Senior Associate

PQE: 6 years +
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full or Part-time
Department: Employee Incentives
Location: Flexibility to work from any office (Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, London or Norwich
The firm

Birketts is an ambitious and diverse top 50 UK law firm based in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Ipswich, Norwich and London. The firm provides a broad range of legal services to national and international organisations and institutions, small and medium sized businesses and private individuals. Multi award winning and one of the fastest growing full service firms, Birketts has a clear vision and strategy to establish a national presence beyond its East Anglian heartland. The firm has a total headcount of close to 900 including over 100 Partners.

The department

Our specialist team guides employers on the design and implementation of incentive arrangements and advises on the consequences of leavers and other changes in circumstances (both from a legal and tax perspective) in relation to all forms of employee incentive schemes.


We are looking for a talented lawyer to expand our Employee Incentives practice.

You will be looking to develop your career and work with a friendly team in an exciting firm.

You will have experience of advising in relation to the taxation of employment-related securities and in the preparation and implementation of both approved and unapproved share plans.

You will be advising on all aspects of employee remuneration structures and incentive plans, including the design, implementation and communication of:

  1. senior executive and employee share incentive plans;
  2. cash based long term incentives advising on deferral and clawback provisions
  3. employee benefit trusts.  
The candidate

You will be particularly well versed in helping clients to determine the most appropriate incentive for their business and be able to structure bespoke and innovative arrangements to align with your client’s business plans and objectives. 

You will also support our well established corporate team in relation to the operation of incentive plans in the context of mergers and acquisitions and flotations. 

You will be confident to discuss objectives and present your advice in a clear and concise style whilst demonstrating commercial awareness and an understanding of our client’s business. 

You will have excellent personal skills, be collaborative and co-operative and be able to assist the Partner leading the team to successfully develop and nurture junior colleagues.

You will be ambitious and keen to work in a fast growing team and a fast growing firm, interest in leadership development training will be important to this role.

Equal opportunities

We are committed to recruiting individuals on merits of suitability for each role, on the basis of qualifications and experience. All applications are treated fairly and equally regardless of sexual orientation, race, disability, religious beliefs and any other protected characteristic, ensuring that there are equal opportunities at all stages of the recruitment process.


One of the best things about joining Birketts is our rewards package. At Birketts we’re appreciative of the people who work for us and our rewards package is reviewed regularly to reflect that. You can expect to receive:

  • 25 days holiday (FTE) plus Bank Holidays
  • Long Service holiday award – 1 extra week every 10 years continuous service
  • Private Healthcare - BUPA (offered after probation is passed)
  • Scottish Widows Pension Scheme (5% employer / 5% Employee)
  • Staff Profit Share / Salary sacrifice (Pensions, Staff Profit Share)
  • Life Assurance   - 4 x salary / Permanent Health Insurance
  • Paid ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) day
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Gym Flex membership
  • Electric car scheme
  • Dress for your Day Policy
  • Discounted legal services
  • Agile Working Policy