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ACA/CTA Trainee – Corporate Tax Department

The Firm:

HW Fisher LLP is a top 25 UK chartered accountancy firm. We are a commercially astute organisation with a personal, partner-led service aimed at entrepreneurial small and medium enterprises (SMEs), large corporates, Not for Profit organisations and high-net worth individuals.
Our clients come from many different backgrounds and are active in all branches of commerce and industry. Our reputation is grounded in quality, delivering premium advisory services efficiently and cost-effectively.
Founded in 1933, the practice comprises 32 partners and approximately 280 staff supplying a range of services spanning audit, corporate taxation, private client services, VAT and forensic accounting, together with a range of sector groups offering specialist industry knowledge.

The Department:

The Corporate Tax Department currently comprises of a Principal, a Senior Manager, an Assistant Manager, a Senior and a trainee, overseen by two Partners. The Department advises clients across the practice and the work undertaken is very broad.

Focusing primarily on owner managed businesses, the team also handles large transactions, including areas such as EIS, share schemes and everything in between.

The Role:

We require an ACA/CTA trainee to join our growing Corporate Tax Team.

The successful candidate will join the Firm on a 4 year apprenticeship training contract to complete both the ACA and CTA qualifications. This is an excellent opportunity for somebody to join a busy team, working with a variety of different clients, whilst undertaking relevant qualifications with full study support.


The duties of this role are varied and can include:

  • Assisting the team with completing corporate tax returns
  • Assisting our managers with their portfolios
  • Liaising with HMRC, clients and staff regarding queries
  • Completing Form 431s from our Company Secretarial team
  • Other ad hoc duties in line with the role

As experience, knowledge and studies progress, the role will develop to taking on more responsibility, including assisting future trainees and other team members, and being part of the wider role that being a corporate tax professional involves.

The successful candidate may also have the opportunity to spend a secondment in our audit and accounts department.

The Candidate:

The ideal candidate will be a graduate, with at least a 2:1 degree and 120 UCAS points.

You will be:-

  • Computer literate
  • A quick learner
  • Able to work on own initiative or as part of a team
  • Numerate
  • Conscientious
  • In possession of good communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Accurate and pay attention to detail

In return you will be offered a four year apprenticeship training contract to complete the ACA and CTA qualifications.

The ACA training will be conducted by our training provider, First Intuition, whilst our CTA studies are provided by our tax training partner, Tolleys.

As part of the training process you will also receive on-the-job training in-house to enable you to put the theory into practice.

Please include a covering letter outlining the reasons why you think you would be suitable for this position.

The Benefits:

  • Salary: Competitive
  • Group Life Cover
  • 20 days holiday on commencement
  • Buying and Selling Holiday Scheme
  • Hybrid working policy – at least 2 days in the office a week, with a core hours system in place
  • PHI (Permanent Health Insurance)
  • Contributory Private Health Scheme
  • Non-Contributory Health Cash Plan
  • Season Ticket Loan (after qualifying period)
  • Discounted Gym Membership
  • Pension Scheme
  • Cycle voucher scheme


To apply for this position please contact Michael Fraser at

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