What’s your career at SRLV been like so far?
After graduating in 2017, I joined SRLV as an assistant in the music team and began my ACA training. As well as studying at my own pace, I’ve had the freedom to choose my career path. After qualifying, I wanted a new challenge and decided to move across to the personal tax team in 2020. I was fully supported to do this by both teams and made the transition within three months.
I’m now three years in and was promoted to assistant manager in 2023, and have just been made a manager. Whilst I’m still looking after music clients, I’ve been able to specialise in different areas, such as foreign entertainers and sports professionals coming to the UK, and am working closely with one of the tax partners.
What’s a typical day like for you now?
There are no quiet days, especially in tax! I’m learning all the time; tax legislation is changing constantly and there are always current issues, such as the Budget. It’s a great area to get into.
What’s the social life like at SRLV?
There are half a dozen interns starting together each year and everyone’s made to feel very welcome. It’s a community and there’s always something happening so you get to meet people quickly. We have a social committee organising regular monthly events, including sports activities, drinks on the roof terrace, pizza Fridays and breakfast mornings; there’s something for everybody.
What do you like most about working at SRLV?
There’s a family atmosphere here. All the partners are approachable; you can talk to them about life or share a joke. It’s not just about work, which is rare in a corporate setting. The partners are also open to everyone’s ideas and views on how to improve the firm.
I’ve always had a good work/ life balance, whereas friends, who I know at other firms, haven’t had this. It can also get very competitive when you’re a trainee at larger firms in terms of what exam results you get and the hours you work. It’s not like that here; we encourage each other to do well and everyone has a life outside of work.