Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary to negotiate
  • London


Job title:
Tax Litigation Senior Consultant, London, Open to flexible working
: Competitive
Start Date:
20th February 2019
Closing Date:
20th March 2019
Number of Positions:
Multiple position available
Opportunity to join a fast growing direct tax litigation team within a market-leading Tax Disputes and Risk Management advisory team at a Big 4 firm.  The team has enjoyed substantial growth over the last 8 years and direct tax litigation is a key investment priority for the wider Tax Practice.
The litigation team works across all sectors and with a broad range of FTSE 100, 250 and Inbound businesses as well as UHNWI clients and is seeing particular demand in the market to provide support and advice to clients, as a consequence of the ever increasing number of HMRC investigations which are not able to be resolved by agreement with HMRC.
The team currently has a number of substantial, high-profile on-going litigation engagements, with a strong pipeline of potential future opportunities.  Recent litigation projects include a successful appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union, as well as a number of First Tier and Upper Tribunal appeals and High Court cases.
The team is regularly instructed in connection with invoking the First-tier Tribunal’s powers to order HMRC to close enquiries, resisting extensive and unnecessary information notices, appealing to the First-tier Tribunal (and beyond) against HMRC’s conclusions (e.g. discovery assessment or substantive technical issues) and invoking the Administrative Court’s power to challenge, where appropriate, potentially unlawful HMRC decisions.
There is therefore a need for an Assistant Manager / Manager to join the growing team to help deliver existing engagements and support in wider business development activities.
Substantial scope for career progression, as well as the potential to gain experience working across a range of high-profile litigation engagements and other tax controversy areas for which the team is responsible, including HMRC enquiries and tax risk management work.
The opportunity
We are looking for an Assistant Manager / Manager to join this growing team, and work in a multi-disciplinary environment and with a varied, challenging and highly interesting case load.  This opportunity would suite a qualified lawyer with years post qualification tax litigation experience.
Your key responsibilities
Our tax litigation lawyers help businesses, corporates and individuals to resolve complex taxation disputes, often through the litigation process. You will manage a broad portfolio of tax litigation cases at various stages in the litigation process.  Key responsibilities to include:
working as part of a wider team to manage the litigation process and timetable for all cases, liaising with Tribunals, Courts, Counsel and clients on broad range of direct tax issues, preparation of appeal documentation and evidence to be used at the hearing (including taking and drafting witness statements), instructing Counsel and advising clients on all options available for the resolution of the dispute, including ADR
Working directly with the Head of Tax Litigation and as part of a wider tax litigation team, which usually includes colleagues from other parts of the EY tax practice
Scope for working across other (non-litigious) tax controversy areas, including HMRC enquiry work and providing tax risk management advice
Assisting with key business development and other internal / external marketing activities to identify new potential work streams / cases
Skills and attributes for success
Able to work as part of a wider team, as well as autonomously where necessary
Client focused and commercially aware
Relationship management skills with ability to manage client expectations
Technically excellent lawyer with ability to build effective relationships at all levels
Project management skills, plan and prioritize work, meet deadlines, monitor own budget
Ability to solve problems creatively and pragmatically
To qualify for the role you must have
Direct Tax litigation experience from law firm or accounting practice
Legal qualification (Solicitor / Barrister / equivalent)
Technical excellence with a proven ability to apply tax statute and case-law and resolve disputes with HMRC
Ideally, you’ll also have
Some experience of the jurisdiction of the Administrative Court
What we look for
We’re looking for a tax

About the company

A multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is one of the "Big Four" audit firms and is the third largest professional services firm in the world by aggregated revenue in 2014.

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