Clifford Chance South East, UK
Aug 10, 2018Full time
Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution. Clifford Chance is a leading global tax practice. In May we won International Tax Review's European Banking, Financial Services and Restructuring Deals of the Year. Chambers ranks us in band 1 for Tax: Global-wide and Tax: Europe-wide and says we're a "powerhouse firm recognised for its fully integrated tax advice over a broad spectrum of industries", and that we have an "enviable client list". We are exceptionally well placed to provide the tax advice which global businesses need in today's challenging environment. We believe that the provision of cross-border tax advice is critical to the success of companies operating across national borders. London is a key hub in a network of offices with tax expertise across the globe; our global reach supports clients in a manner that few international law firms can match. Importantly, our tax specialists work closely with our corporate, finance, capital markets and real estate colleagues to deliver commercial advice across the full spectrum of international and domestic tax issues. We have significant depth of resources. You would join a team of around 150 specialist tax advisers worldwide, including over 30 partners. In London we have seven partners and 18 assistants in the tax group Tax representation is an integral component of our transactional advice. Organisations need to maximise complex tax benefits in a commercially sensible way. As an associate, you would be working as part of a highly regarded and ambitious team, advising the world's leading financial institutions and corporates (as well as governments, governmental organisations, trade and industry associations and other representative bodies), and acting on the largest and most complex matters - almost all with a strong international element. Key responsibilities will include: Advising on international and domestic tax, covering a wide range of M&A and corporate structuring, bank and bond financing, structured debt, leasing, real estate investment and development, funds and other forms of non bank investment. Providing advice on tax litigation, disputes, management of tax risk and transfer pricing matters. Advising on pure VAT technicalities and providing commercial and practical advice on all forms of corporate, e-commerce, financial and real estate transactions. The work carried out by this group closely reflects the matters undertaken by the corporate and finance practice areas of the firm: and as a result has a strong international flavour involving many of the world's leading organisations. Experience: You will ideally be a junior to mid-level lawyer with established experience in a tax practice, probably gained at a notable City firm, or at an overseas practice in a common law jurisdiction with a highly regarded profile. Qualifications: A strong academic history is essential. Skills: You must have excellent document drafting skills. You should demonstrate strong communication and analytical skills along with a high level of commercial awareness. Outstanding communication skills and the commitment and ability to develop trusted relationships with clients. In order to provide outstanding client service, we need to understand, anticipate and fulfil the unique needs and expectations of each client. We call this "Client Focus" and to help deliver this core part of our business strategy, we want to recruit lawyers who not only have the very highest level of technical skills but are also Client Focused. We are looking for lawyers who: can demonstrate a keen interest and enthusiasm to learn about our clients' business; can work in teams, sharing knowledge and motivating and coaching their juniors and contributing to overall success; are empathetic, responsive and reliable; are commercial and innovative in the solutions they deliver to clients; are good at fostering relationships with clients. Equal Opportunities It is the Firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds. The policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment. The Firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits. The firm is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action.