Associate / Solicitor

Company: Shakespeare Martineau
Closing date: 14/10/2022
PQE: 5 years
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Private Client
Location: Milton Keynes
Let us introduce ourselves…

It’s the people at Shakespeare Martineau that make us so special. By understanding what our people want, giving them the support they need, recognising everyone’s contribution and realising the unique power of teams, together we win.   As a firm we are focused on proactively building and developing diverse teams, bringing different backgrounds, personalities and perspectives together. We play to our strengths, pushing ourselves to be consistently better than yesterday and deliver amazing solutions for our clients. We empower our teams with a high degree of individual responsibility; we self-manage and encourage everyone to be responsible for their own learning, knowing it makes us even better at what we do!    

We believe in trusting our people to make the right decisions for themselves, from when and where you work, to how you dress; we focus on outputs.  

Want to find more about our amazing benefits?

Meet the team

Our highly skilled and experienced Wealth Team provide a wide range of services and advice empowering families to define their unique long-term goals and legacy. We undertake various Family and Private Client work at all levels and across many sectors.

Our Private Client team, including 13 members of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), provide a wide range of services and advice empowering families to define their unique long-term goals and legacy. We offer advice on the following areas of Private Client law: Capital Tax planning including advising on the most appropriate structures via Wills, Trusts & Family Investment Companies, the creation and administration of Trusts including tax compliance, accounting services and professional Trusteeship, administration of estates (simple to complex), Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection work, the creation and administration of Charitable Foundations  and personal tax advice and compliance. Our clients’ profiles consist of family business owners, landed estates, newly acquired wealth, private individuals with inherited wealth and their families and Trustees of substantial trusts.

The role:

We are looking for a 5year plus PQE Solicitor to join our Private Client team, based in our Milton Keynes office, part of our firm’s Wealth team. 

You will produce high quality legal services to clients on all aspects of wills, trusts, inheritance tax advice and probate work. 

This will include the key duties set out below and flexibility (if required) to work at one of the firm’s other offices, as and when required, either on a temporary or semi-permanent basis.

Your key duties will be:

  • drafting and advising on both basic and more complex trusts, whether created by will or by lifetime gift, including reviewing existing trusts and will statutes
  • administering estates and trusts ranging in levels of complexity
  • completing IHT 100 and 400 forms competently and confidently
  • the appropriate liaison with investment managers and brokers
  • attending and running client meetings
  • providing advice to clients on estates and capital taxes
  • producing accounts for trusts, including trustees minutes and executors meeting minutes
  • drafting and filing income tax returns
  • giving clear advice in correspondence and in person
  • promoting the private client practice with clients and contacts
  • running a personal business development plan, driving business development within the team and supporting other teams with business development and selling
  • carrying out legal research
  • maintaining confidentiality at all times
  • undertaking any other ad hoc duties that may be required as directed by the partner
  • drafting and registering lasting Powers of Attorney
  • running management of affairs files where partner is appointed Attorney or Deputy
  • completing applications to the Court of Protection to include the appointment of deputies
  • introducing new trust clients from own marketing efforts and combining with other team members in marketing efforts

Skills and experience you will have:

  • 5 years' plus PQE in wills, probate and trusts and strong client service skills
  • strong IT skills
  • the ability to manage files effectively
  • Proven record of work winning

Key competencies you will need:

  • good team working across the private client team and other disciplines
  • good interpersonal skills
  • a willingness to develop and expand knowledge within the skills base and to undertake appropriate knowledge and skills training, as required.
  • excellent  communication skills and the ability to deal with different types of clients
  • excellent organisational and time management skills


How we work

We embrace agile working and offer a blended approach to where and how we work.

We appreciate that people have different needs and preferences and we’re keen to be flexible, after all, we value what you do, not where you do it.

We have hubs in Birmingham, Leicester, London, Lincoln, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Sheffield. This role will be predominantly based from the Milton Keynes hub.

Additional information

Please be aware, for some vacancies, where we receive high numbers of applications we may need to bring the close date forward.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. Details of the checks can be found here.


Equal opportunities

Shakespeare Martineau is a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.