Linklaters and Clifford Chance top The Legal 500 in employee share schemes

Linklaters has been highly recommended among law firms specialising in employee share schemes, according to The Legal 500.

The annual guide to the UK legal profession and the country’s top lawyers is the result of nine months of research and is now in its 23rd year.

Linklaters’ blue-chip clients include Aviva, BAE Systems, Centrica, Diageo, National Grid, Serco and Vodafone, while standalone share scheme clients include Citi, Morgan Stanley and UBS.

Clifford Chance was also found to provide ‘excellent support’ and ‘easy-to-understand advice on complex issues’. Its standalone work has included advising Barclays on the design and implementation of a new all-employee global share purchase plan.

Clients rate the share schemes team at Allen and Overy as ‘excellent’. The firm acts for Interwoven and Thomson Reuters.

Meanwhile, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has a ‘really commercial’ employee share schemes practice, and is noted for its ‘practical advice and commercial approach’.†

In addition, Herbert Smith was found to provide ‘an excellent service’, giving ‘commercial advice in a user-friendly manner’.

Other leading law firms in the employee share scheme arena include: Hogan Lovells International, Slaughter and May, Ashurst, CMS Cameron McKenna and Norton Rose.

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