Careers


We are a highly respected legal firm based near Suffolk’s picturesque Heritage Coast, and we are always looking for talented people.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for any of these vacancies or opportunities, please send your CV, together with covering letter to Claire Vincent, Partnership Manager.

Similarly, we are always pleased to receive applications on a speculative basis, which should be submitted in the same way.


Barker Gotelee is committed to recruiting people fairly and objectively. All applications will be treated equally, in accordance with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010, i.e. regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or sexual orientation.

We have a reputation for providing clients with a trusted legal service that is unmatched in its excellence and considerate approach. By joining us, you will be part of a team that believes in giving clients a first-class personalised service.

We need high-calibre employees who can offer the best quality legal support, while working in a friendly environment and making the most of our training and development opportunities.

We are based in Martlesham, just outside Ipswich, ideally situated between the town and the countryside. Just a few miles away are the beautiful beaches and picturesque seaside towns of Suffolk’s historic Heritage Coast, whilst in the other direction you can reach London in just over an hour. The area boasts fashionable locations such as Woodbridge, Aldeburgh, Southwold and Walberswick and enjoys a vibrant cultural and social scene with events such as the Latitude Festival taking place each year.

Vacancies


Private Client Department – Tax Specialist

Barker Gotelee is a highly regarded Chambers/Legal 500 rated firm established in 1988. We are seeking a capable and committed Private Client Lawyer, Legal Executive or Accountant with specialist knowledge and interest in taxation, to join our growing and ambitious Private Client Department (PCD).

This role will require managing and developing a caseload of predominantly high net worth (HNW) clients, drawn mainly from Suffolk, but also from across East Anglia.

Like all other members of the PCD team, the ideal candidate will enjoy an interesting, challenging and varied workload. The work will involve understanding and applying technical areas of taxation law, to a high standard and with strong attention to detail. Consequently, there will be opportunities to become meaningfully involved in technically challenging projects for HNW clients, where your expertise will be valued. You will be given responsibility within a supportive environment, which encourages continuous professional development.

An interest in, and enthusiasm for, tax advice is vital. Experience in advising farmers, land owners and HNW clients would be an asset. We would expect applicants to be members of STEP, to hold a CIOT or other professional tax advice qualification, or to be in the process of acquiring such a membership or qualification. The ideal candidate will be able to advise on Inheritance Tax, especially APR and BPR, Capital Gains Tax, Stamp Duty Land Tax and Income Tax.

This role will ideally suit a lawyer or accountant circa 5 years + PQE. However, this PQE is expressed as a guideline only. We are happy to hear from anyone who can demonstrate the necessary capabilities required effectively to fulfil the role.

Applicants must be commercially minded, team-oriented, able to work confidently and efficiently and put excellent client service at the heart of their work. This will include being able to deliver key information clearly and succinctly to clients. Applicants must also have proven fee-earning, case management and client development skills, together with excellent organisational and financial management discipline. The ability to see the bigger picture, whilst not missing any of the finer details will also be important, as will the ability to work independently, from time-to-time, demonstrating your initiative.

A desire and ability to contribute effectively to marketing, networking and business-development activities, both for the department and the firm as a whole, is also required. You will be encouraged to develop long-lasting relationships with clients.

A competitive salary, dependent on qualifications, experience and record of achievement, together with an attractive benefits package, is offered for this role. The benefits package is described below and also includes free car-parking.

To apply, please send your up-to-date CV, attaching a covering letter, via the “Send CV” button (email claire.vincent@barkergotelee.co.uk) or via post FAO Claire Vincent. Your covering letter should explain why you are interested in the role and why you think you would be successful in it, highlighting your stand-out career achievements to-date, together with your professional plans and ambitions.

Accounts Assistant

We have a vacancy for a full-time Accounts Assistant.  The firm’s accounts assistants, who report to the Head of Finance, are responsible for office and client accounting for the firm. This includes all cash and banking transactions, and processing of receipts and payments. In due course, with training, the role will involve processing day to day finance transactions, from sales ledger posting of bills to supplier statement reconciliations, assisting with purchase ledger maintenance. The role also involves assisting solicitors and fee-earners with financial matters connected to their roles.

Whilst there are no formal requirements for any specific qualifications for this role, some relevant experience in carrying out financial management processes is required, e.g. by having carried out a similar role elsewhere, or with specific experience in purchase ledger, sales ledger, cashiering etc. It will also be advantageous to possess some understanding of how a professional practice works. Additionally, you will be adept at using the usual range of Microsoft Office applications, such as Excel, Word and Outlook and at working with colleagues via video-conferencing platforms, such as MS Teams.

It goes without saying that you will need to be well-organised, with good planning and prioritising skills, together with being able to work accurately, especially when under pressure, as the role often requires the processing of a high volume of frequently high-value transactions. In such situations, it will be important for you to be able to keep calm and maintain a professional approach, and to project this in interactions with your colleagues.

Due to the current COVID-19 related circumstances, this role is currently being carried out mostly remotely. However, it is planned that this role will return to the firm’s office premises, just as soon as circumstances permit. Thus, you will need to be able to work effectively from home and the firm will provide any necessary equipment for you to be able to do this comfortably and productively.

In the first instance, you will be required to attend the firm’s premises, in order to undertake the necessary initial training.  To ensure the safety of everyone whilst working in the office, the firm carries out regular risk assessments and has put in place measures such as the provision of hand sanitizer, perspex screens, one-way systems and posters containing up to date advice.

Other key skills and attributes required for the role include:

  • Written and verbal communications skills.
  • Problem solving.
  • Team working.
  • The aptitude to learn.
  • Proactivity and initiative.
  • Confidentiality and discretion.
  • The ability to challenge and adapt existing processes, to ensure they are fit for purpose.
  • A willingness and ability to adapt to change.

This is a full-time role, with standard hours of 09:00 – 17:00, Monday to Friday, so as to ensure the full range of financial management services are provided both to the firm’s staff and its clients, for the duration of every business day.

A competitive salary, dependent on qualifications, experience and record of achievement, together with an attractive benefits package (set out below), is offered for this role.

To apply, please send your up-to-date CV, attaching a covering letter, to Claire Vincent, Partnership Manager via the “Send CV” button (email claire.vincent@barkergotelee.co.uk) or via post FAO Claire Vincent. Your covering letter should explain why you are interested in the role and why you think you would be successful in it, highlighting your stand-out career achievements to-date, together with your professional plans and ambitions.

Reward package


Our reward package includes a competitive salary, plus a range of benefits, including a minimum of 24 days’ holiday per year (pro-rata) plus bank holidays, a contributory pension scheme, private medical insurance, life insurance and free car parking.

Trainee opportunities


We usually recruit one trainee each year, typically selecting two years in advance. Our trainees benefit from the practical experience in line with specific client instructions, while working under the supervision of a department head.

What are we looking for in an ideal trainee?  You’ll need to demonstrate a passion to pursue a legal career, together with strong academic achievement, specifically a minimum 120 UCAS points at A-level (equivalent to BBB), at least a 2:1 degree, and a minimum Commendation in both the GDL and LPC.  Superior intellect will also be required, this allied to outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.  It goes without saying that you’ll be extremely well-organised, with a keen eye for detail and be able to convince us that you have the mental agility to keep up with the constantly evolving legal landscape.  You’ll also be commercially savvy and comfortable with the financial responsibilities of being a lawyer.

More specifically, we’ll be using the following criteria to assess candidates throughout the recruitment and selection process, which includes the initial CV and covering letter:

Commitment to excellence Interpersonal skills
Motivation & Ambition Business acumen/commercial awareness
Professionalism & Organisational skills Critical and analytical thinking
Verbal & written communication skills  

Additional information on how to apply for a traineeship at Barker Gotelee can be found here.

What type of firm are we?  Barker Gotelee now employs circa 60 people and has four legal departments.  These are Property, Private Client, Business Services and Family.  Thus, there will be some flexibility about where to spend your time as a trainee.  We like to think that we provide legal services of the highest quality and do this in a caring and friendly manner.  We are also mindful of the health and well being of our staff and are continuously looking for ways to promote this agenda.

An attractive pay and reward package is offered for this role, which includes a competitive salary, together with an additional benefits package, the main constituents of which are a minimum 24 days’ holiday per year (pro-rata) plus public holidays, a contributory pension scheme, private medical insurance, life insurance and free car-parking.  The firm’s premises are within easy access of the A12 and the local 66 Bus Route from central Ipswich.

To apply, please send your up-to-date CV, attaching a covering letter, via the “Send CV” button (email claire.vincent@barkergotelee.co.uk) or via post FAO Claire Vincent . Your covering letter should explain why you are interested in the role and why you think you would be successful in it, i.e. how you meet the criteria described above.  You should also highlight your stand-out career and life-achievements to-date, together with your personal and professional plans and ambitions.

Work experience placements


We offer work experience for students who wish to gain ‘hands-on’ experience, and learn about different areas of law, as well as careers available in our industry.