Tax Associate

Glasgow or Edinburgh
10 Sep 2018
18 Oct 2018
Role Classification
Practice Area
Contract Type
Experience Level
2-5yrs PQE

The firm

Dentons is the world's first polycentric global law firm.  A top 20 firm on the Acritas 2015 Global Elite Brand Index, the Firm is committed to challenging the status quo in delivering consistent and uncompromising quality and value in new and inventive ways.  Driven to provide clients a competitive edge, and connected to the communities where its clients want to do business, Dentons knows that understanding local cultures is crucial to successfully completing a deal, resolving a dispute or solving a business challenge.  Now the world's largest law firm, Dentons' global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size in more than 125 locations serving 50-plus countries.

Purpose of role

Dentons UK tax practice is a multi-disciplinary transactional team that fully understands how tax law meshes and underpins other areas of the law - corporate, real estate and litigation, to name a few - and how this knowledge and expertise assists our clients. Our tax practice in Scotland includes lawyers, chartered accountants and chartered tax advisers. It is ranked Band 1 by Chambers and Legal 500.

We are growing this practice and now have an exciting opportunity for  an Associate  to join the team. The role is ideally suited to a tax lawyer with 3-5 PQE  and to a candidate who is looking to progress quickly in their career.

You will be joining a growing and ambitious yet friendly team, who work with a wide variety of clients including: listed and multinational companies; investment funds; private companies; private institutions; and high net worth individuals. The practice's client base spans many key industry sectors: Manufacturing; Technology; Food and Drink; Energy; Transport; Infrastructure; Financial Institutions; Real Estate; Retail; Media; Entertainment; and Sports, on a national, European and international basis.

The role offers the opportunity for you to work on a variety of market leading UK and international projects. The team offers extensive training and support to enable you to develop a successful career.


  • The role will include providing tax support to other teams within Dentons including, in particular, on M&A, real estate and banking transactions.

  • You will be involved in providing tax planning and structuring advice to Dentons' clients across a range of areas including advising on business structures, business and family wealth planning, UK inbound and outbound investment; as well as dealing with ad hoc enquiries.

  • You will have some exposure to tax litigation matters working with our litigation lawyers.

  • The role will also include advising our clients on employee share incentive arrangements.

  • You will work with our lawyers and clients based in Scotland, the UK and internationally.

  • You will develop your industry knowledge and working knowledge/understanding of relevant areas of law and provide thought leadership externally.

  • You will demonstrate pro-activity in proposing commercial solutions to clients and colleagues, acting as a business advisor.

  • You will run your own matters whilst working closely with partners to develop your skills.

  • You will develop and maintain good working relationships with colleagues and clients up to the most senior levels.

  • You will have responsibility for managing and supervising the more junior members of the team.

  • You will contribute to the team's business development activities and proactively engage with clients in a social setting, as well as being able to demonstrate an awareness of the Firm's proactive areas and Business Development strategy, identifying and taking opportunities to cross sell.

Required experience, skills and attributes

Technical Skills

  • You will have trained with and gained considerable experience within a legal firm and will have substantial experience in providing tax services to clients

  • A strong tax background

  • Ability to work with a degree of independence

  • Exceptional communication skills

  • Exceptional drafting skills

  • Exceptional legal research ability

Personal Skills / Attributes

  • Proactive approach with a 'can do' attitude and genuine enthusiasm for tax issues

  • Excellent academic results, including at least a 2:1 degree

  • The ability to take responsibility to manage your own workload with attention to detail

  • Committed to developing your own career

  • Excellent team and client management skills

  • Entrepreneurial vision and a desire to get involved with business development

Language Capabilities

We are a truly global law firm and as such, always welcome hearing from those with foreign language capabilities.

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all.  If, as a result of a disability, you believe that there are aspects of the recruitment process or job that you would find more difficult than a non-disabled person, please tell us as soon as possible.  We will then be able to discuss with you any reasonable adjustments that could be made to the recruitment process or the job itself.

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