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 118 completions to date* 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:


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


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


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


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 you build a successful, world-class and sustainable business through employee ownership and engagement in success, and to do the same in our own company.

Our values

Looking after our clients


We create a relationship of trust with you so that 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 we provide our advice with clarity.


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


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


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 ourseleves.

Mutual support

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


We are as open as we can be about what is happening in our business and place high importance on communication.


We recognise that everyone has something to contribute and therefore we ensure we listen and respect each other’s views.

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

Robert Postlethwaite of Postlethwaite Employee Ownership & Share Schemes Solicitors

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


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!