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Caroline Austin, Associate Tax Lawyer
Caroline Austin works as an Associate Tax Lawyer with Matheson. Her role involves advising on tax planning and corporate restructuring at a national and international level. Caroline studied law at Trinity College Dublin and is a qualified solicitor and an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).
When I was choosing a college course, I knew that I had an interest in law and that a law degree would provide me with a wide range of career opportunities in numerous different fields.
I have a Bachelor of Law degree from Trinity College Dublin, and a Masters in Commercial Law from UCD. I am also a qualified Solicitor, and an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).
The solicitor trainee programme is a two-year programme involving attendance at the PPCI and PPCII courses at the Law Society and working in a number of different departments in Matheson. I spent one of my trainee rotations in the Matheson Tax department, which is by far the largest tax group amongst Irish law firms.
During the course of this rotation, I worked side by side with partners and solicitors in the department as a member of the team and gained invaluable insight on the day-to-day work carried out in the tax department. Having already studied tax law in college and completed my trainee rotation in Matheson’s tax department, I was able to use this knowledge as grounding for the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) exams.
In my first year as a qualified solicitor, I started my studies for the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification with the Irish Tax Institute. Both in Matheson tax department and the tax industry as a whole, the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification is considered an essential qualification to obtain and I knew it would provide me with a further opportunity to enhance my knowledge and skills.