Best way to get into tax law/become a tax solicitor?Watch this thread
What i was wondering is how to specialize in tax specifically as I am not sure as to which of the top law firms practice it.
Also Im wondering about training contracts offered by accounting firms (mainly the KPMG one). Is this a good contract to pursue or are there better ones out there
Many thanks to anyone who can help answer
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i would say most commercial firms practice tax law. to find the top ones, here is a handy list for firms in london and their 'ranking' in tax https://www.legal500.com/c/london/co...corporate-tax/ this website is great because you'll be able to look regionally as well e.g. this is the strongest tax firms in the south west of the uk https://www.legal500.com/c/south-wes...corporate-tax/ you'll see some firms repeat in these lists because they'll have different offices in london and the south west. so research the firms on that list and apply to any that take your fancy. be careful though because some firms only practice tax in specific offices e.g. dentons only does tax work in its london office so make sure you apply to the right place when the time comes.
as for accounting firms i'd say there's no 'right' or 'wrong' training contract to pursue, just go somewhere you like that likes you back lol! kpmg/deloitte/pwc are just as much a solid choice as mcfarlanes/baker mckenzie.
just to add because this also came to my mind - i'm sure youre already considering it MonoAno555 but if you're solely interested in tax and are really focused on that and think having to do 18 months+ of non-tax seats in a law firm, it might be worth putting the idea of being a solicitor to one side for now and thinking about something like tax accountancy?? you've clearly done a lot of research into law but if you prefer the idea of being a tax specialist to being a lawyer, it might be more enjoyable for you to focus on that. bearing in mind during my entire law degree i think i've talked about taxes like... twice total and not something you'd be covering at least until the sqe so if you're not interested in law/commercial law in general you may find the pre-tc and tc process to an extent quite boring. but that's not to say you couldn't seek out opportunities to get involved with taxation in some way in a legal capacity on an extracurricular basis it just wouldn't be the main focus of your work until you're an NQ which, if you start uni in 2022 and assuming you got a tc in your second year, wouldn't be until at least 6 years later!