How we can help

With rare expertise in the complex and multi-jurisdictional field of incentives, in its many forms and guises, we can help you to navigate through the details and construct the most suitable pay arrangements for your organisation. You’ll get the most current, best practice in the market. If you’ve got cross-border operations, you’ll get clear, relevant and targeted advice identifying the key differences between national regimes that you’ll need to consider, including due to Brexit.

Practical and timely commercial advice

There is no “one size fits all” approach to your questions. We have a reputation for providing clear, innovative, commercial and practical solutions that meet the complex and often unique challenges our clients face.


"First class technical knowledge combined with a pragmatic approach, understanding of tight deadlines, professionalism and humour."

(Legal 500, 2020)
"The team is very professional and gives very good, reliable advice, with practical solutions to the various issues that arise."

(Chambers 2019)
"They provide excellent, pragmatic and timely advice, and understand the need to balance technical advice with commerciality"; "Very commercially focused." 

(Chambers 2018)
"Very knowledgeable, provide great experience, give comfort and a sense of well-being that the advice is right." 

(Chambers 2017)


Doing the most challenging and complex work

Dedicated to finding solutions that meet your needs, our team combines exceptional technical skills and commercial acumen with the ability to think outside the box.


"Individuals are all technical experts and legally outstanding, but what sets them apart is their responsiveness, commercial nous and ability to crystallise legal issues to clear, accessible content." 

(Legal 500, 2020)
"Excellent individual team members but also a good team as a whole. The firm has excellent lawyers in all disciplines so is an excellent option for deals requiring expertise in share schemes as part of a bigger deal." 

(Legal 500, 2020)
"Responsive, engaging, commercial and superb technically." 

(Chambers 2019)
"Adept at advising on a full range of employee share schemes." 

(Chambers 2018)
"Highly responsive, dedicated and well-informed share schemes practice regularly handles incentive matters with international elements, and has particular strength in the financial services sector." 

(Legal 500 2017)


A passion for helping you

Your needs are paramount to us. We are a supportive team and see each client relationship as a long term-commitment.

The proof is in our current client base, which includes: 8 of the FTSE Top 10, over half of the FTSE top 20, 40 of the FTSE 100, 14 of the top 20 global banks and half of the top 20 asset managers. Many of these clients have relied on our team for nearly 20 years.


"Every person I have worked with on the Linklaters team is professional yet friendly and down-to-earth. They are a pleasure to work with because they take complex concepts and distil them into practical advice which gives clear reasoning and boundaries. They are also extremely responsive which is always appreciated." 

(Legal 500, 2020) 
"Technically strong practice, provides commercial and pragmatic advice, and preceded by strong reputation in the market. Great team to work with where there is a sense of authenticity and connection with the individuals you’re working with." 

(Legal 500, 2020) 
"The team is highly committed and totally focused." 

(Chambers 2019) 
"Lots of flexibility and really good at helping with design solutions. We can’t praise them highly enough."  

(Chambers 2017)


Clear communications and approachability

Tailoring advice to your particular circumstances, we convey complex technical issues concisely, avoiding unnecessary jargon to ensure that the details are clear and to the point.


"The team at Linklaters are able to break down legal issues and explain them to all levels in the organisation in an incredibly clear and concise way. Their knowledge and work ethic is second to none. Having just gone through a very complex merger with a large number of legal challenges, their ability to break down complex legal issues and explain them to the reward team was very useful. We are very confident in this team and putting them in front of senior executives is never a risk, they always excel and are spoken highly of across the organisation."

(Legal 500 2020)
"Their advice is clear rather than very legalistic." 

(Chambers 2018)


Innovative and versatile approach

Differentiating by being innovative. For example:

  • Using technology to enhance our client service. This includes our e-learning courses on insider dealing and identifying inside information, which companies can use to train their employees and executives on these onerous rules.
  • Running our own Employment & Incentives Twitter account to keep our clients updated.
  • Providing on-line access to guides through our web-based client knowhow products. Examples include a global remuneration guide for financial institutions and online interactive directors’ remuneration report toolkit which guides you through the plethora of rules around both the design and disclosure of directors’ pay.
  • Regularly holding webinars, workshops and training for clients. We further differentiate ourselves by conducting surveys (both at our workshops and as stand-alone exercises) on topical issues and upcoming developments for the participants’ benefit.
  • Running an insider dealing user group for companies, which has become a useful forum to exchange ideas on implementation and discuss market practice.
  • Holding roundtables for general counsel and non-executive directors to discuss and share views on market practice and proposed changes. Examples include our roundtables on the government’s executive pay and corporate governance reforms.
  • Facilitating networking for user groups in the financial services sector (including asset managers), to bring them up to date with developments and discuss topical issues.

Global reach

We advise large global companies and leading entrepreneurial organisations on the operation of their global share plans and incentive arrangements, including: Citibank, GlaxoSmithKline and Deutsche Post.


"The excellent department is noted for its global share plans expertise." 

(Legal 500, 2018)


Having a voice
We join the debate and keep you up to date with changes to the law, regulations and market practice. You will know exactly how any changes will affect you and can plan accordingly.