Wedlakes hires new head for its share scheme team

Wedlake Bell has appointed a new head to its share scheme team from Field Fisher Waterhouse-owned company Equity Incentives

Ruth Wooffindin was previously co-head of Equity Incentives with Field Fisher tax partner Graeme Nuttall. The company was launched just six months ago after Field Fisher acquired the share plans practice of Capital Strategies, where Wooffindin was a director.

Her role involved coordinating and offering a broad range of share scheme services to clients, ranging from start-ups to FTSE and multinational companies. She is a qualified solicitor.

Her move to Wedlakes’ share scheme team follows that of Clifford Chance lawyer Scott Redpath. The practice is being grown to complement Wedlakes’ other services, particularly in the corporate and investment funds sectors.

Wooffindin said: “Share schemes are increasingly a hygiene factor for today’s companies who need expert advice in a range of areas, such as who should participate, how much they should receive and what the best plan is for the company, before moving on to to the areas more traditionally associated with law firms, such as legal drafting and tax.

“The expertise and experience of our team means that we can offer these broader services while retaining the expert legal and tax advice under the same roof.”

Wooffindin will also be working with HR consultancy Norcosse Bell, with which the firm has an association, and its Guernsey office to provide a broad offering.