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Trainee Lawyer/Accountant

We are currently recruiting for a Trainee Lawyer/Accountant to join our Milan team!

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Permanent - Full Time



Job Role

Private Client and Tax

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About us

A law firm focused on people and collaboration. For the past 125 years, Withers has supported some of the world's most remarkable people and organisations at defining moments in their lives. We are the only international law firm focused on successful individuals and private capital, working closely with founders, investors and family offices. We also advise governments, charities, global brands and start-ups of all shapes and sizes. Many of our clients are shaping the future and creating solutions to tackle many of the world's problems.  It makes for a fascinating and challenging practice. Our role is to get to know each individual client, find out where they want to be, and help them to get there – whether they are building a business, looking after their family, involved in a complex dispute or protecting their finances for the future. To meet their unique needs we are exceptionally collaborative, working together across teams and time zones. We are agile, focusing on strategy rather than rigid ideas and traditional hierarchy. It is a truly flexible working culture that puts people first. Join us to be part of a team that is always looking to the future. Where initiative, big ideas and bold moves are always encouraged. Where you can truly be yourself.

The Role

We are looking for a very organised and flexible trainee lawyer (praticante avvocato) or trainee CPA (praticante commercialista) to join our private client and tax department, in Milan. Key elements of the role include:

  • Legal research
  • Document management, review and analysis
  • Assisting in preparing pitches and tenders and in aspects of business development
  • Assisting with client events
  • Produce accurate, high-quality work quickly and efficiently, using the firm's software packages and document management systems
  • Upon request, preparing first drafts of terms of engagement letters; using electronic file opening, ensuring anti-money laundering requirements are adhered to and requesting necessarily Know Your Client documentation
  • Providing effective and proactive communication with clients, legal staff and other support staff, organising meetings, answering the phone, taking messages, managing e-mail, etc.
  • Resolving accounting queries and producing monthly bills using Elite (finance and time recording system)
  • General administrative duties

This list of duties and responsibilities is not exhaustive. It is intended to describe the general content of, and requirements for the performance of this position.

Required skills and experience

  • Excellent academics (not less than 100/110)
  • Fluent Italian and English communication skills are mandatory (English proficiency equal to a C1 is a must)
  • Law or Economics graduate
  • Ideally 6-12 months of prior work experience in tax (we will consider prior experience in private client and wealth management)
  • Enthusiastic and engaged attitude with excellent people skills and a good, clear communication style
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong research skills
  • Teamwork is vital and you will often work alongside with colleagues in our overseas offices
  • Strong IT skills (e.g. Word & Excel)

For further information, please contact the recruitment team.



Information for Recruitment Agencies

We endeavour to recruit and fill vacancies directly. However, when we do need to engage with agencies, we operate a preferred supplier list ('PSL') and will not be accepting unsolicited applications from non-PSL agencies for this role.

Equal Opportunities Employment Statement

It is our policy to provide equal opportunities for all employees/prospective employees in relation to recruitment, training and promotion.  Decisions in these areas will be made only by reference to the requirements of the job and shall not be influenced by any consideration of ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability.


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