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Macfarlanes LLP

Work Department

Tax and Reward


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.


Trained Macfarlanes; qualified 1997; partner 2006


Share Plan Lawyers Group; ESOP Centre.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Employment > Employee share schemes

(Leading individuals)

Robert CollardMacfarlanes LLP

Large listed and private companies, trustees and start-ups turn to Macfarlanes LLP for assistance with the design, implementation and operation of employee share plans and incentive arrangements. In addition to its growing presence in the financial services sector, the group is noted for its expertise in linking ESG metrics to performance-based remuneration, which makes it a popular choice for private equity houses and fund managers. Heading the team is Robert Collard, who is ‘able to bring share scheme experience together with the financial service context and regulatory considerations’. Rasmus Berglund, who was made partner is May 2022, is another name to note.