Allen & Overy LLP

Senior UK Tax Manager

Belfast (City/Town)
13 Jan 2021
14 Mar 2021
Role Classification
Other Professional
Vacancy Type
Finance, Tax
Contract Type
Experience Level
Manager, Senior Manager

Job description

Allen & Overy is a leading global law firm operating in over thirty countries. By turning our insight, technology and talent into ground-breaking solutions, we’ve earned a place at the forefront of our industry. Our lawyers are leaders in their field – and the same goes for our support teams. Ambitious, driven and open to fresh perspectives, we find innovative new ways to deliver our services and maintain our reputation for excellence, in all that we do.

The nature of law is changing and with that change brings unique opportunities. With our collaborative working culture, flexibility, and a commitment to your progress, we build rewarding careers. By joining our global team, you are supported by colleagues from around the world. If you’re ready for a new challenge, it’s time to seize the opportunity.

Department purpose

Provide high quality advice and relevant information to the decision makers in A&O, ensuring compliance with laws and regulations and delivering our service efficiently.

Role purpose

The Senior UK Tax Manager is a member of the Partners' Affairs and Tax (“PAT”) team supporting the Partner Finance Controller in the management of the UK tax affairs of the Allen & Overy grouping.

Key relationships

PAT team, UK and Global CFO’s and Finance Managers, Working Capital Controllers, senior stakeholders in other support functions, Partners.

Role and responsibilities

The Senior UK Tax Manager is a key member of the PAT team. In the context of the commitments made in the firm's externally published Tax Policy in relation to its approach to the management of its tax affairs, the role is responsible for leading the delivery of UK tax compliance work needed to meet firm filing and payment obligations and advising the business on UK direct and indirect tax matters. 

Role and responsibilities

  • Manage the preparation of the main UK LLP's Worldwide 'Trading Income' Income Tax computation (profits c. £400m+), for submission to HM Revenue & Customs.
  • Manage the preparation of UK tax computations for various other UK and non UK Partnerships.
  • Manage the preparation of corporate tax and other returns for the LLP's subsidiary corporate entities.
  • Advising senior stakeholders across the business on key tax considerations impacting commercial decisions . 
  • Key role in year-end closing process, including preparation of Deferred Tax calculations.
  • Capital Allowance work.
  • Oversight of completion of quarterly VAT returns and European Sales List (ESL) returns (through Brexit transition period).
  • Management of partial exemption calculations.
  • Advising partners and client engagement teams on complex VAT matters.
  • Key role in managing relationship with UK tax authorities, HMRC, including responsibility for any enquiries.
  • Leading ad hoc projects, e.g. in relation to property planning matters, tax digitalisation, Brexit etc.
  • Key role in the management and release cycles for partner tax reserves.
  • Lead, manage, motivate and develop tax consultant based in Belfast.


  • One direct report in Belfast and key role in motivating and developing more junior staff in the PAT team more broadly.

Key requirements

  • The role will involve extensive interactions with partners, external tax advisers, CFOs and other support functions. The ability to communicate effectively and build strong relationships with these stakeholders will therefore be critical. 
  • Collaborative approach and ability to build strong relationships with PAT team colleagues and more broadly in London and Belfast, as well as with colleagues in other teams located across the globe.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex tax and accounting issues both orally and in writing to non-specialists.
  • Numeracy and an eye for detail, with strong IT skills.
  • Broad knowledge of tax issues affecting professional partnerships.

Who we are looking for

  • An appropriate professional financial qualification is essential, likely ACA or equivalent.
  • Post qualification experience to senior manager level.

This is a full time, permanent position based in Belfast. Hours of work will be Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm, 37.5 hours a week.

Additional information - External

Position closes on Wednesday 29/01 at 5pm for applications