Our People

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Robert Postlethwaite

Email: rmp@postlethwaiteco.com

Phone: 020 3818 9420


Founder of our firm and a regular speaker on employee ownership, Robert 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, then looking after all aspects of legal implementation
  • arranging ownership succession through transfers of ownership to employee trusts including tax-advantaged employee ownership trusts (EOTs)
  • putting in place all-employee share ownership plans
  • ownership models for the delivery of public services through employee-led mutual companies
  • communication – ensuring that both companies and participants understand how their share plan works
  • agreeing share valuations with HM Revenue and Customs

Robert is a member of 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 a Ranked Lawyer in his field in the 2018 Edition of Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.

David Reuben

Email: dgr@postlethwaiteco.com

Phone: 020 3818 9420


David is an experienced share scheme lawyer.  His main areas of expertise are:

  • advising all types of company on management incentives, ranging from cash bonus plans to more bespoke tax-efficient schemes where more conventional solutions may not be appropriate
  • on takeovers and refinancing, helping management and vendor shareholders ensure that their tax liabilities are minimised
  • where employment is being terminated, helping employers and/or employees minimise their tax liabilities
  • advising non-UK companies on creating share incentives for their UK employees
  • advising UK companies on extending their share plans overseas
  • ensuring that any merger, acquisition or company reorganisation in which a company may become involved  is structured to be compatible with the terms of its employee share plans
  • listing rules and takeover code
  • advice on uses of employee trusts and their tax treatment

David is a member of the Share Plan Lawyers Group.  David has an LLB in law with German from King’s College, London. He was an employee benefits partner at an international law firm in the City for many years, before moving to Postlethwaite in February 2010. He is a Ranked Lawyer in his field in the 2018 Edition of Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.

Judith Harris

Email: jdh@postlethwaiteco.com

Phone: 020 3818 9420


Judith looks after a number of clients needing advice on employee share schemes and commercial law.

Judith’s particular expertise includes:

  • helping companies design and implement new share option plans and other share plans
  • guidance on plan communication to employees and companies
  • liaison with HM Revenue and Customs
  • share Plan Annual Returns
  • commercial contracts

A graduate in law from the University of Manchester, Judith qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and worked for a number of years in the area of general company and commercial law, particularly for clients in the entertainment industry. She has been focussing on employee share schemes since she joined Postlethwaite in 2007. She is a Ranked Lawyer in her field in the 2016 Edition of Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.

Pam Farrance

Email: pjf@postlethwaiteco.com

Phone: 020 3818 9420


Pam is our Practice Manager. She has extensive experience of office management and general business management in manufacturing, financial services, travel and tourism, catering and hospitality and the charity sector.

Her areas of involvement and responsibility include the following:

  • Financial management
  • Practice development and client care
  • IT, office administration and premises management
  • General PA support to the team

It is all tackled with plenty of energy and enthusiasm.

Toby Locke

Email: tol@postlethwaiteco.com

Phone: 020 3818 9420

Toby is an experienced senior share schemes and employment tax lawyer.

He has over 10 years‘ experience specialising in employee share schemes and employment tax advice for a wide range of private and listed companies. In particular, he has advised on and implemented specialist incentive arrangements for many start-ups and VC backed companies. He also has experience of global share plans for larger international companies and more recently has worked on several Employee Ownership Trusts (EOT’s)

He graduated with a Batchelor of Laws from LSE in 1991 and has gained experience at a number of firms including DLA Piper, Deloitte and most recently Grant Thornton before joining the team at Postlethwaite.

If you would like to explore how employee ownership or an employee share scheme might be introduced in your company, please contact us for an initial discussion.

We are happy to meet at our offices without charge or commitment and will be very pleased to hear from you.