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Post Completion Legal Advisor

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Post Completion Legal Advisor

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Client Services Team


The firm

A leading UK law firm with a network of offices from the South Coast to Scotland, working together as one national team. An innovative practice and the first top 50 law firm to achieve “Platinum Standard” Investors in People, our values and culture are not just words on our website but are the heartbeat of the firm. The lack of barriers between departments, a real lack of hierarchy, zero tolerance for arrogance makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.

The team

Enthusiastic and ambitious individuals sought to join our busy Client Services Team (‘CST’), a specialist team within Commercial Real Estate which bridges the gap between transactional Real Estate work and tax team work dealing with the Stamp Duty Land Tax and Land Transaction Tax elements of all commercial Real Estate transactions carried out by the firm in England and Wales

The role

Junior roles involve the management of a busy caseload of SDLT and LTT Returns for a range of basic – intermediate level transactions, with a significant amount of lease renewal work.  The work allocated will have been seen by a senior member of the team prior to allocation.  No supervisory responsibilities.

Any candidate successful in securing a senior role in the team will review initial instructions into the team, triage matters, raise any queries re missing information, make any necessary referrals to tax team, allocate work to the junior members of the team and supervise the production of that work,  manage a caseload of intermediate -complex matters and identify / refer any complex work up to the head of the team.

Candidates in either role will be carrying out the SDLT/LTT calculations (not just filling in the relevant tax returns) based on information provided by the transactional legal advisor for the matter.

All candidates need to have strong organisational skills; be reliable / conscientious; have excellent attention to detail and be computer literate with the Microsoft suite of programs.

Good – excellent technical skills in the completion of Stamp Duty Land Tax Returns and Land Transaction Tax Returns is essential for all candidates (although targeted training to deal with any knowledge gaps in role will be provided).

A junior role would suit a candidate that has some experience running SDLT/ LTT calculations and creating the relevant Returns for commercial (rather than residential) transactions.  Junior members of the team are competent in dealing with basic freehold transactions, new leases running from grant, backdated new leases, renewals of leases subject to Stamp Duty ad valorum at grant, renewals of leases subject to Stamp Duty Land Tax and basic linked transaction calculations.

A senior role in the team would suit a candidate that is an experienced paralegal (or qualified individual, ILEX or similar looking to utilise their Real Estate transactional skills in a different manner).  The individual should have strong experience in running SDLT / LTT calculations and submitting Returns. They will have a thorough understanding of all the transactions required at junior level and be able to deal with more complex matters in addition.  Experience of supervising others would be beneficial.

Equal opportunities

Our approach to our people is underpinned by our approach to diversity, inclusion and well being. Our ambition is to build a diverse and ambitious workforce that reflects all backgrounds and talents, and a workplace that is supportive and inclusive, recognises and nurtures talent, and has a strong sense of community between colleagues.

This means that everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, whatever their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.
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