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Postlethwaite Solicitors Limited

UK 2023
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Provided by Postlethwaite Solicitors Limited
UK

Directors: Robert Postlethwaite and David Reuben

Number of lawyers: 5

AREAS OF PRACTICE  

-Employee Ownership

-Employee Share Schemes

INDUSTRIES  

-Aerospace & Defence

-Financial Services

-Food & Drink Producers

-Health Care

-Industrial Engineering

-Media

-Mining & Metals

-Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

-Professional Services

-Real Estate

-Retail

-Software & Computer Services

-Technology, Hardware & Electronics

-Telecommunications

-Energy

-Utilities

THE FIRM 

Based in Central London, Postlethwaite is a niche practice, specialising in employee ownership and employee share schemes. Founded by Robert Postlethwaite in 2003, it is now recognised as one of the leading firms in the UK in this area, and has a reputation for excellence. The firm has five lawyers and has clients throughout the UK and overseas.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK  

Employee ownership transactions, from design to implementation and beyond, including:
■ Design of share ownership arrangements (for UK and non-UK owned organisations)
■ Structuring arrangements for succession, especially using employee ownership trust tax reliefs, in relation to which the firm is widely regarded as a market leader; and
■ Implementation of share ownership arrangements

Employee share schemes and all ancillary aspects, including:
■ Advice on the structure, design and implementation of EMI schemes, CSOPs, Growth Shares, JSOPs, Share Incentive Plans and other bespoke forms of share scheme
■ Internationally mobile employee and cross-border issues
■ Agreeing company valuations with HMRC for share scheme purposes
■ Share scheme aspects of mergers and acquisitions and other corporate events; and
■ Share scheme administration

RECENT WORK 

The design and implementation of an ownership succession plan which involved the acquisition by an employee ownership trust of 100% of the shares in a firm which provides transport planning and infrastructure design services. Postlethwaite advised on all the legal and taxation issues, designing an employee ownership trust structure which matched the practical and commercial needs of the company and its then shareholders. The firm also helps the company communicate to its employees how this new ownership works.
Client: Markides Associates Ltd
Contact: Robert Postlethwaite, [email protected] or Judith Harris, [email protected]
Tel: 020 3818 9420

The design and implementation of an ownership succession plan involving the acquisition by an employee ownership trust of 100% of the shares in a firm which is a leading specialist in the treatment and removal of Japanese Knotweed. The project involved designing an employee ownership structure which matched the practical and commercial needs of the company and its then shareholders and then covered the full legal implementation, advising on all legal and taxation issues and documentation. This enabled the founders shareholders to preserve the company’s independence, transfer ownership to the employees and realise the value of their shareholdings.
Client: Environet Limited
Contact: Robert Postlethwaite, [email protected] or Toby Locke, [email protected]
Tel: 020 3818 9420

The design and implementation of ownership succession plan involving acquisition by employee ownership trust of 100% of the shares in a firm which is a design and art direction agency working across all forms of media. The project involved designing an employee ownership structure which matched the practical and commercial needs of the company and its then shareholders and then covered the full legal implementation, advising on all legal and taxation issues and documentation. This enabled the founder shareholder to preserve the Company’s independence, transfer ownership to the employees and realise the value of the shareholdings.
Client: Neighbour Communications Limited
Contact: David Reuben, [email protected] or Toby Locke, [email protected] or Judith Harris, [email protected]
Tel: 020 3818 9420

The firm established the share option plans for Compass Pathways Limited, which was subsequently floated on NASDAQ in Autumn 2020.
Client: Compass Pathways PLC
Contact: David Reuben, [email protected] or Toby Locke, [email protected]
Tel: 020 3818 9420

The establishment of EMI, LTIP, Growth Shares and other types of share scheme, including advising on terms, preparing all scheme documentation, including corporate approvals, agreeing valuation with HMRC, where appropriate, and advising on scheme administration, for numerous companies, based in the UK and overseas.
Client: Many and various
Contact: David Reuben, [email protected], Toby Locke, [email protected], or Judith Harris, [email protected], Robert Postlethwaite, [email protected]
Tel: 020 3818 9420

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Postlethwaite Solicitors Limited rankings

UK Guide 2023
UK-wide
Employee Share Schemes & Incentives: Employee Ownership
1 Department
2 Ranked Lawyers
Department
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Employee Share Schemes & Incentives: Employee Ownership
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Lawyers
1
David Reuben
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Band 1
1
Robert Postlethwaite
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Band 1