Associate/Senior Associate

PQE: 4 years +
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Tax
Location: Reading or Birmingham
The firm

A leading UK law firm with a network of offices from the South Coast to Scotland, working together as one national team. An innovative practice and the first top 100 law firm to achieve “Gold Standard” Investors in People, our values and culture are not just words on our website but are the heartbeat of the firm. The lack of barriers between departments, a real lack of hierarchy, zero tolerance for arrogance and pomposity makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.

The team

We have a thriving, dynamic three-partner tax team based in both Reading and Birmingham.  The work of our team can broadly be divided into four categories:

Corporate: a significant proportion of our work involves supporting our national team of over 100 corporate lawyers.  We commonly advise on the tax implications of private equity transactions and transaction structuring, M&A, tax planning for management teams, reorganisations and restructuring including debt restructuring and demergers and advice on joint venture projects.

Venture capital: we have one of the UK’s leading VCT/EIS tax practices and, as such, a significant proportion of our time is dedicated to advising investors and, in some cases, individual shareholders on their qualifying investments.  We structure and restructure investments to ensure compliance and frequently engage with HMRC to seek advance assurances and to pre-empt the impact of the continuously evolving legislative framework in this area.

Real estate: as a firm we employ over 200 real estate practitioners.  We support those practitioners by advising on stamp taxes, VAT, CGT, corporation and income tax, capital allowances and the CIS.  We regularly advise the firm’s impressive real estate client base on structuring complex development and investment transactions.

Employee incentives: we design and implement a broad range of employee incentivisation schemes.  We also advise on the exercise and restructuring of those schemes in the context of M&A and private equity deal structuring.

The role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Associate or Senior Associate to join our collegiate and highly respected tax team. Ideally, the candidate will be looking to specialise in Real Estate Tax matters, but the role will present opportunities to be involved in the full range of the department’s work.

The preferred candidate would have gained post qualified Tax experience at either a leading City or regional practice and have gained experience acting for a broad range of real estate clients including investors, developers and occupiers along with exposure to both the UK commercial and residential real estate markets.

Equal opportunities

Shoosmiths is a committed Equal Opportunities employer promoting equality of opportunity. This means that everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, whatever their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.