Robert Collard Partner

Rob specialises in employee share schemes and incentives and heads up the Macfarlanes remuneration practice. He advises both listed and unlisted clients on the design, operation and implementation of option plans and other employee share schemes (including the tax and regulatory aspects).

Rob also advises management teams and deals with the share schemes aspects of M&A transactions.

Rob has a wide range of clients but has a particular focus on the financial sector. His team covers all aspects of law relating to employee share schemes and incentives, including employment, tax, trust law and regulatory issues.  He has particular experience in tax efficient plans, including SAYE option plans, EMI options, CSOPs and SIPs. Rob also advises on the share schemes aspects of high profile international transactions. Rob is a member of the Share Plan Lawyers Group.

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"Robert Collard is an experienced and trusted adviser, and a robust negotiator."

Chambers UK 2023

"Rob Collard is an experienced leader, client focused, and solution-driven, with a sound understanding of EBT trustee considerations."

The Legal 500 2023

"Rob Collard was able to bring share scheme experience together with the financial service context and regulatory considerations. The combination is unusual and helpful."

The Legal 500 2023

"Rob Collard is a leading lawyer in employee share schemes. His corporate and commercial experience sets him apart."

The Legal 500 2023

"Robert Collard is "a very commercial and practical lawyer," according to sources. He leads the remuneration practice at the firm and works with a range of clients, including listed and unlisted companies."

Chambers UK 2019