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Employee Share Schemes for SMEs 2017

14 Sep 2017
Travers Smith , London

This full day conference will help you decide whether to introduce an employee share scheme or deepen existing employee share ownership in your company.

With an increased choice of government approved models available, employee share ownership is the flexible and powerful business structure where employees buy or are gifted shares in their company. Creating employee owners in this way is achievable and can empower employees and drive growth. Employees’ ownership of shares in the company for which they work can be the tangible core of a culture of ownership and engagement. Binding dynamic, growing companies, are employees with a stake and a strong sense of that stake.

Key details

Date & time: 14 Sep 2017 09:00 - 17:00
Location: Travers Smith , London
CPD Hours:

Prices from

228.75 GBP + VAT - Chartered Director Rate
228.75 GBP + VAT - Fellow Rate
385.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
485.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate

Event manager:
Laura Jumnoodoo
Contact phone:
0207 766 8817

Who should attend

This one-day conference is designed for owners, company directors, finance managers and HR managers who are considering implementing an employee share scheme in their business, or who want to develop existing employee share ownership.

Four reasons to attend

  • Reach an informed decision about a scheme that works for you – Leave with a thorough understanding of the most suitable scheme to benefit your business and employees
  • Gain cutting edge insights from the experts – learn about the legal, tax and accounting implications that could impact your business from those who have experience
  • Receive practical guidance with an interactive programme – take part in interactive Q&As, panel discussions and a public surgery
  • Change the culture of your company – deepen existing employee share ownership and create a tangible core of engagement that will benefit your workforce


Malcolm Hurlston CBE, chairman, Employee Share Ownership Centre

Stephen Woodhouse Partner Pett FranklinWelcome and introduction

Malcolm Hurlston chairs the Employee Share Ownership Centre and its international arm, the World Centre for Employee Share Ownership. He founded the Centre in 1988. He is visiting professor at the University of Westminster. He is the chairman of Hurlstons, the leading political media and research consultancy, and of non-profits the Financial Inclusion Centre, Registry Trust and Irish Judgments. He is president of the Foundation for Credit Counselling (now t/a StepChange) which he founded in 1993. His work in financial services was recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours List 2013 when he was awarded a CBE.

Stephen Woodhouse, partner, Pett Franklin

Stephen Woodhouse Partner Pett FranklinShare schemes and succession planning

Stephen joined Pett Franklin as the third partner in the team in December 2013. Throughout his career, he has advised on tax with particular emphasis on employee share schemes and related remuneration issues, including share valuation. He has advised on both domestic and international issues and is an acknowledged expert on employee benefit trusts, where he has advised on assisting many companies to reach settlements with HMRC in relation to the EBT Settlement Opportunity. Stephen has advised extensively on pension planning.

Catherine Gannon, managing partner, Gannons

Alternatives to EMI

Catherine Gannon is a Solicitor and a Chartered Tax Advisor. She has been running her firm Gannons for 15 years overseeing year on year growth. Gannons is a boutique commercial law firm based in Holborn focused on private company commercial work. Overseeing a 20 percent growth year on year Catherine and the team are commercial, entrepreneurial and effective and very much tuned into real life. She is widely regarded as “very capable and practical”.


Liz Hunter, head of share schemes, Mazars

Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI)

Liz Hunter has over 20 years’ experience working in tax, particularly with entrepreneurial businesses and has spent the last 16 years specialising in share schemes and employee rewards. In addition to her extensive tax experience, she also holds a master’s degree in employment law. Having studied tax as part of her undergraduate law degree, Liz started her career with Coopers and Lybrand (now PWC) and then headed the tax department of a top 100 accountancy practice. In 2001 she joined Chiltern Plc (now part of BDO) to pursue her specialist share scheme interest in their equity incentives reward practice. Liz joined a specialist share schemes boutique as a director in 2009, before moving to Mazars in early 2014. Liz provides clients across all sectors with advice that is not only technically accurate, but is also practical and commercial and above all effective in maximising shareholder value and minimising tax risk, from early formative stage to exit and beyond. She has a particular passion for entrepreneurial game changers and companies with international equity awards. Unlike many legal advisers, Liz is adept at working with the needs of an entrepreneur and can condense complex legal matters into a one or two page visual. Liz also provides practical tools to help clients and their advisers and investors with the dilution/reward decision making and the communication aids to optimise the efficacy of equity awards. Liz also works with quoted international groups and smaller quoted companies and participates in the Quoted Companies Alliance share scheme experts group.

Robert Postlethwaite, managing director, Postlethwaite

Introduction to employee share schemes

Robert Postlethwaite is an employee share plan and employee ownership specialist with particular expertise in helping private and smaller listed companies find the right employee share plan to match their needs. He also specialises in arranging ownership succession through transfers of ownership to employee trusts and putting in place all-employee share ownership plans. Robert is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association, the Share Plan Lawyers Group and the Share Plan Committee of the Quoted Companies Alliance. A graduate in law from the University of Bristol, Robert was a partner in a national firm of corporate lawyers before founding Postlethwaite in 2003. He is described as a leader in his field in the 2016 edition of Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.

David Craddock, founder, David Craddock Consultancy Services

EMI Case Studies

David Craddock is a consultant specialising in employee share ownership and reward management, operating through his own business, David Craddock Consultancy Services, which he founded in 1997. He addresses all aspects of an employee share scheme project from design and implementation, tax and legal compliance to communication, administration and the ongoing maintenance of employee share schemes. He works with varied clientele ranging from major public limited companies with international share scheme considerations to smaller private concerns. David lectures regularly on employee share ownership matters and contributes to conferences and seminars worldwide, and is the author of Tolley’s Guide to Employee Share Schemes, The ICSA Employee Share Schemes Handbook and the employee share scheme sections of The Croner Reward A to Z Essentials of Pay and Benefits.

Colin Kendon, partner, Bird & Bird

SME share scheme case studies

Colin Kendon is head of the employee incentives and benefits team at Bird & Bird LLP. Colin drafts, designs and implements employee share plans and other incentive arrangements and advises on the incentives aspects of corporate transactions for a wide range of clients from private companies to multi-nationals with an emphasis on the technology and communications sector. Colin advises extensively on EMI plans, shares for rights and establishing employee share markets. Colin co-authored Internet Business: Commerce and Tax which contains a substantial section on share plans and share based arrangements for employees and managers of private companies in technology and e-commerce sectors.  He is a member of the Share Plan Lawyers Group and sits on several advisory committees of ifs Pro-Share.

Garry Karch, managing partner, RM2 Partnership

Gary Karch RM2 Partnership

Financing employee ownership

Garry Karch is a long-term employee ownership corporate finance professional. He is a co-founder of RM2 Corporate Finance, the corporate finance advisory affiliate of The RM2 Partnership. He brings over 25 years of employee ownership advisory and investment banking experience in the United States to RM2 Corporate Finance. During his time in the US, he served for many years on the ESOP Association’s Advisory Committee on Finance and was also a long-term member of the National Center for Employee Ownership. He has been a frequent speaker on structuring and financing employee ownership transactions throughout his career.

Nigel Mason, managing partner, RM2 Partnership

Employee Ownership Trusts

A mathematician by training, Nigel’s early career was in banking. He became interested in employee ownership and, in 1991, co-founded Capital Strategies, a corporate finance adviser specialising in employee buyouts. He was a member of the HMRC Advisory Group which designed the Share Incentive Plan and Enterprise Management Incentives, and led the employee share plans business of Equiniti from 2002 to 2009. From 2009 he was policy director for the Employee Ownership Association. In 2010, he founded a new consumer-owned energy supplier called Co-operative Energy, before returning to advising private companies on employee ownership as director of RM2.

Mahesh Varia, partner, Travers Smith

Beginner and advanced panel

Mahesh Varia trained at Travers Smith and is a partner and head of the employee incentives group. He advises companies, directors, trustees and employees on a wide range of issues, both in the context of corporate transactions and on a consultancy basis. Mahesh has been recognised as a leading individual in his field by the Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession. He is a member of the Association of Taxation Technicians and the Share Plan Lawyers Group.




Registration and breakfast


Welcome and introduction
Malcolm Hurlston CBE, chairman, Employee Share Ownership Centre


Introduction to employee share schemes
Robert Postlethwaite, managing director, Postlethwaite Solicitors


Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI)
Liz Hunter, head of share schemes, Mazars




EMI case studies
David Craddock, founder and director, David Craddock Consultancy Services


Alternatives to EMI
Catherine Gannon, managing partner, Gannons


Beginner panel
Chair: Mahesh Varia, partner, Travers Smith
Panellists: Colin Kendon and Nigel Mason




Share schemes and succession planning
Stephen Woodhouse, partner, Pett Franklin


Financing employee ownership
Garry Karch, managing partner, RM2 Partnership


SME share scheme case studies
Colin Kendon, partner, Bird & Bird




Employee Ownership Trusts
Nigel Mason, managing partner, RM2 Partnership


Advanced panel
Chair: Mahesh Varia
Panellists: Garry Karch and David Craddock


Conference close

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Prices from

228.75 GBP + VAT - Chartered Director Rate
228.75 GBP + VAT - Fellow Rate
385.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
485.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate


  • Travers Smith
  • 10 Snow Hill
  • London
  • EC1A 2AL

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