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British Isles symposium 2020 (postponed)

Date March 26, 2020

The Esop Centre’s fourth British Isles share schemes symposium which was due to be hosted by Linklaters  at its London offices on Thursday March 26 2020 has been postponed till the autumn.  Anticipated re-schedule date of October 15 2020 is to be confirmed.




The programme will be divided into three sections:

Section one will be dedicated to key aspects of tax-approved all-employee plans, share plan regulation and the Centre’s campaign for the Crown Dependencies.

In section two we’ll examine the changed criteria for the vesting of executive equity incentives; how best to deliver them, hemmed in as they are by increasing regulation, a hostile public mood and changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code.

Section three will be devoted to employee equity arrangements for SMEs, whether privately owned or listed on AIM or similar.


Expert speakers include: Colin Kendon of Bird & Bird; Stuart Bailey of Computershare; David Craddock of his eponymously named Consultancy Services; Martin MacLeod of Deloitte;  Jennifer Rudman of Equiniti; Garry Karch of Doyle Clayton; Jane Jevon of Pett Franklin; Robin Hartley of the Rm2 Partnership; Claire Prentice of Travers Smith; Damian Carnell of Willis Towers Watson and Harry Meek of sponsor Linklaters.


Centre chairman and founder, Malcolm Hurlston CBE will welcome delegates asking How should all-employee share plan schemes be re-set to make them more popular with companies and employees? before introducing keynote speaker City of London Alderman & Sheriff, professor Michael Mainelli who will speak on inequality – thoughts from the frontline of Long Finance.

The programme includes: Employee equity plan case studies; How do you ensure that all employee plans (Sharesave and SIP) continue to be relevant and provide benefits for today’s workforce?; Effective Global equity plans; CSOP, the forgotten discretionary share scheme; unlocking its potential and avoiding its hidden pitfalls; The Esop Centre’s campaign for the Crown Dependencies; Hard and soft law changes affecting directors’ remuneration; The changing landscape of investor and corporate governance expectations; Top pay, incentives and the pressing ESG agenda; Is executive reward a racket?  (panel discussion); Why the Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) is booming; The EOT Structure in March 2020 – where we are now; Valuing SMEs, so that shares can be issued; Growth Shares: curing share scheme malaise with synthetic exits.

Please see the event brochure for draft programme and further details.


Delegate prices:

Practitioner Centre members: £395     Practitioner non-members: £595

Trustee Centre members: £330      Trustee non-member: £530

delegates from plan issuer companies will be admitted free of charge.

All attendance fees quoted above are subject to UK VAT rates


A buffet lunch will be provided and participants will be invited to a drinks reception following the symposium. The Centre thanks Linklaters for hosting the 2020 British Isles symposium.

To reserve your place at the symposium please contact the team at esop@esopcentre.com or call  +44 (0)207 562 0586


All bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.


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March 26, 2020
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The Esop Centre
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