James Selby – CTA Trainee

Read about James’ training experience at Roffe Swayne to date

When did you join?

I joined in August 2014.

Why Roffe Swayne?

I was initially attracted to Roffe Swayne as an independent practice because I wanted to be involved in the team, and contribute directly to the overall success of the business. What’s great about Roffe Swayne is I get involved with the whole tax team and learn from their experience. My personal achievements are recognised so I feel I have a genuine impact on the client service provided. Roffe Swayne offers a really well structured tax training programme with support throughout. This has provided me with a really strong start to my career as a tax adviser.

How have you found it?

As a trainee in the tax department I have received a wealth of experience and training across the various taxation services offered by the firm from private client and trusts to corporation tax. We have the flexibility to pursue our own study route; and ultimately have the power to select how we wish to specialise. I preferred the work involved with the private client side, I chose to specialise in IHT, trusts and estates.

And the people?

I’m fortunate to work with a highly competent and knowledgeable team. I joined without any prior experience of working in a busy tax department and to begin with it was a fairly steep learning curve, however everyone has been exceptionally supportive. There is always someone to offer guidance, whether it’s simple things like knowing who to contact with a certain query, or general assistance with day to day work.

We’re quite a sociable group and people from across all departments in the office take part in the range of networking events and activities on offer here. We play a fair bit of table tennis during lunch which has become quite competitive. We also have football and badminton on a weekly basis. Plus cricket throughout the summer and events to meet with clients on a more informal basis.

What has been your best moment?

So far my best moment was qualifying for my ATT. Furthermore, I am now involved in much more complex tax assignments, building on my knowledge.

For more information

For more information on trainee opportunities at Roffe Swayne, contact Pauline Smith on:

01483 416232

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