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Solicitor/Legal Executive or Associate – Private Capital – Taunton

Vacancy details

We are looking for an experienced Private Client Solicitor/Associate (or equivalent experience) to join our Private Capital Team in Taunton.

Our client base includes a spectrum of high-net worth individuals, agricultural clients, trustees, landed estates and charities. You will join our lifetime team and will have the opportunity to advise on a broad range of matters, in particular inheritance tax and succession planning for private individuals, farmers – and other business owners.

We have been providing high quality private client advice for over 100 years and we remain at the forefront of the sector, being described as “one of the strongest firms for private client”, in Chambers and Partners. The lifetime team in Taunton has an agricultural focus and is led by David Maddock and Tom Chiffers and, being based in Taunton, this is a unique opportunity to join and be instrumental to the growth of our team. Please note whilst the role is based in Taunton we would be willing to hear from applicants in other areas, as long as you could attend the Taunton office once or twice a week; and be available for in person client meetings when necessary.

Role: Solicitor/Executive or Associate
Location: Taunton
Hours: Full Time
Term: Permanent
Vacancy Reference: 1057-LTN

Who we are

You’ll be joining a national law firm that enjoys a strong reputation, made possible by our exceptional people – each chosen for their industry knowledge and passion for their field. We want to help you to reach your full potential, love the work you do and deliver the best results for your clients. It’s our goal to make you feel great about working with us, and we work hard to cultivate a culture that makes it easy for you to stay with us for many years.

We work flexibly and you’ll be empowered to work where you do your best work, balancing your individual needs with the need for us to engage as teams and deliver excellent client service.

Most of our people choose to work in a hybrid fashion, working from home and attending our offices on occasion. Our offices are in Bristol, Birmingham,  Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton, and Taunton.

Day to day, you’ll be successful in this role by:

Joining a team of experienced lifetime planning lawyers that sit within our wider Private Capital Team, you will be able to deal with a variety of lifetime planning work.

Our client base includes a high proportion of high and ultra-high net worth clients with complex financial arrangements, and while we expect you to handle straightforward matters, much of your work will provide you with access to complex and stretching work subject to guidance and instruction. You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and experience in specialist areas, including all manner of succession planning such as specialised wills and trust structures as part of succession strategies for the transmission of business assets and family wealth.

As part of the agricultural sector, you will advise a spectrum of agricultural private clients, trustees, landed estates on private capital matters.

As a well-established team that wants to build on our sustainable growth, you will be involved in plenty of business development activities, which will include presenting at seminars and attending networking events to raise your regional profile and that of the team.

Our clients are based through England and Wales and beyond.  You will need to travel from time to time, both for business development purposes and to meet with clients at their homes or at our other offices in England and Wales.

It is an integral part of this role that you comply with information security and all firm policies and procedures.

This role is right for you if:

You may be a newly qualified Solicitor or have up to 4 years’ PQE in private client work. If you are not a qualified Solicitor or Chartered Legal Executive but have built up significant experience in your role and working towards a qualification we would interested in hearing from you.

Providing excellent client service is at the heart of everything we do, and you will appreciate how important this is for our private clients, so you must be able to show us how you have impressed your clients and built relationships of trust and respect with them.

Ideally, you will have an understanding of agricultural markets and appreciation of the specific needs of this client group.

As someone who will take a key role in the team you will be able to use your good management skills, business acumen and enjoy and have an attitude for presenting. You will be keen to develop those skills and take advantage of the support and coaching we can provide to develop your talents further.

What we can offer you:

A career at Clarke Willmott will feel different to other law firms. We thrive on our individual differences and diversity because as a team, we are united by our shared values and mutual respect. Working with us you will feel empowered, valued and free to be yourself in a safe and supportive environment.

Our mission is to help you realise your full potential whilst maintaining a positive work-life balance. We provide a comprehensive learning and development programme and a range of wellbeing initiatives to support your career journey.

There’s no doubt we expect the best from our people and even the occasional extra mile. In return, your dedication and commitment to the continued success of the firm will be rewarded with a comprehensive range of flexible benefits.

Listen to what a few members of our team have to say about what life here at Clarke Willmott is really like, to see if it’s the right fit for you.


If you would like to apply for this vacancy, please send us your CV and covering letter using the form below.

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