Rising tax stars

Having been an intern in Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP)’s tax department, I had the unique chance of experiencing the day-to-day life of a city law firm within one of the biggest tax teams in the UK.

The particularity of this internship is that it is specifically designed for LL.M students with an interest in taxation. BLP has one of the most highly regarded practices in the London market and gives advice on major tax deals across the country in different key industry sectors. Hence, the legal research that I had to perform was challenging, exciting and diversified.

This internship provided me with the exclusive opportunity to observe leading tax practitioners working in their fields and to discuss with them real cases involving various areas of tax. Having practiced in Montreal, Canada for more than five years in tax litigation, it was interesting to compare the differences in the litigation process between the UK and Canada.

The tax team was interested to hear my point of view and made me feel a part of one of the most respected tax teams in the UK. It follows that I developed a strong network of contacts within the profession.

I met various people with impressive backgrounds and expertise. Listening to David Goldberg QC describing his experiences in Court gave me a better perspective of the practice in the UK. Meeting people involved in the management of the firm enabled me to get insight into the business strategy of the firm and to develop a commercial thinking.

In addition, as a part of this internship, I published an article about the GAAR in the International Tax Review. It provided me with a good visibility and a valuable asset to add to my CV.

Julie Carine Leblanc-Leduc is a student at Kings College London, University of London and took part in BLP’s Future Tax Stars Programme in 2012