Associate/Senior Associate - Corporate & Real Estate Tax

Location: United Kingdom
Office: Birmingham
Discipline: Corporate & commercial
Contact name: Aimee Kelly

Contact email: [email protected]
Contact phone: 0161 234 8727
Vacancy reference: 014329
Duration: Permanent
Closing date: 28 April 2023
Startdate: 11 July 2022 - 11 July 2022

The role can be based out of our Birmingham, Norwich, Cambridge, Manchester, Leeds or Oxford office.

What does the role involve?

Mills & Reeve’s Corporate Tax team is expanding and as a result is looking for an ambitious new recruit.  Based in any of our offices outside London, your focus will be on delivering corporate tax and real estate tax advice to our clients. The precise mix of work is flexible and we like our team members to be able to work across all the areas we service, but could vary depending on your skills and experience.

We pride ourselves in providing the highest quality legal advice and solutions to a very diverse range of interesting and exciting clients – corporates (ranging from quoted companies to start-ups), charities, partnerships, public sector bodies, owner managers, international clients, funds and universities / colleges.  We value our tax specialists and the often-decisive contribution they make to the firm’s transactions and projects.

The team has a varied and high-quality workload, advising on the full range of corporate taxes, employment tax, employee share schemes, VAT and property tax. On the general tax side, we carry out bespoke advisory work and transaction support work for our corporate, real estate, commercial, banking and employment teams and across the firm’s sectors such as technology, sport, education, health and charities.  We also work closely with the firm’s leading private client practice.

Who would I be working with?

You will work with Matt Short (head of real estate and charity tax),  Kevin Lowe (corporate tax partner), and the wider corporate tax team.

Why should I apply?

You may already be an experienced specialist looking for a new challenge somewhere that is a bit different.  Alternatively, you may have some experience in these areas but would value the opportunity to develop further in a supportive and collaborative culture.

This is a great opportunity to join a forward thinking and high quality national law firm.

The role offers varied and interesting work, a diverse client base, a supportive culture, business development opportunities, and a career trajectory.

For more information about our corporate tax and real estate tax practice, and corporate tax partners Kevin Lowe and Matt Short, please click on the links above.

The firm has been named for a record 19th year running as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in The Sunday Times’ Best Companies annual survey and is the only UK law firm to have achieved this.  We are also delighted to have been named by RollonFriday as one of the top law firms in the UK for the sixth year running.

Mills & Reeve is proud of its commitment to promoting equality, diversity and to providing an inclusive and supportive environment. Please click here to find further information regarding our values, policies and commitments.

What experience is required?

You will be a minimum of 1+ years PQE.   In terms of experience, the ideal candidate would have some experience in real estate tax and / or charities tax as that is currently our area of greatest need, with new opportunities opening up all the time.

What skills and attributes would I need?


  • Good academics 2.1 degree or equivalent with good A levels
  • Technically strong
  • Excellent drafting and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and team skills
  • Organisation and prioritisation
  • Systematic and methodical approach to work with ability to demonstrate these skills
  • Willingness to take initiative and to participate in marketing activities
  • Experience of real estate tax and/or corporate tax work

Pre-employment screening

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes checks relating to your professional and academic qualifications, references from previous employers, your eligibility to work in the UK and any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will also be required to complete a self-declaration to assess your character and suitability.

Disclosure and barring service check and security clearance

This post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (to check for any previous criminal convictions and cautions) and, given the nature of the work-type, you may also be required to undergo national security vetting to SC level – the latter can be undertaken following commencement of employment.

And finally

Mills & Reeve is committed to building a diverse workforce and fostering an inclusive environment in which all our people can thrive. We hire people from a wide variety of backgrounds because it makes our firm stronger, and we have a collaborative culture that celebrates different perspectives and values respect for one another, working together, and openness and integrity. Our approach to flexible working means that we work in a way that achieves the right balance for our people, our clients and for our business.