Employee Incentives & Benefits

Share schemes and equity incentives can be a vital tool for any company in attracting, retaining and motivating employees. However, there are many legal and practical aspects to be considered when establishing and maintaining incentive schemes. If a scheme is to be effective, it must be consistent with the business’s overall strategy and stage of development. As the strategy evolves or the business grows, existing arrangements should be reviewed to ensure they remain fit for purpose.

There are many types of share based incentives available for both public and private companies. We typically advise clients on the effective structuring, design, implementation and on-going management of schemes.

The Employee Benefits team combines lawyers from our Corporate and Tax team as well as employment and pensions lawyers.

The Employee Benefits team is also home to our expertise in the area of Pensions, an area which can be a minefield for the unwary employer. We advise both employers and Trustees of pension schemes on the setting up and operation of different types of pension schemes, such as defined benefit or, increasingly, defined contribution schemes. We can advise you on the dissolution of pension schemes or help an employer through the difficulties of replacing a defined benefit scheme to defined contributions.


Our Services

  • Employee Share Incentive Schemes
  • Pensions Schemes
  • Save As You Earn Schemes
  • Approved Profit Sharing Schemes
  • Employee Share Ownership Plans
  • Employee Share Ownership Trusts
  • Unapproved Share Option Schemes
  • Restricted Share Schemes
  • Share Subscription Arrangements

To find out more about how we can assist you with your Employee Share Incentive Schemes please contact one of the team members shown adjacent.


Chambers & Partners, 2021

The team are "terrific people to work with as they are down to earth and give very practical advice".

Chambers & Partners, 2019

Highly regarded” team who are “excellent advisers” and provide “excellent guidance”.

Recent Work

  • Drafting a bespoke Share Option Scheme for a leading Dublin technology company.
  • Advised an employer on its obligations and options when terminating employees’ employment contracts in circumstances where those employees were entitled to share awards.
  • Analysed the impact of a US corporate spin off on the group’s Irish share incentive arrangements. 
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