What sets us apart?

Practical commercial advice – We have a reputation for providing clear, innovative, commercial and practical solutions that meet the challenges faced by our clients.  “a set of lawyers who don’t tell you what you can’t do, but find a way for you to do what you need to do commercially.” (Chambers, 2015).

Doing the most challenging and complex work – Our team combines exceptional technical skills with the ability to think outside the box.  “This award-winning firm is considered to house one of the leading teams in the field of global and multi-jurisdictional employee incentives and share plans. The ‘experienced and pragmatic’ team impresses clients with its quality offering and breadth of expertise, and is commended for its ‘knowledge and insight into market practices.’” (Chambers 2013)

A passion for helping our clients – Being a supportive team member with an understanding of your needs, and seeing each client relationship as a long-term commitment. The proof is in our current client base: we have worked with 7 of the FTSE Top 10 and 38 of the FTSE 100, many of whom we have advised for over 15 years. We also advise 11 of the top 20 global banks and half of the top 20 asset managers. “The team gives the feeling of really wanting to engage with the company and understand what we are looking for. We have built up a strong relationship with them, because they are friendly and professional colleagues”. (Chambers 2015)

Plain language drafting – To convey complex technical issues and avoid any unnecessary jargon, ensuring that the details are as simple as possible. “The way they draft incentive plans is so much more accessible than any other firm I have worked with: you read it and immediately understand it”. (Legal 500 2015)

Innovative and versatile approach: We differentiate by being innovative. For example:

  • We continue to use technology and have introduced an on-line training video and module for companies to buy to use to train their employees and executives on the significant changes to the insider dealing rules. We run an insider dealing user group for companies where they can discuss market practice. 
  • We run our own incentives Twitter account to keep our clients updated. 
  • We provide on-line access to guides through our web based client knowhow site.  An example is our recognized guide to the remuneration rules.
  • We regularly hold workshops and training for clients. We differentiate ourselves by conducting surveys at our workshops which we then publish.

Global reach - We are a global practice with Incentives lawyers in over 20 countries. We continue to advise some of the largest global companies on the operation of their global share plans including: Citibank and Shire Pharmaceuticals.  “Linklaters LLP’s ‘very impressive’ practice assists a host of blue-chip clients and is well placed to supply global share plans services, benefiting from the firm’s international coverage and reputation.” (Legal 500 2011)

Having a voice –  Joining the debate and keeping clients up to date with changes to the law, wherever they may be, so you know exactly how you will be affected and can plan accordingly.