On the the face of it, this looks like a interesting step forward for the professional services market.

Stephens Scown LLP, the largest law firm to implement a scheme of this nature, will allow participating staff to have a stake in the business.

The scheme, popularised by the John lewis Partnership, can increase productivity in the workplace as well as reduce the 'us vs them' mentality.

In a profession where money talks, is this another weapon in a firm's arsenal for retaining and attracting the best talent?