ownership."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers UK guide

Alexandra Beidas has strong experience advising investment banks and asset managers. She frequently assists on various aspects of employee incentives and works with financial institutions on remuneration matters.

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Lewis Silkin LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sara Cohen of Lewis Silkin LLP is praised for being "very effective in providing a solution," and for showing "strong technical knowledge and the ability to co-ordinate timely support."

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Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of Mishcon de Reya LLP's incentives team Stephen Diosi assists with global and UK employee incentive arrangements. A source comments: "I think he has got really good skills. He's very entrepreneurial and identifies new clients and opportunities."

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian Fraser of Simmons & Simmons LLP assists financial services firms, including leading global banks and asset managers, with remuneration and employee incentive issues.

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Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

Mathew Gorringe is adept at advising on international incentive implementation for global companies and working with public companies on employee incentive arrangements. An interviewee comments: "He has excellent technical knowledge and is very responsive."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers UK guide

John Papadakis of Jones Day has a diverse employee benefits practice, which covers share incentive and pension arrangements. "John is great. He is very good at providing a quick, efficient response," says a source. Another adds: "He is excellent all round, both technically and commercially."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers UK guide

Graham Rowlands-Hempel works on both employee share plans and executive incentives. He recently assisted with the preparation for Countryside Properties' flotation. 

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Mayer Brown International LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Stanger is an equity incentives consultant who has experience in employee share plans and other equity incentive programmes. Interviewees describe him as "a really pragmatic character and a very focused draftsman," who has "good technical knowledge."

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Up and Coming

Travers Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Elissavet Grout advises companies and individuals on company and employee incentives and tax.

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Associates to watch

Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very knowledgeable" Tair Hussain of Simmons & Simmons LLP advises on a diverse range of employee share scheme matters. "He is technically excellent, and is able to quickly grasp the fundamentals of an issue. What stands out most is his proactive nature and updates on progress, ensuring nothing is left unanswered," enthuses one source.

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Associates to watch

Tapestry Compliance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Hannah Needle advises clients in the financial services sector and has a particular focus on global share plans.

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Associates to watch

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Liz Pierson's expertise lies in advising companies on incentives and executive remuneration issues. "She works with pace and agility and ensures every detail is considered," enthuses one source, while another adds: "Liz is great with her responsiveness; her advice is clear and concise, and relevant to the topic."

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