Share Incentives Lawyer (Part time or Full time) - no agencies

Term: Permanent
Department: Tax Group
Location: London
The Firm

Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on technology, finance & financial services and energy & natural resources.

Our growing European network of offices supports an international client base alongside our Silicon Valley, Beijing and Shanghai teams. Among our clients, we count social media sites and high street coffee chains through to pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices companies, energy suppliers, banks and FTSE 100 companies.

Clients choose to work with us because we deliver commercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions through our exceptional legal expertise and experience, on time and on budget.

We have more than 600 lawyers spread over nine locations, all providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs. We operate across our offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, China, Paris, Germany, Italy, UK, and the US - Silicon Valley. In the UK, we have approximately 700 people working in the London, Manchester and Birmingham.

The firm is growing rapidly and its revenue for 2016/17 was £165 million. The UK accounts for approximately 70% of the headcount.

We were the fastest growing UK law firm last year with 2016/17 revenue of £165 million and were named Law Firm of the Year at both the British Legal Awards 2017 and 2018.

The Team

The equity incentives team is friendly and open, operating at a high level whilst retaining a healthy respect for work-life balance.  The team sits within the Firm's larger tax and structuring group.

The work is split between advisory and transaction support. The team advises on the design, implementation and operation of all forms of equity-based incentive plans. These range from bespoke solutions for executives and senior management to cross-border, all-employee share plans. The practice has a diverse client base from small start-up technology companies to AIM listed plcs primarily in the life sciences and natural resources sectors.  Much of the work is international and the partners' expertise includes advising companies, particularly those from the US, on structuring their UK and European incentives.

The team also advises on all incentives issues relating to corporate transactions including M&A, IPOs and management buyouts, the latter often involving advice to management teams on their equity participation rights.

Responsibilities

This role will primarily involve advising on the establishment of new employee share and option plans including all forms of tax advantaged share plan. There may also be a requirement to support the Firm's corporate finance team on transactions.

The work will include advising on all the tax, corporate and regulatory aspects that impact share incentives as well as drafting all the documents necessary to implement the particular plan or arrangement.

The role will also involve some exposure to the team's work on employee ownership solutions and buy-outs, where the practice has particular expertise and a market leading reputation under the leadership of Graeme Nuttall OBE.

From time to time you may be expected to update the team on changes in legislation and guidance impacting share incentives, including contributing to blogs and social media and drafting client and internal updates.

Key Skills & Experience
  • Proven experience in share incentives gained in a City law firm
  • Strong academic history
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills
  • Team player
  • Confident in dealing with clients and colleagues at all levels
  • Genuine enthusiasm for the subject matter
  • An ability to think commercially and see the bigger picture

Please note Fieldfisher aims to ensure equality of opportunity and we are actively working towards improving the diversity of our staff.  All applications will only be considered on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role.