Associate

PQE: 2-5
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Practice area: Private Client
Location: Guildford
The Firm

Stevens & Bolton is one of the largest teams of lawyers in the South outside London and is independently recognised as one of the UK's leading national law firms with top quality clients and excellent work.

The working atmosphere in the firm is positive, supportive, relaxed but professional, and we pride ourselves on a taking a practical, considerate and collaborative approach with both clients and colleagues.

We want everyone at the firm to be happy and fulfilled in their career.  We provide opportunities for continuous learning, growth and development.  We also recognise that lawyers value the ability to work flexibly and have policies in place to facilitate this.   

The Role

A position exists for a technically strong, personable and ambitious lawyer, looking to pursue a career in our private client team.  The successful candidate will join one of the top ranked personal tax and trust teams in the South East outside London.

The Personal Tax, Trusts & Charities team consists of four partners and fourteen other lawyers/advisers and is highly rated in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.  A number of partners and lawyers in the team are recommended as leaders in their field, and the team has won two national awards in the past 12 months. 

Due to the expansion of the team and increased workloads there is an opportunity for an associate lawyer with between 2-5 PQE to join us. The team’s clients are spread throughout the UK and overseas and include clients in the Sunday Times Rich List.

The Personal Tax, Trusts & Charities team undertakes the full spectrum of private client work, key areas being:

  • Succession planning through Wills and trusts, including international/cross border estate planning
  • All aspects of inheritance tax, capital gains tax, and income tax planning as they apply to individuals and trusts
  • Probate and administration of estates and trusts, including domestic and international estates
  • Planning for non-UK domiciled clients and non-UK trusts
  • Tax planning for entrepreneurs and business owners
  • Advice to clients resident outside the UK
  • Establishing charities and providing advice to charities

There is plenty of opportunity for the right associate to build a career in this fast developing practice group.

Rachel Tavroges-Hunter, an associate who recently joined the team, comments: “The quality, variety and breadth of work appealed to me when applying for a job with Stevens & Bolton, along with the very high calibre of both colleagues and clients.  I thoroughly enjoy every day here – the work has definitely lived up to my expectations; every day is different meaning that I am learning a huge amount and the days are never dull!  Equally importantly, my colleagues also make it a truly enjoyable place to work.”  

Qualifications and Experience

We are looking for a strong team player with good inter-personal skills, strong academics and high quality experience – typically with a major City or leading national/regional practice.  Excellent communication skills are a must.  An appetite for business development would be a definite advantage.

Candidates should have a general track record in private client work. Prior exposure to the areas outlined above would be preferred, but this is not essential for the correct candidate.

We offer excellent supervision, coaching and training, but we expect all team members to take responsibility at an early stage and to want to be stretched and challenged.