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Masterclass: Protect your code, equity & assets when hiring for your startup

Your startup will always be judged by the quality of your team. Whether you're speaking to a potential customer, investor or journalist, your operations and team will always be scrutinized in great detail. And quite rightly - getting the dynamics of your team right can be the difference between exponential growth.... or none at all.

Further, the design of your equity scheme will impact on most of the important decisions you'll make in your company. It's vital to get this right or you could pay the price if one of your team decides to leave or when you exit the business.

We realise the options for building your team are multiple and each comes with its costs and benefits. To help you make sense of the best options when you start building your team, or review your current situation, we're putting together a Masterclass aimed at anyone that's ever going to have to hire anybody.

You'll find out:

  • What's the difference to your company when hiring a freelancer as opposed to an employee? How do you protect your core IP if you hire contractors?
  • How can you vet candidates in the most cost effective way before offering them the job?
  • What do you need to consider if you're thinking of hiring someone from abroad?
  • What are the current market rates for senior team members and how do you incentivise your staff to perform and stay with you long term? How do you design effective quity schemes?
  • How can you use online talent and platforms such as Elance to scale your team at low cost and high speed?


3pm Doors open

3:15pm Eric Burrow, HR Insight
Eric's presentation will cover the choices that you have when bringing anyone new on to your team.
Which contract should you use in which circumstances?
How do you make sure you've covered all the
What is the cost of getting it wrong?

3:45pm Michelle Chance & Andrew Tingley, Kingsley Napley
Everything you need to know about Recruitment Law & Immigration
Michelle and Andrew will bring their wealth of knowledge and cover very practical things that everyone can do to hire the best people on the best terms:

  • How to use social networks to vet job applicants
  • What you need to consider if employing someone someone from outside the UK

4:15pm Break

4:30pm Guy Pritchard & James Seechurn, Radford
Guy & James are experts in knowing how much you should be paying your staff (including those all-important developers) to attract the very best talent, keeping them happy and incentivised to continue doing great work for you. Their presentation will cover:

  • Reward roadmap for fast-growing businesses
  • Compensation data and trends in London
  • Retaining and engaging your top talent

5pm Networking & clinic sessions
Speakers will be available to spend 5 minutes with attendees on a one-to-one basis discussing specific issues.

About our speakers

Eric Burrow, Principal Consultant, HR Insight
Eric Burrow is a Principal Consultant at HR Insight based at our Hayes Office. Eric has over 20 years of experience in management and HR in the distribution, financial services and consultancy sectors. Whilst he has continuously advised on employee relations issues in businesses, he has also worked on major recruitment, training and competency-led projects in the UK. Whenever working with clients, he strives to provide straight-forward, practical solutions which are easily understandable and meet the needs of the business.

Michelle Chance, Partner, Kingsley Napley LLP
Michelle is a highly experienced employment and partnership lawyer. Chambers 2010 describes Michelle as" having experience of international employment arrangements, FSA regulations and restrictive covenants." The Legal[masked] describes Michelle as "well regarded" for partnership law.

Michelle advises corporate clients on disciplinary and grievance matters, maternity issues, restrictive covenants, protection of confidential information, managing under-performance and age discrimination. She has advised on partnership mergers, team moves, managing out under-performing partners, partners' retirement terms and partnership moves, as well as drafting partnership deeds and LLP members' agreements.

Andrew Tingley, Partner, Kingsley Napley LLP
Andrew has over 6 years of experience in advising on all areas of UK immigration and nationality law and has particular expertise in complex applications, appeals and those which require the exercise of discretion by the UKBA.

Andrew frequently provides training on behalf of ILPA, HR organisations and is a regular conference speaker. He was Secretary of ILPA from 2010-2011. Andrew is listed as “up and coming” and “one to watch” in the latest edition of the Legal 500.

Guy Pritchard, Associate Partner, Radford
Guy Pritchard has 10 years of compensation consulting experience, including experience in the design of equity schemes, and other executive and senior management remuneration strategies. As Associate Partner at Radford, Guy has responsibility for leading client engagements with companies through the European region.

Prior to joining Radford, Guy was a Senior Consultant within Hewitt's UK Executive Compensation Practice, where he worked with management and remuneration committees on a broad array of executive compensation issues. His clients included both small private and large public organizations.

James Seechurn, Radford
James has been with the Radford team for over a year and has been involved in various aspects of consultancy including benchmarking, sales compensation, and the design of analytical tools.

Prior to joining Radford, James had worked for three years as an accountant and also worked with Aon Hewitt in the Executive Compensation team.

James is a Bachelor of Arts in the field of Accounting & Finance and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This was extremely valuable to me as an entrepreneur. Hugely valuable information from 3 top employment lawyers and 2 other employment consultants. Hopefully this will help prevent me making some very expensive mistakes when employing people in the future.

    June 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first masterclass, I work in a tech startup and we are currently employing people from various backgrounds so I thought the outline looked interesting. I was really impressed with the presenters, the information was interesting relevant and useful. Thanks so much for organising it Olga! I will be back again.

    June 14, 2012

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