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Harrison Clark Rickerbys (Tax) - 24 months - July 2023

AETO information
Name of AETO:
Harrison Clark Rickerbys Solicitors
Head of AETO:
N/A (regulated by SRA)
Address of AETO:
Ellenborough House
Wellington Street
GL50 1YD
AETO's email:
AETO's website address:
Main practice area:
Revenue Law
Practice areas:
Family; Personal Injury; Probate; Corporate; Commercial; Insolvency and Restructuring; Employment; Litigation; Employed Bar
Specialist services:
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
Pupillage vacancy information
Number of pupillages:
Financial support level:
£20,000 - £29,999
Closing date:
9 February 2022 at 2:00 PM
Pupillage start date:
July 2023
Pupillage type:
24 month pupillage
HCR is looking to recruit 2 pupils (2022 and 2023) to support the expansion of our growing in-house tax chambers.

The period of pupillage will be up to 24 months. Pupils will be offered a fixed term contract of employment for the duration of pupillage.

Entrepreneurial, energetic and empowering

These words are not usually associated with a law firm but they are often used to describe HCR. Having grown exponentially recently HCR is now more than 800 strong with 11 offices across the UK. We are a top 70, full-service firm that has a true passion for people.
We’re large enough to be a strong, regional player with a variety of fascinating work across sectors, both private client and business services, but have retained the personal touch in how we treat our people.

Our passion for people is at the heart of all we do. It drives us forward and inspires us to do our best. We’re always pushing to be outstanding for both ourselves and our clients.

Pupillage will be primarily based in our beautiful Georgian, city centre Cheltenham office, with anticipated travel to London and wider UK for tribunal hearings and client meetings. Our Smart Working policy provides great opportunities for all staff to work flexibly whilst prioritising our commitment to provide both pupil barristers and trainee solicitors with appropriate supervision and professional development.

HCR offers a collegiate, diverse, friendly and relaxed professional environment with a focus on technical excellence, an absolute commitment to the best interests of our clients, and the opportunity for our people to have a good work/life balance. As a pupil you will be able to enjoy:
• the opportunity to work flexibly;
• easy access to the beautiful regional centres and cities,

Pupils can expect a diverse range of work including:
• carrying out drafting assignments for practising advocates;
• assisting with legal research;
• shadowing advocates in complex client conferences,
• shadowing advocates in ADR cases working under considerable pressure at times, and occasionally in tribunal;
• during the second 6 to begin to lead such meetings and conferences themselves, with appropriate support;
• not to routinely work weekends or over bank holidays, unless an exceptional client needs demands it

As much tax work is paper-based and as it often it is in clients’ best interests to seek to resolve matters by negotiation and agreement, without recourse to the courts, pupils should not expect to be in court or tribunal frequently rather as cases demand.

Successful candidates will be team players with a real interest in people and technical excellence, and an enthusiasm to work in the complex field of tax, law long term. Academic training in tax at university, CTA and / or experience of working in tax (either paid or unpaid) will be an advantage, but not essential.

In order to ensure that pupils have every opportunity to develop, we offer mentoring, CPD and career development to help pupils develop the practice they want. A designated mentor will be assigned to ensure that you have the chance to continue to learn and develop. You will also have regular meetings with our wider partners to help ensure your practice and career is heading in the direction you want it to.

HCR values inclusion and diversity and applicants wishing to work part time or flexibly will welcomed and not be disadvantaged. If you would like to work part-time, please outline your preferred working pattern in your application.

Whilst we value academic results we also prize strong interpersonal skills, and motivation is also important to us. So please do say why you are applying together with what else you would bring to the role as result of your wider interests and activities.

There are some great benefits for pupils seeking to join HCR including:
• Scottish Widows Pension Scheme
• flexible working
• 27 days paid annual leave (plus public holidays)
• Happy People / Perks at Work benefits portal
• Cycle to Work scheme
• Life Assurance
• Enhanced family leave
• 1/3 gym membership contribution
• Free annual Flu vaccinations
Application Questions

The following questions will form the Pupillage Application Questionnaire section of the application form for this pupillage vacancy. These are included here to allow you to prepare in advance.

  1. Why do you want pupillage? (200 words)
  2. Tax has a reputation for being a bit tough. Why do you want to work in it? (200 words)
How to apply
To apply, please click on the Apply Online link below and then complete the online application form.

Successful applicants will be invited to a first round interview (with the option for this to be held remotely via Zoom or Teams, if necessary). This interview will be an opportunity to get to know the candidate and involve competence based questions.

Successful interviewees will then be shortlisted for a second face-to-face interview involving an advocacy or negotiation exercise.