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Finance Assistant

Employer
ABC Chambers Solutions
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
28 Jan 2022

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Sector
Accountancy
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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Our client is a leading set specialising in Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Reinsurance, Professional Negligence, IT and Telecoms, Tax, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence. They currently seek an experienced Accounts Assistant/Fees Clerk to support fee collection and to perform general accounts tasks including accurate processing of transactions on Sage 50, preparing weekly supplier payments, reviewing expense claims, assisting with year-end procedures, and responding appropriately to queries.

The successful applicant will have previous bookkeeping experience and 5+ years' of fee collection or aged debt management.

Hours of Work: Monday to Friday 9:30am - 6:00pm (remote working)

Reports to: Chambers Administrator

Job Purpose

Acting in accordance with Chambers' policies and procedures:

* Ensure that fees are collected promptly and in an appropriate manner, consistent with the level of service clients expect from chambers

* Perform general accounts tasks including processing customer/supplier invoices accurately and efficiently, posting to Sage 50, responding appropriately to customer/supplier queries

* Undertake other ad hoc accounts/fee collection related tasks or projects

Key responsibilities

Fee Collection:

* Review aged debt reports and consult LEX Workflow to identify specific fees to be chased, contact clients to request payment, complete detailed case notes for the benefit of clerks/barristers and adjust the relevant fee cycle as appropriate.

* Ensure that LEX Workflow is managed effectively, that routine reminders are produced, issued and followed-up methodically and efficiently.

* Process cheque and BACS payments, file payment notifications on the relevant case record and issue receipts.

* Deal with enquiries concerning fee related matters. Respond to requests for copy invoices/receipts, barrister bank details, etc. and update individual profiles with the appropriate information.

* Prepare and submit applications for payment(s) on account, final bills via the Legal Aid Agency Portal.

* Obtain valid EU VAT certificates or equivalent proofs and adjust/update VAT for relevant cases.

* Liaise with clerks to adjust fee notes and provide reconciliations as required. Liaise with counsel regarding points of dispute.

* Provide routine reports/updates to members of chambers as required. Alert the Chambers Administrator to cases that may require intervention and escalation (legal action/Joint Tribunal Service).

* Provide ad hoc/project assistance to the Chambers Administrator in fee collection and related matters, including providing cover for absent colleagues.

Accounts:

* Daily management of petty cash, including posting entries to Sage and completing monthly account reconciliation.

* Preparation of customer invoices/credit notes on a monthly basis (or on ad hoc basis as required), including processing direct debit payment requests.

* Processing supplier invoices/credit notes posting these to Sage, dealing with supplier queries, as required.

* Preparing and processing supplier payment runs.

* Preparing standard and bespoke reports, as necessary.

* Provide ad hoc/project assistance to the Chambers Administrator in accounts and related matters, including providing cover for absent colleagues.

Person Specification:

Essential experience and skills:

* Previous experience of bookkeeping, fee collection and aged debt management within chambers or in a similar legal environment.

* Working knowledge of fee collection software and Sage 50.

* Excellent numeracy and IT skills including intermediate Excel, Word and Outlook.

* Capable of operating in a professional and demanding environment with the ability to act in a professional, conscientious and efficient manner and apply discretion, tact and diplomacy at all times
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