PQE: 1 year +
Term: Permanent
Salary: Competitive
Working hours: Full-time (9- 5:30 Monday - Friday)
Team: Tax
Location: Birmingham, London, Thames Valley or Solent
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 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 SDLT, LBTT, VAT, capital allowances and the CIS.  We have a large number of developer clients whom we structure development transactions for, giving rise to complex real estate project based tax issues.

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

Our dynamic and ambitious Tax team are looking to grow and recruit a Solicitor to join the team in either Birmingham, London, Thames Valley or Solent. We have a thriving practise, and you will have the opportunity to work closely with our award-winning Tax Partners on a full spectrum of work. You will assist on large, complex transactions, acting for high-profile clients.

You will ideally have completed at least one seat of your training contract in a specialist Tax team and spent the early stage of your career being exposed to complex Tax matters. We welcome applications from candidates that have had exposure to all areas of Tax, or have an interest in one particular specialism.

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.