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.


Trainee Vacancy

We have a trainee vacancy for 2020.  If you would like to know more about our opportunity, or apply for a training contract, please contact Claire Vincent

Family Department Assistant

Due to our steady growth over the last few years, together with our ambitions to continue this growth, we have a vacancy for a full-time assistant in the Family Team.  A key element of the role will be to provide professional secretarial and administrative support to the department’s fee earners, to enable them to provide high-quality legal services to the department’s clients. The ideal candidate will therefore need to have superior secretarial and administrative skills, including audio typing, and have commensurate abilities to plan and organise their work.  A high standard of written and verbal communication skills is also required, together with the ability to use various MS Office applications capably, especially to produce high-quality documents.  Good attention to detail is therefore an obvious requirement.  Experience of using Practice Management Systems would also be beneficial.

The ideal candidate will also need to be a proactive team worker, i.e. be able to help prioritise and execute the team’s work on a daily basis with other members of the team, whilst also being flexible and adaptable as things change, in what is often a fast-paced environment.  It goes without saying that they will have a genuine can-do, will-do attitude.

Another really important element of this role is to be the first point of contact with clients and potential clients.  Due to the nature of the department’s work, callers may well be experiencing a difficult phase in their life and consequently, may be experiencing a range of negative emotions.  The role therefore involves dealing with people who could well be upset, angry etc. Therefore, the ideal candidate for the role will need to have superior interpersonal skills and be able to interact with callers in a truly empathetic way.  They will also be able to draw out from them sufficient relevant information, in order to be able to progress the matter as effectively as possible.  In short, they will need to be friendly, open and engaging, whilst also being practically and objectively focussed.

Whilst previous experience of having worked in another family team, or indeed another department of a law firm, would be advantageous, it is not essential.  Of more importance are the skills and attributes described above, as full training will be provided, working alongside the team’s highly experienced staff. Regardless of your previous experience, another important attribute that we are looking for is the desire and ability to learn things quickly.

An attractive pay and reward package is offered for this role, which includes a competitive salary (dependent on qualifications, experience and record of achievement), together with an attractive benefits package, as described below.

Based at Martlesham Heath, on the eastern outskirts of Ipswich, the firm’s premises are within easy access of the A12 and 66 Bus Route.

To apply, please send your up-to-date CV via the “Send CV” button, attaching a covering letter.  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.

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, or via conventional post to the postal address provided. 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.


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.