Share Plans Lawyer – London or Manchester

Pinsent Masons
London or Manchester
Closing date
17 Mar 2023

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Vacancy Type
Solicitors – Private Practice
Contract Type
Practice Area
Employment & Pensions
Experience Level
2-5yrs PQE
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We are currently looking to recruit a Share Plans lawyer with 3-5 years PQE to join our London or Manchester office.

Candidate and role overview

We are looking for a bright and enthusiastic lawyer to join the well respected share plans and incentives team within the Employment & Reward Group at Pinsent Masons.

Share plans and incentives form part of our cross-practice group reward offering (remuneration, benefits and incentives), with particular focus on our global sectors.  In the current race for talent, share plans and incentives are key to recruiting and retaining employees of all levels. Executive remuneration continues to be high profile in the cost of living crisis and the Directors’ Remuneration Policies of the majority of listed companies are coming up for shareholder approval at AGMs in 2023.  

Our client base is very broad, ranging from multinational FTSE 100 companies to small companies owned by the original founder shareholders and VC backed companies.  This provides an interesting and varied workload, from setting up the first incentive arrangements for start-up companies, working with companies and our corporate colleagues on a variety of exit incentive arrangements, to advising clients who offer plans internationally in multiple jurisdictions, often together with our colleagues in offices outside of the UK.  We work with clients of all sizes structuring, drafting, implementing and then providing ongoing advice on the operation of all forms of share plans and incentives and associated employee trusts.  We support corporate colleagues on share plan and incentives aspects of transactions and our employment colleagues on the onboarding and departure of senior employees.

The team is listed in both Chambers and Legal 500 (Tier 2).

Share plans and incentives draw on a number of areas of legal knowledge: tax, employment, governance and regulatory, corporate and commercial. It requires drafting skills with a good eye for detail, an ability to communicate technical concepts clearly in plain English, an organised and practical approach, strong project management skills, the ability to deal with a range of people and personalities, and a sense of humour!

The successful candidate will:

  • have trained with a leading City or national law firm;
  • have experience of share plans and incentives in a transactional and/or advisory context, usually from a background within a tax, corporate or employment group;
  • have 3-5 years+ post-qualification experience;
  • be looking for a full-time position;
  • be based in London or Manchester office;
  • be willing and able to travel as required;
  • be willing to be involved in presentations to clients and contacts as part of our continuing drive to develop this area of our business.

What will we offer you?

  • We are a market leading, dynamic and growing global team who work together to produce outstanding results for our clients.
  • We invest in our team and have a first-class training and career development programme, monthly 121s, career discussions and biannual appraisals. Our training reflects our position as a market leader in communications and sourcing. Our training will assist you to develop as a specialist with valuable sector knowledge and the ability to deliver "best of breed" services.


Pinsent Masons won the ‘Best Talent and Inclusion’ award at The Lawyer Awards 2022 and is the only law firm named in the top 16 most inclusive businesses in Europe by the Financial Times Diversity Leaders Report. The firm is named amongst the top inclusive UK employers for the 16th consecutive year by LGBT+ equality charity Stonewall in its Workplace Equality Index and won the Legal Business ‘Law Firm of the Year’ award in 2021. Go to to view all of our global awards and nominations.

Should you require further details, please contact our in-house Lateral Recruitment Advisor Johenn Choi who can discuss the role and requirements.

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Pinsent Masons is a global 100 law firm, with over 3,400 employees operating from 27 locations throughout Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.  We have a long-standing reputation for delivering high-quality legal advice rooted in a deep understanding of the sectors and geographies in which our clients operate. Our global reach ensures that we are well-placed to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional matters across a full range of legal disciplines. The firm has significant multinational credentials in the financial services, energy, infrastructure, real estate, and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors.

We champion change and promote progress to make business work better for people. Pinsent Masons has embedded a range of diversity and inclusion initiatives to create an environment in which its people can flourish.

We stand out for our innovative approach to service delivery and believe that innovation flourishes in a diverse workforce. We are proud that in the same financial year Pinsent Masons was recognised as law firm of the year at the Legal Business Awards, we were also named the top employer for LGBT people by Stonewall, one of the top fifty employers for women and ranked 21st out of 700 companies by the Financial Times in their Diversity Leaders list. 

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