About Us

Wilkes is one of the leading independent medium-sized UK law firms operating from the Midlands region. We provide a wide range of specialist expertise aimed at our core clients – businesses, individuals, financiers and charities.

Our expert solicitors specialise in a wide range of legal services for both businesses and individuals. Choosing a solicitor is an important decision, and client satisfaction is at the core of everything we do.

Our aim from the outset is to become trusted advisors to our clients and consistently provide legal excellence at every opportunity.

The Team

Our team of experienced solicitors operate across Birmingham and Solihull, and support our clients with all elements of personal tax planning, including putting together wills and codicils, and assisting with Inheritance Tax planning, personal taxation services and pensions.

For business owners, our tax team has a strong track record of advising and assisting clients through the minefield of inheritance tax planning and work with them to ensure that their tax liabilities are properly organised and minimised.

We also undertake the administration and management of estates and trusts, and provides a comprehensive service to trustees, executors and beneficiaries.

The Role

We are looking for an experienced Tax Solicitor to join our busy Private Client Team, based in our Shirley office. The successful candidate will be working closely with our highly experienced Consultant Solicitor, Philip Harrison, providing tax advice to our clients and ensuring the long-term growth of this area of the business.

Within this role you will be providing advice on all aspects of tax law, including:

  • Inheritance tax
  • Estate planning
  • Income tax
  • CGT
  • “Non-dom” and non-residents tax

The successful candidate will be keen to develop their skills and experience within a leading Midlands-based team, interacting effectively with colleagues and clients at every level and actively engaging in business development. You will also be able to take full advantage of the on-going comprehensive training available.

What we’re looking for

We’re ideally looking for individuals with 3+ years PQE, with in-depth knowledge and experience of inheritance tax, CGT, and income tax. Knowledge of property investment would be advantageous but not essential.

We would also be interested in talking to experience Chartered Tax Advisors, who in addition to the above, have knowledge of shareholder taxation, and deconstruction and remergers.

Candidates for this role will also need to demonstrate the following:

  • Excellent commercial acumen.
  • Eagerness to take responsibility & ownership of client relationships.
  • Proven ability to build rapport with clients.
  • Strong networking and business development skills.
  • Personal drive and ambition to develop their area of the business.
  • Focused on ongoing personal learning and development.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work to deadlines and targets
  • Excellent collaborative and team working skills
  • Excellent IT skills.

This role is being offered on a full-time basis, but we’re happy to consider other flexible working options.

What we can offer you

As well as offering a competitive salary, we pride ourselves on creating a supportive, friendly and professionally rewarding work environment. Whist our team is busy, ambitious and we work hard, we do not have (or foster) an “excessive hours culture” found in many larger firms doing similar quality work.

We encourage and support our staff in their ongoing development, and provide ample opportunities for staff to build on their skills and experience.

We aim to provide flexibility where possible for staff in their working hours and location, and support all staff in maintaining a good work-life balance. This is underpinned by our enhanced family friendly policies, and our commitment to our staff’s mental health. We want to provide a supportive culture to allow people to thrive at work.

As a Firm, we believe we have a responsibility to make a positive impact on our local community, and we encourage all staff to participate in contributing to our local communities through our CSR initiatives.

Our benefits include:

  • 24 days annual leave plus the option to purchase additional days.
  • Matching 4% pension contributions.
  • Life Assurance of 4X base salary.
  • Discounts on personal conveyancing and wills.
  • Corporate discounts on gym memberships, restaurants and days out.
  • Annual flu jabs.

Other Information

The successful candidate appointed to this role will be subject to our standard background checking process, and any offer of employment made is conditional upon successful completion of those checks.

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