Employee Share Schemes & Incentives Department

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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. Areas of focus include reward and incentive structures. Strong capabilities across all employee ownership matters.

Strengths One client comments: "It is a leading law firm with a wide breadth of expertise," adding: "They support us very well."

Others describe the team as "intelligent, insightful, practical and friendly."

Interviewees add that the lawyers are "clear leaders in the field of employee ownership."

Work highlights Acted for HireVue on the UK incentives aspects of a transaction that involved The Carlyle Group acquiring a majority stake in HireVue.

Advised Dale Nazzari & Co on its transition to 100% employee ownership through an employee ownership trust.

Notable practitioners

Graeme Nuttall
is widely acknowledged to be at the forefront of employee ownership. He is regularly called upon to advise employee-owned businesses and aid start-ups in transitioning to an employee ownership model.
"He's excellent on strategic issues and has great authority on employee ownership matters." "He's brilliant." "He's a leader in servicing employee-owned companies."

Mark Gearing
frequently advises on all aspects of the creation and implementation of share schemes and incentive plans. His client base covers AIM-listed companies, including software firms.
"He is very able and helps unpick knotty issues." "He's skilled and lovely to work with."

Neil Palmer
has significant expertise in assisting companies with the creation of employee ownership models. His diverse client base includes architectural and financial services firms.
"He's knowledgeable, comprehensive, makes the process understandable and is genuinely a pleasure to work with." "He's an exceptional lawyer who is calm and forensic." "He creates an excellent working relationship."

Tamsin Nicholds
regularly assists clients with their share incentive arrangements. She is also experienced in employee ownership trusts.
"She's exceptionally experienced and is a very good technical lawyer." "She does really great work - she's thorough and very easy to work with."