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Employee share incentive schemes need to be designed and handled with care. They involve complex areas of law and there are multiple traps for the unwary. Advisers need to be expert in tax, corporate and employment law issues while adopting a highly commercial approach. Our lead lawyer for employee share incentive scheme advice is Suzy Giele

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Suzy Giele

Employee Share Incentive Schemes Solicitors

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We can provide employment tax advice in relation to employee share incentive schemes including:

  • tax planning for both employers and employees
  • compliance with payroll tax requirements and P11D issues and liaising with HMRC in relation to this
  • taxation of termination payments and benefits in kind
  • current HMRC policy in relation to employee tax and HMRC reporting requirements
  • tax treatment of internationally mobile employees and consultants providing services through personal companies and
  • treatment of managers’ shares in private equity arrangements

Employee Benefit Trusts

 

  • their establishment, funding, ongoing operation and termination
  • disguised remuneration considerations and appropriate documenting of arrangements between company and trustee
  • statutory tax-advantaged employee-ownership trusts
  • use of trust structures to optimise tax efficiency of share awards
  • breach of trust issues and exercise of trustee discretion and
  • impact of corporate transactions on trust arrangements and use of trust structure for post-deal incentives

Employment Law

  • negotiating and drafting the relevant provisions of executive contracts and compromise agreements
  • form and process of company policy
  • age discrimination issues
  • recovery of unpaid taxes
  • protection against claims post-termination and
  • use of effective communication materials for employees
  • advising on their impact on employee share incentive schemes including adjustment of share awards and on performance targets and
  • helping businesses prepare for a transaction including advance “health checks” and due diligence reports

Employment Law Remuneration Committees

  • their role under best practice requirements
  • considerations when exercising their discretion
  • appropriate consultation with key shareholders in relation to executive pay and
  • drafting appropriate minutes, board papers and shareholder communications

We can advise on the international aspects of employee share incentive schemes including advising companies on launching and operating their plans globally and co-ordinating reviews by overseas advisers in relation to this, as well as advising overseas parents on the extension of their incentive plan to the UK.

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