Share Incentives

Motivate and retain your top performers through competitive pay packages and share incentives, and keep everyone focussed on your long-term growth. Our skill is in helping you to navigate your way through the choices and decide on a plan that works best for your company.

Selecting your share plan

Key to the best and most competitive pay packages in many sectors is share incentives, whether stock options or shares. We advise on all four of HMRC’s tax-advantaged plans, also referred to as their “approved plans”. These are:

  • Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI)
  • Company Share Option Plans (CSOP)
  • Share Incentive Plan (SIP)
  • Save as You Earn Option Plans (SAYE)

As well as these HMRC tax-favoured plans, we can advise you on equity incentive plans that give tax advantages, but are not one of the four plans above – such as:

  • Growth Share Plans and Target Share Plans
  • Nil-Paid or Deferred Share Plans
  • Joint Share Ownership Plans (JSOPs)
  • And many others, including Phantom Options, Unapproved Option Plans and Flowering Share Plans

Designing your share plan 

Having helped you select the plan that’s right for you, we then work with you to design it. We help you determine the right vesting period and the right performance conditions or KPIs ,and help you to link the vesting to the performance conditions. 

Share plan implementation

Alongside specialist share scheme lawyers, we can then put the plan in place including all legal drafting, tax advice and reporting and share valuation. This includes agreeing that value with HMRC where this is possible.

Share valuation 

Key to most equity incentive plans is valuing for tax purposes the company’s involved shares. We can prepare these valuations, whether or not we are implementing your plan. We can also value options and share incentives for accounting purposes as required by UK and international accounting standards such as FRS102 in the UK.


An important but dull task is the annual essential online reporting to HMRC. We can do that for you, taking that headache away. 

Employee ownership 

Many studies show that companies with increasing employee ownership are more productive, profitable, competitive and sustainable. Where the situation is right for you and your company, we can help you transition to employee ownership as part of your succession plan. We can steer you through the choices, including using the government’s tax-favoured vehicle for facilitating this, the Employee Ownership Trust.   

Get in touch and let’s make your employee benefits top-shelf.

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Chris Blundell


Chris has almost 30 years experience in the field of tax advice having joined what was then the Inland Revenue from Manchester University via BT. Since then in his time at both KPMG and Ernst and Young, he has worked with businesses large and small, listed and private, UK-based and international.

He has worked with companies and organisations in all sectors: large insurance companies, international technology companies and hotel and leisure companies to name a few. He heads up the Technology group in London and works with Technology companies large and small on all tax and financial matters that affect such companies at different stages of their growth cycle. He advises his clients on all manner of UK and overseas taxes that affect them and their employees through their employment of staff, both senior and junior. Issues like share incentives, the operation of PAYE, the application of National Insurance, the Construction Industry Scheme and company car fleet taxation are familiar territory for him.

Chris joined Maclntyre Hudson in 2011 from Mazars LLP where he headed up their London Employment Tax Services team. He is a Chartered Tax Adviser and a member of the Chartered Institute of Tax.

Outside work he has the cross to bear of being an avid supporter of West Ham football club. He carries this burden with characteristic equanimity and good humour.

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Patrick King

Tax Partner

Patrick is a Tax Partner and Chairman of MHA MacIntyre Hudson's Tax Steering Group as well as our national associations Tax Strategy Group, leading a team of specialists to ensure clients have access to the very best in compliance services and tax mitigation solutions. Patrick's own specialisms are capital tax planning for individuals, corporate restructuring, remuneration planning, profit extraction/repatriation and increasingly, international matters. He also advises clients on the tax implications of buying and selling their business. 

Patrick is a keen swimmer and occasional free diver,who still competes! He is an advocate of “anything worth doing, is worth doing well”.

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