Smith & Williamson

Smith & Williamson 2024 graduate opportunities

Company Company Profile

Smith & Williamson is a leading independent financial services firm combining an accountancy practice, investment management arm and a private bank.

We provide award-winning services to individuals, corporates, professional practices and non-profit organisations. The breadth of services we offer as a firm is unparalleled and makes us unique in the industry. However, our hallmark is the integrity and the commitment we give to our client relationships.

These are the values that have been at the core of Smith & Williamson since it was founded over 100 years ago. These values allow us to continue to provide the kinds of bespoke solutions to our clients that really make a difference.

To provide the service our clients expect we know our trusted business advisers need an empowering and supportive work environment. With 12 UK offices and global reach through membership of Nexia International, we're big enough to be competitive. Yet our size means you'll be part of a friendly, enthusiastic team – and get to know colleagues across the firm.

Your career is our future. That's why we are committed to developing trusted business advisers who can really fulfil our clients' potential. Join us and you'll see just why the difference is clear at Smith & Williamson.

Case Studies

  • Name: Jordan
  • Role: Trainee Chartered Accountant, Assurance and Business Services – London

The opportunity to work with a variety of clients makes every day interesting. It also provides you with a strong and broad experience of business and commerce in general. So far I've worked on clients in a number of sectors - investment management, IT, charities and housing associations. It’s challenging work – but there’s an active social life here too!

Training & Profiles

At Smith & Williamson we recruit high calibre people with the skills, knowledge and commitment to meet the demands of the business.

Opportunities are available in the following areas:

  • Assurance and Business Services
  • Corporate Tax
  • Private Client Tax
  • Investment Management

Graduate Programmes - Graduate Trainees joining departments across assurance & business services, corporate tax and private client tax services pursue one or more of the following qualifications: Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA), Association of Tax Technicians (ATT) and Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA). Our investment management trainees work towards the Investment Advice Diploma (IAD) and the Masters in Wealth Management (CISI).

Whichever area you choose, you’ll get first–class training and will develop the skills needed to become a trusted business adviser. In addition, placements in other departments mean greater insight into our business and the chance to expand your networks across the firm.

Summer Internships - You won't be left making the tea on an internship at Smith & Williamson. We want to show you how we work, and find out more about you. And, most importantly, your ability to make the kind of difference we're looking for in our future business advisers. That means getting involved with the type of work that our graduates carry out on a day-to-day basis. Hands-on experience in our tax and business services division can include everything from attending meetings with partners to client visits.

Application Procedure


Graduate trainee roles in Investment Management require a minimum B grade in GCSE Maths and English Language, 320 UCAS points in your top three A-levels (excluding General Studies) and a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree.

Graduate trainee roles and summer internships in Assurance & Business Services, Corporate Tax and Private Client Tax Services require a minimum B grade in GCSE Maths and English Language, 300 UCAS points in your top three A-levels (excluding General Studies) and a minimum 2:2 undergraduate degree.

Applications from all degree disciplines are accepted.

Competitive starting salary.