Senior Associate – Private Client

PQE: 6 years +
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Private Client
Location: London
Company background

Penningtons Manches Cooper is a leading UK and international law firm which provides high quality legal advice tailored to both businesses and individuals. We address the specific objectives of each client through our flair and technical expertise and offer a personal service founded on a strong team ethic.

Today, we have UK offices in the City of London, Basingstoke, BirminghamCambridge, Guildford, Oxford and Reading while our growing overseas network stretches from Asia to America through our presence in Singapore, Piraeus, Paris, Madrid, Sao Paulo and San Francisco. With 141 partners and over 850 people in total, our main areas of practice are dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, real estate, private client and family.

We have established a strong reputation in a variety of sectors, particularly private wealth, shipping, technology and property. Our lawyers are also recognised for their expertise in life sciences, education, retail, sports and entertainment and international trade. In these areas, we're acknowledged for our unparalleled market insight.

By joining forces with the partners and staff of Thomas Cooper in July 2019, we have added significant depth to our core practice. The move builds on the expansion of our litigation and arbitration offering and has introduced us to the maritime community in which Thomas Cooper has long been a key player.

Our continuing commitment to excellence is backed by a track record which dates back nearly 300 years. We pay great attention to matching your requirements with the right skills, delivered cost effectively and within the appropriate timescale.

Among our clients we count multi-national corporations, public companies, professional partnerships, banks and financial institutions as well as private individuals, owner managed businesses and start-ups. We are conscious that our culture and close working relationships are vital assets and we are determined to maintain these as we increase in size. 

Our broad international focus is supported by well-established links with law firms throughout the world. Penningtons Manches Cooper is a member of Multilaw and the European Law Group, networks with representatives in over 100 countries, and many of our lawyers play leading roles in various international bodies.

The department

With a reputation built on years of industry expertise and a large team of specialist private client lawyers, the Penningtons Manches Cooper private client team provides innovative, clear and tailored solutions for UK and non-UK based clients.


Our services range from personal wealth management, UK and international tax planning and asset protection to advising individuals, family offices, family businesses and fiduciaries on their clients’ diverse issues.  The team includes a core of traditional private client lawyers as well as specialist advisors in domestic estate planning, international tax and structuring, contentious trusts and estates, charity matters and court of protection and deputyship work.


Consistently acknowledged as one of the top private client teams in the UK and recognised by all major guides to the UK legal profession, our full service team retains its reputation by understanding our clients’ objectives and working with them to deliver results. Chambers UK describes us as 'an absolutely first-rate firm with excellent private client practitioners … their advice is always tailored to get what the client needs'. The Legal 500 notes that we are ‘certainly one of the best in the field ... their combination of sensitivity and technical knowledge is as good as it gets'.

Our private client team is regularly nominated for and wins awards and there is widespread industry recognition of the team’s strength and depth across our network of offices. Recent accolades include winning runner up for the Citywealth Magic Circle Award for Law Firm of the Year 2018 as well as continued recognition in the ePrivateclient Top Law Firms rankings and two members of the team winning Citywealth Future Leaders awards. Members of our team are also included in the Citywealth leaders list; Citywealth Top 20 Women in Private Wealth Management list; Top 35 under 35 and Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite list.

Summary of role

Our private client and tax team in London is looking to hire a senior associate. The successful candidate will join a highly respected team dedicated to private wealth advice, UK and international tax planning and asset protection, advising individuals, family offices, family businesses and fiduciaries.  The team has the support of leading practitioners from a number of practice areas across the firm, when required.

We are looking for candidates who have private client experience in domestic and international work in both trust and tax matters. Candidates should have good communication and organisational skills and be motivated to support a successful and growing team with an interesting and diverse client base.  The role offers excellent quality work in a collegiate and supportive environment and candidates should be committed to developing their technical skills with the support of active mentoring from colleagues and the firm’s Knowledge team to service clients and develop their own careers as well as to mentoring and supporting the development of more junior members of the team.

Essential and desirable criteria

Required qualifications, skills and experience

  • Admission to the Roll of Solicitors.
  • Experience in domestic and international private client tax and trust work.
  • Ideally to be full member of STEP.

Main purposes

  • To undertake fee-earning work and provide a profitable contribution to the work of the division.  To contribute to the successful development of the firm in line with the team’s business plan and firms’ commonality of purpose.
  • To deliver a high quality technical and commercial legal service ensuring personal compliance with quality standards and professional ethics.
  • To be an ambassador for the firm at all times and always promote it in a positive light.

Main responsibilities and competencies

  • To achieve the competencies for a Senior Associate relevant to the level of experience (i.e. 5/6 years+ experience).

Matter management

  • To be able to contribute to the efficiency of matter management by being thorough, proactive and following processes and to take ownership of matters
  • To use his/her initiative to think through and research issues, identify problems and design solutions, seeking guidance or input as required, to take matters forward with the support of more junior members of the team and to seek supervision, where required.
  • To undertake personal business development and to support team initiatives. To develop new clients, maintain and support existing client relationships and to receive and reciprocate client referrals within the firm.
  • To produce detailed and accurate work, maintaining an overview of the matter.

Financial Management

  • To demonstrate financial awareness and commerciality through assisting with fee estimates for new clients and matters, assisting in the billing process, understand the impact of his/her and others’ billable time on the matter, participating in the billing process as required (e.g. timely billing, chasing for payment) and financial management of matters for which they have conduct.

Communication skills

  • To demonstrate clear and concise verbal and written communication skills, focusing on the key points in a structured manner and presents a reasoned argument in a clear, logical and persuasive way.