Identifying an approach that matches the needs of the business

There are all sorts of good reasons for deciding to give or sell shares to your employees. But it’s a complex area and there are many different ways of structuring the arrangement. This is why you’ll need the input of highly-experienced corporate lawyers from a law firm like Scott-Moncrieff. We’ll advise on the approach that best serves your business objectives and we’ll do all the legal legwork so the process runs like clockwork. 

Why set up an employee share scheme?

You may want to provide an incentive for employees to perform better or you may be looking for a way of attracting or retaining good staff. If you’re a new business a share scheme can be an ideal way of supplementing initial salaries. And if you’re thinking of a management or employee buy-out a share scheme can be a great way of raising equity.

There are all sorts of corporate, tax and employment implications of setting up a share scheme – but you can leave all that to our experts. We’ll look after the whole process:

  • designing a scheme that fits your commercial priorities
  • assisting in implementing the scheme and communicating with employees
  • dealing with any implications arising from sales, acquisitions or listing.

What are the types of employee share schemes?

There are four main forms of share scheme:

  • approved share option scheme (CSOP)
  • unapproved share option scheme
  • enterprise management incentives (EMI)
  • share incentive plans (SIPs)

The first three involve the use of share options, which means people have a right to buy a set number of shares at a fixed price and within a specific time-frame. The fourth involves the employer giving a fixed number of shares free of tax and National Insurance contributions.

Because our corporate lawyers have managed share schemes across a wide range of business sectors and for business of all shapes and sizes all over England and Wales, we’re able to provide authoritative and clear advice. We’ll cut through the jargon and legal complexities to present you with a clear picture. And we’ll manage the whole process from beginning to end … so you’re free to get on with the important things. Our corporate solicitors serve clients throughout England, including London, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Leeds and Liverpool.

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