100% employee-owned ourselves we talk from experience

About Us

We are a boutique legal practice specialising in employee ownership and are 100% employee owned ourselves.

Our experience from a wide range of commercial transactions and situations over the last 20 years ensures we stand by your side and ensure that what you do is fit for purpose, commercially sound and tax efficient.

We are specialists in both share schemes and employee ownership. Arguably, we have one of the most experienced legal teams in the country for employee ownership transactions, with 140 completions (as of Jan’24) and act as a specialist adviser to the Employee Ownership Association.

Our firm and lawyers are top ranked in our area of expertise by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

Why us?

Our Mission

Our Values

Our Team

Our process

We can help you identify the right employee share scheme or new ownership structure for your business, then work with you to ensure its successful implementation and launch. This might involve:

1
Analysis

A first meeting with you, without charge, to discuss your objectives and map out how you might achieve them, with a guide to the likely cost

2
Design

Design of your share scheme or transition to employee ownership: some more detailed planning of how it is going to work

3
Implementation

Legal implementation, preparing your employee share scheme or employee ownership documents, advice on taxation, liaison with HM Revenue and Customs as needed

4
Communication

Communication with participants, so that they understand how your share scheme works

Why us?

Choose us if you want the reassurance of working with a fully regulated law firm which asks all the important questions.

Our focus is on helping you find the right solution, then putting it in place. You will need a result that’s been carefully designed to achieve particular business objectives, not an off-the-shelf or commodity solution.

By engaging us you will benefit from

  • the combined knowledge and experience of the members of our team
  • our shared expertise derived from working with a diverse range of businesses in many different situations

We consider your immediate needs and also look at what could happen in the future

  • If you set up a share scheme and plan an eventual sale of your company, the buyer’s due diligence will include a thorough review of your share scheme to ensure it complies with tax rules and company law.
  • If you are planning to establish an employee ownership trust, you will need to consider what ownership pressures might arise in the future and how they can be addressed.

From the moment I was introduced to Postlethwaite…I knew we had the right solicitors to help us manage and negotiate the transition of TensCare to employee ownership. Postlethwaite solicitors were clear about the processes and benefits involved and upfront about their fees.

Neil Wright, Tenscare

Our mission

To help our clients build successful, world-class, sustainable businesses with an engaged workforce through the employee ownership model and to do the same in our own company.

To promote the employee ownership model for its positive social impact.

Our values

Looking after our clients

Trust

We create a relationship of trust with you so you feel confident in our advice and your dealings with us.

Clear Communication

We listen to you to understand what you want to achieve and provide our advice with clarity.

Responsive

We ensure that we are available to respond to your needs in a timely manner.

Value

Our clients value high-quality advice, our charges for which are competitive, reasonable and clear.

Professionalism

Our advice is practical, and solution-focussed, technically thorough and precise.

Working together at Postlethwaite

Positive purpose

We believe in the value of our work for our clients and are 100% employee owned ourselves.

Mutual support

We pool knowledge, help and support each other and work in a collegiate manner.

Communication

We are open about our business’ activities and place a high importance on communication within the firm.

Respect

Everyone has an important role to play and we ensure respect at all times.

Employee ownership and reward sharing

We are 100% employee owned and enable all our employee to share in our company’s profits and contribute as owners to our shared success.

Commitment to environmental sustainability

We consider the environmental impact of the way the business is run and factor it into our decision making.

They combine a magic circle level of expertise with a more personal service

Chambers
Robert Postlethwaite

To explore how employee ownership could work for your company, call me on 020 3818 9420.

ROBERT POSTLETHWAITE, MANAGING DIRECTOR

Charles BurgessCharles Burgess
18:19 09 Jun 24
We have recently made our firm, the most longstanding recruitment firm for the retail industry, an Employee Owned Trust. The service, guidance and support from this firm was outstanding. We would highly recommend them to anyone who wishes to convert to a trust or to enquire as to whether such a change would be worthwhile. The advice is clear and unbiased. Our firm is Retail Human Resources Ltd and if anyone wants to contact me, please feel free to do so. Search rhr.
Sam ThatcherSam Thatcher
08:04 18 Apr 24
Our experience with Postlethwaite has been nothing short of exceptional! We were instantly met with professionalism & expertise.As a company transitioning to an employee-owned model, and Postlethwaite navigated us through every step with clarity and efficiency. Their team's deep understanding of employee ownership structures ensured that our transition was seamless.They took the time to understand our unique needs and objectives Their proactive approach and attention to detail instilled confidence in us every step of the way.In summary, if you're seeking legal guidance for employee ownership or any other business matter, look no further than Postlethwaite. Their professionalism, expertise, and dedication make them the top choice for any legal needs.
Justin WilkieJustin Wilkie
16:28 27 Feb 24
We used Toby and his team for an EOT scheme , I have to say the attention to detail was fantastic and all the way through very pro active and responsive
flick learning ltdflick learning ltd
14:58 11 Dec 23
We have recently transitioned to an Employee Owned Business, with the help of David Reuben and Toby Locke. We were so pleased with how responsive and helpful both were throughout the process; they are clearly experts in their field. The transaction proceeded exactly as outlined at the beginning of the process, with everything explained in clear and concise language. The draft documents were produced very quickly and we hit our initial deadline for completion a few weeks early. Even following the completion of our EOT, Toby has remained in touch to ensure that all the necessary post completion milestones are finalised. You really get the sense that the firm are looking to do an excellent job and go the extra step to ensure everything is concluded properly. We would have no hesitation recommending Postlethwaite's to anyone looking to move to an EOT or setup a share scheme for their employees.
Hannah MannHannah Mann
15:34 27 Jun 23
Our company Garner Tackle formed an EOT back in 2019. We were guided through the whole process by Robert and the team at Postlethwaite's. From beginning to end the process was so easy, the team explained everything to us in a way we could understand. Over the last 4 years the changes to our business have only been positive, our staff are happier, more motivated and care deeply about the company and it's success. The move to become majority employee owned has been a complete success and we're so happy we used Postlethwaite's to advise and manage the process. Thank you 🙂
Simmons GainsfordSimmons Gainsford
08:26 20 Jun 23
We have worked closely with Postlethwaite Solicitors for many years and more recently on several EOT transactions. They are always responsive and timely in dealing with both us and our clients, and their advice is always clear, particularly when discussing some of the more technical tax issues. David Reuben is a pleasure to work with. He always goes above and beyond, and overall we consider the team at Postlethwaite Solicitors to be experts in the Employee Ownership field.
Stuart EdmundsonStuart Edmundson
06:15 02 Jun 23
David and Toby expertly guided us through an at times technical process with great knowledge, skill, pragmatism, patience and good humour. They hit all deadlines and communicated very well, clearly and quickly throughout. They are the go to experts in the EOT field. Extremely impressive and reasonably priced - highly recommended. Support staff good too. Many thanks to all at Postlethwaites.
David WalkerDavid Walker
07:21 19 May 23
We found Robert and the team to be very straight-forward, approachable and flexible in their dealings with our transition to Employee Ownership. It was a please to do business with them.
David WiseDavid Wise
16:34 17 May 23
Professional. Courteous. Well informed esp. on EO. The ability to ask tough questions with empathy. Always reply in a timely fashion. Safe hands.
Peter FreemanPeter Freeman
11:46 09 Feb 23
An excellent outcome and outstaying service from the team at Postlethwaite. Their advice at every stage was clear and they were first class in terms of demystifying what looked at the outset a rather daunting process.
Mike FaheyMike Fahey
15:54 01 Oct 22
We used them for an EMI scheme. Excellent to deal with, always very responsive, super knowledgeable and a quick turnaround. Highly recommend.
Nick DoyleNick Doyle
07:40 16 Sep 22
The team at Postlethwaite enabled Nikwax and Páramo to preserve our unique purpose-led values whilst building a sustainable future as we transition from being founder owned to an exciting employee-owned collective.  Nothing was too much trouble; complexities and challenges were solved with an efficient, collaborative and ultimately bespoke approach that worked for us.  Thank you for helping us to secure a special and exciting future as Partners in our business!
Anna JonesAnna Jones
11:53 14 Jul 22
My wife and I have recently transitioned our business into a 100% Employee Owned Trust.We both unreservedly recommend using Postlethwaite solicitors.Right from our initial contact with David Reuben it was clear that this was someone who listened carefully to our plans and explained what is a complex transaction clearly and concisely.David promised a turn key solution and that is exactly what he and his team delivered .As the process progressed, we were introduced to Jo Cunningham who's attention to detail and speed of reply to any question very often outside of normal working hours was amazing .The entire process was completed on time and under budget we were never rushed or felt under pressure. Postlethwaite really do deliver client satisfaction.In summary if you are looking to transact what may well be the biggest step in your company’s journey you need sound clear thoughtful professional advise, in our opinion you need Postlethwaite!Howard and Anna JonesJust Pudding Basins Ltd
Simon MellingerSimon Mellinger
12:38 26 May 22
Many thanks to David, Toby and the team at Postlethwaite for their impressive work on completing our EOT. Highly efficient and very easy to work with, they made the whole thing painless!
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