Christian Wilson

Partner – Corporate

Christian Wilson

Christian Wilson

Partner – Corporate

Christian is a specialist Employee Ownership Trust lawyer and is ranked a Leading Individual in Legal 500 and a Notable Practitioner in Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession. Having supported owner managed businesses through the trials and tribulations of trade sales and management buy-outs, Christian now predominantly supports companies considering a transition to employee ownership.

Having led the project to take the first law firm in the UK into a model of employee ownership Christian’s work includes supporting other law firms to become employee-owned in the highly regulated world of law firm ownership and management.

In the last year alone Christian has worked with, advised and supported over 30 companies to consider, begin and complete their succession into employee ownership.

Christian is an independent trustee of three EOTs and has been chair of several charities and was a non-executive director of the Eden Project.


"Christian Wilson has been very approachable and willing to answer questions from all staff regarding employee ownership. He has been extremely supportive to us all throughout the process. He has given us all as much time and support in the transfer to employee ownership as each individual required."
Legal 500 2022: Leading Individual

"Christian Wilson acts for a variety of clients in the corporate sector, with specialist expertise in employee ownership matters. He is approachable and someone you can comfortably work with."
Chambers 2021: Notable practitioners

"Christian made what could have been a stressful and tedious process feel well-managed and enjoyable. Not only incredibly professional but clearly a thoroughly decent individual who was a pleasure to spend time with during the transaction."
Legal 500 2021

"always calm and measured with a very reassuring manner."
Chambers 2019

"A ‘tough, results-driven negotiator,’ Christian Wilson has spearheaded the department’s burgeoning employee ownership practice."
Legal 500 2018


  • England & Wales


Employee Ownership Trusts and business succession


    • Admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales (2005)
    • LLM
    • LLB (Hons)


  • Stephens Scown LLP
  • Coodes LLP


    • Legal 500 2022: Leading Individual
    • Chambers 2021: Notable Practitioner
    • Legal 500 2021: Leading Individual

Christian says...

My focus for most of my career has been helping owners to obtain a successful exit from their company through a trade sale or management buy-out. Since 2016 I have spent more time focussing on supporting companies that want to achieve a successful transition to an Employee Ownership Trust. I have worked with small companies (under 10 employees) and larger companies (over 800 employees) and companies in all types of sectors from law firms and accountants to retailers and manufacturers and all have found that an EOT was a succession option that far exceeded their expectations. In providing support to companies and founders thinking about succession, I aim to provide the highest level of support and reassurance in what is probably one of the most important times in a founder’s life and their company’s development.