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DATE ADDED: Fri 07/02/2020

Financial Controller

London, UK


JOB TYPE: Permanent, FullTime

SALARY: Negotiable

We have an incredible opportunity working in finance department of an established London based law firm. The firm is medium sized with just over 100 fee earners, specialising in Corporate and Property law. They are based in prestigious offices in the heart of London’s Mayfair and will be expanding to Canary Wharf in the New Year.

They are looking to recruit a Finance Controller. The successful candidate will be responsible for the planning, managing, operating and controlling of the firm’s accounting services. The successful candidate will be a qualified accountant and have experience of managing and developing a team.


Financial Management

  • Maintain proper accounting records of the LLP and Service Company
  • Ensure financial controls are in place and adhered to
  • Identify and address financial risks and opportunities
  • Manage lock up by driving activity on WIP management, billing and collection
  • Meet with budget holders in order to prepare annual budgets and to analyse, review and forecast their business areas
  • Review and validate office and client payments
  • Manage the year-end financial audit


  • Review and publish monthly management accounts and associated reports within agreed timescales
  • Review and publish cashflow and P&L forecasts
  • Production and distribution of other ad hoc management information
  • Conduct profitability analysis at team, client and matter level
  • Analyse and model new initiatives and scenarios
  • Review and publish the annual statutory accounts and corporation tax returns
  • Review and provide financial information for legal press surveys, new business pitches, panel reviews and other marketing purposes
  • Oversee all other internal and external reporting delivered by the finance team


  • Manage, support, train and develop the finance team
  • Design and deliver best practice training to fee earners (including partners)
  • Work closely with the Systems Accountant, IT department and other support departments to design and deliver solutions, automating where possible
  • Continually appraise existing systems and processes and lead on any change initiatives required
  • Review and update policies and guidance notes

Candidate Profile

  • A qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA) with 5 years PQE gained within the legal sector
  • A good understanding of the Solicitors’ Accounts Rules
  • Good knowledge of VAT and partnership tax
  • Experience of managing and developing a team
  • Advanced MS Excel skills
  • SQL reporting skills would also be an advantage
  • Experience of preparing financial statements and managing audits

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