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Fieldfisher is a law firm with extensive expertise in advising, creating and sustaining employee ownership solutions for a wide range of businesses.

We are at the forefront of the drive to make employee ownership mainstream in the UK and elsewhere, offering real and exciting alternatives to the traditional business structures in the market.

Our employee ownership specialists provide expert legal, tax and structuring advice for those wishing to establish and maintain employee owned businesses.

We pride ourselves on our practical, non-nonsense advice, backed by our deep understanding of the complex legal requirements and 10+ years of advising on employee ownership transactions.

Head of practice, Graeme Nuttall, as the government's independent adviser on employee ownership, set the agenda for employee ownership in the UK with "The Nuttall Review of Employee Ownership" in 2012.

This seminal paper sets out a vision for UK businesses, where as a former government minister put it, "a big chunk of the company belongs to a significant number of staff".

We are committed to delivering the spirit of the Nuttall Review by advising flagship employee-owned organisations on maintaining their structures, and working with start-ups and growing companies so that they too can benefit from employee ownership.

We are also leaders in advising on public service mutualisations as a way to transform public services. 

 

Notable deals / highlights

  • Advised Paradigm Norton, financial planners, on their move to employee ownership. You can see Paradigm Norton's perspective on introducing employee ownership and how the EO model works when you have a workforce of highly motivated and energised employees looking to build a career in their business in Paradigm Norton's video and guide: 'Our Road to Employee Ownership'.  In the video, staff give their perspective on employee ownership and how a secure and sustainable business model is great for employees and clients.

  • Advised organic vegetable box delivery business, Riverford Organic Farms, on its move to employee ownership.
    This puts a controlling interest in the company in the hands of an employee ownership trust, which holds the shares for the benefit of employees.
    The company's decision to move to employee ownership attracted significant media attention and the BBC sent a camera crew to Riverford's Devon farm to witness the 600+ staff becoming employee owners.

  • Advised design and architecture studio, Morey Smith, on its move to 100% employee ownership.

  • Advised Hodge Jones & Allen (HJA), a London-based, social justice-focused law firm with 230 employees, on its move to employee ownership.

  • HJA credited the Fieldfisher employee ownership team for our expertise and ability to "navigate through what was a fairly complex transition with ease".

  • Advised award winning architects, Alford Hall Monaghan Morris, on its successful move to employee ownership.

 

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