Tax Associate / Senior Associate

  • Bates Wells
  • London, UK
  • Jun 16, 2022
Account Manager Accounts Assistant Accountancy

Job Description

Job Title: Associate or Senior Associate

Reports To: Partner


Why Bates Wells?

Making a profit is core to all businesses but our goal is to combine this with a real social purpose. Our values are pivotal to us, they shape our decisions and the way we live and work.

 We focus on positive social impact as much as we focus on being a successful law firm. Our top-tier legal advice is coupled with a real desire to drive change and we were the first UK law firm with B Corp certification, awarded to businesses that balance purpose and profit.

 Today, our clients are diverse – from corporate household names to public bodies, to start-ups. We’re also the firm of choice for thousands of charities and social enterprises. We continue to lead the market we helped to shape.

 Bates Wells challenges what is possible in legal expertise delivery.

The role

We are seeking to appoint a full or part-time experienced tax lawyer or advisor to support our market-leading charity and social enterprise practice, which is band 1 ranked in Chambers and Legal 500.

To thrive in this role, you will:

  • Be a private practice or in-house lawyer, either specializing solely in tax, or with a significant tax practice, and likely at least three years PQE. We are willing to consider candidates who are not lawyers but who are ATT/CIOT qualified and have at least three years of PQE.
  • Have experience in advising on tax matters in a charity and social enterprise, corporate or private client context.
  • Have a strong interest in continuing or beginning to use using your tax expertise to support positive impact in the charity and social enterprise sectors.
  • Wish to work in a growing practice to which tax advice is core, and to either specialize in this or combine it with other forms of corporate and commercial advice for charities and social enterprises.

Key responsibilities

We advise on the full range of corporate and commercial issues affecting charities and social enterprises, with specialist overlays relating to the regulation and operation of those sectors. Our tax practice covers advisory, transactional and contentious work, including:

  • Direct tax: gifts, gift aid, individual and corporate donations (including bonds, shares, and art), license fees, donor benefit, business rates, subsidiary arrangements, expenses and secondments, and employment taxes.
  • Indirect tax: VAT registration, exemptions, grants, fundraising, sponsorship, transfers of going concerned, reverse charges, and barter transactions.

Our clients span household name charities, social enterprises, purpose-driven businesses, corporates, governments, and public authorities, ranging from start-ups and grassroots groups to large national and international organizations. They include thought leaders on charitable activities and social impact issues, and this strong focus on innovation and positive social change provides opportunities to advise on novel and developing areas of tax law. The sheer depth and breadth of our practice provide enormous variety and an interesting and challenging combination of complex and more routine advice.

There is also the opportunity to develop new skills and expertise, for example in the intersection between tax law and other areas, such as charitable fundraising, corporate and individual philanthropy, and charity real estate.

You will play a leading role in shaping our strategy for this critical area, enhancing the profile of our tax practice internally and externally. We encourage our lawyers to build their networks and pursue their personal passions through their practice, working collaboratively across the firm to develop new business.

There are excellent opportunities for career development and progression within a collegiate environment, including the potential for formal tax qualifications support.

Specific tasks may change over time, so we’ll need you to be adaptable and flexible as we continue to meet our clients’ needs.

About you

  • You see the value in Bates Wells as a career choice and view Bates Wells as a high-quality employer.   
  • You share our values and want to make a difference.
  • You want to feel that you are a part of the Bates Wells experience and ‘belong’.
  • You are not afraid to test assumptions and challenges.
  • You want exposure to a variety of challenges that will allow you to innovate.
  • You are technically excellent, commercially minded, and have great people skills.


About us

  • A one-firm approach means working together and improving to achieve common goals and provide a consistent Bates Wells experience.
  • As a values-driven firm, we show commitment to our clients, our people, the environment, and society. We take into account the Climate Emergency and Biodiversity Crisis in developing our business strategy.
  • We work with exceptional clients to offer the very best work.
  • We want to have a positive impact on our people who are our greatest asset so that they can have a positive impact on others. The purpose is baked into our partnership deed.
  • Looking for better ways of working is always our priority.
  • We promote a strong work/life balance with 25 days of holiday with the opportunity to buy more and a ‘Summer in the City’ early-Friday-finish.
  • We have an agile working environment – this means you might sit next to a different colleague every day or choose to work from our rooftop garden if you are in the office. We are currently reviewing our policies to enable a hybrid model moving forward.
  • Our culture encourages clear and honest dialogue and cross-team support
  • The firm review salaries annually as part of the appraisal process in July of each year. However, we encourage our staff to engage with their supervisors throughout the year on feedback and objective setting.
  • We recognize success and contribution at any time of the year through our Recognition Scheme
  • Our benefits and wellbeing package includes firm matching pension contributions, private medical insurance plus a medical benefit cash plan, discretionary bonus arrangements, life assurance, subsidized gym memberships, a lifestyle discount scheme, and a firm-wide profit-sharing scheme.
  • Everyone gets a bonus if there is one - a proportion of the LLP profit is distributed to our people when we exceed our financial thresholds.
  • We are committed to your wellbeing and offer physical and mental support in the way of a subsidized gym membership, private health care, and in-office Mental Health Awareness Ambassadors.
  • We strongly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to reach their full potential whatever their background and believe a diverse team is integral to our success.

We are signatories of the Halo Code AgreementRace at Work Charter, and Race Fairness Commitment




NB We will normally have at least 2 interviews – to test your skills and competencies to work with us and to see if your values align with ours