Senior Associate / Legal Director

PQE: 6 years +
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full time – Monday to Friday 37.5 hours per week (part time also considered)
Department: Private Client Advisory
Location: Chelmsford
The firm

Birketts is an ambitious full-service, top 50 UK law firm, operating in East Anglia, London and the surrounding areas. With a rich heritage spanning over 150 years, we’ve built an enviable track record advising businesses, institutions and individuals in the UK and internationally.

Throughout our history, our ethos has remained simple: we provide clear legal advice, and value and insight to our clients.

We believe that through this approach, and a combination of technical excellence and high quality service, we can develop long-lasting partnerships and become our clients' solicitor of choice.

The department

Our Wills and Succession Planning Team is renowned for its technical expertise in this area. We advise on lifetime gifts, estate plans and taxation issues relating to inter-generational transfer strategies.

Our team gives specialist tax and succession planning advice to individuals, families, business people and landowners. We are able to assist with a wide range of clients' circumstances including straightforward or complex family relationships, small or complex estates involving privately owned businesses, agricultural or farming interests, and large property portfolios. We help clients structure their wealth planning so as to protect their heirs against divorce or creditor claims and to achieve tax efficiency.

Purpose of job

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a dynamic market-leading team dealing with high quality work, where you will cover a broad range of matters for our clients and assist with some of the management aspects of the team.

You will join a progressive and highly supportive team who are passionate about delivering high quality legal services to our clients.


Advising on and preparing documentation in relation to:

  • Will drafting
  • succession planning
  • tax-efficient lifetime giving
  • international aspects
  • disputed Wills
  • creation, administration and termination of trusts
  • advice to trustees and beneficiaries
  • trust taxation

This list is not exhaustive and the duties may vary from time to time, according to circumstances.

The candidate

We are looking for a private client solicitor with 6 years + PQE, and with experience gained within a well-regarded city, regional or national firm with a well-developed knowledge in all aspects of private client succession planning.

As this is an expanding and important area of the firm's practice, the ability to build and sustain strong relationships with clients and colleagues is essential. Additionally, you will have excellent communication, drafting and analytical skills, along with a commitment to client service and passion to pursue a career as a private client lawyer.

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.

Core Benefits

  • 25 days holiday (FTE) plus Bank Holidays
  • Long Service holiday award – 1 extra week every 10 years continuous service
  • Private Healthcare with 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 day (Environmental, Social and Governance)
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Electric car scheme
  • Eye Care Voucher
  • Agile Working Policy
  • Dress for your Day Policy

Birketts is a flexible business which has embraced a hybrid working model where our colleagues enjoy a mix of home and office working. We welcome applications from people looking for flexible, agile and part time roles and we are happy to explore your preferred working patterns as part of your application.