Tax Disputes - Senior Level

  • Bird & Bird
  • London, UK
  • Feb 12, 2018
Full time Tax Litigation

Job Description

Bird & Bird LLP is an international law firm which supports organisations being changed by technology or the digital world. We combine exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients achieve their commercial goals.  We have over 1,200 lawyers in 29 offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, as well as close ties with firms in other parts of the world. If you want to find out more, visit

The firm offers excellent prospects for progression and our culture provides all our people with world-class support to achieve their ambitions and goals.

Bird & Bird is committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment and we are an equal opportunities employer. We support an agile working environment and are happy to discuss flexible working. 

Our Tax Group provides an outstanding and comprehensive international offering. The combination of deep local knowledge, profound sector understanding and a commitment to delivering quality advice for our clients is what sets us apart.

Our international team provides the complete range of business tax advisory and dispute resolution services. We have tax experts in most of our offices, and advise clients across all continents, often in complex cross-border deals and disputes.


We are looking to recruit a Senior Associate to join our Tax disputes team in the London office.


The post holder will have experience of and be able to manage large tax disputes and investigations. Law firm experience is likely to be a must. We do not have a role for another tax disputes partner in the short to medium term so this role will ideally suit an experienced practitioner looking for a good spread of interesting work in a friendly flexible environment who does not have imminent partnership aspirations. It would be in mind that this person would develop towards Legal Director in a matter of 2-3 years.


Candidates will need to have previous experience operating in a tax disputes environment and demonstrate first rate training and industry knowledge.

The successful candidate will have: 

  • Excellent academic achievements.
  • Experience of handling a diverse range of tax disputes matters gained within a comparable environment and at an appropriate level.
  • A desire to be working for a truly international firm.
  • A clear understanding of the operation and structure of commercial law firms.
  • Experience of managing large scale project work and managing team members closely on a day to day basis.

In addition, we expect our Associates to demonstrate: 

  • Flexibility and an ability to support matters from a broad range of sectors.
  • The ability to manage aspects of complex matters and clients, with proven negotiation skills.
  • A knowledge of key areas of the law by providing clear, precise, practical advice.
  • The ability to use initiative and a confidence built upon solid success and achievements.
  • The ability to liaise effectively with other fee earners from within the group, but also to liaise and coordinate with fee earners from other relevant disciplines and jurisdictions as required.
  • Delegation and supervisory skills where appropriate.
  • Being keen to work in a challenging, team-based environment.
  • The willingness and ability to support business development activity, creating and maintaining strong client relationships and identifying new business opportunities.
  • A commitment to regularly update their own technical expertise and to achieve continuous improvement and development.
  • The ability to contribute to the general upkeep of the group (whether that be training, precedents, or know-how generally).