An Introduction to Legal Accounting – Online Workshop

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An Introduction to Legal Accounting

Length: 3 Hours

Published September 29, 2022

Last Updated on October 8, 2022

Who is this training for?

This online workshop is for Legal Executives, Lawyers, Accountants, Compliance Officers, HOFA’s, Legal Accounts Professionals, Legal Cashiers and anyone that is new to the legal profession that has any involvement in working in legal finance and compliance.

Purpose of this training?

The finance department of a firm is responsible for managing the day-to-day transactions and finances of the business. This includes bookkeeping, preparation of balance sheets, cash flow reports, financial statements, record keeping and reporting. It also includes managing the payroll and accounts of the business. The finance department will also be involved with managing and conducting internal audits and ensuring compliance with the CILEx Accounts Rules.

Nearly all firms that transact client money will have a legal cashier, or in larger firms, a team of cashiers with the role being segregated into areas such as credit control, billing, compliance, management accountants and cashiering.

This workshop is designed to give an introduction to legal finance and how it all fits within legal practice. It is ideal for new starters, for those returning to legal practice and accounts or those working in legal software.

  • The Role of the Legal Finance Professional/Cashier
  • Introduction to Basic Double Entry Bookkeeping
  • Client, Business and Petty Cash Accounts
  • CILEx Accounts Rules – An Overview
  • Banking
  • Disbursements and Recharges – An Overview
  • Practice Management Software and Reporting
  • The Reporting Accountant and the Annual Audit
  • The Regulator and Investigations

Practice notes and training sessions represent the Association of Legal Compliance & Accounts’ view of good practice in a particular area. They are not intended to be the only standard of good practice that firms can follow.

Practice notes and training sessions are not legal advice, and do not necessarily provide a defence to complaints of misconduct or poor service. While we have taken care to ensure that they are accurate, up to date and useful, we will not accept any legal liability in relation to them.

Frequently Asked Questions

All ALCA online training is delivered live, interactive and is recorded. We bridge the gap between ‘face-to-face’ and online training by applying a blended approach. Questions can be posed to trainers throughout the workshops with quizzes/polls being used to engage with attendees.

Workshops can be continuously replayed for 60 days after broadcast.


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  • Can be taken anywhere on any device – no travel time or cost
  • Shorter and more efficient than face-to-face
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  • Recorded and can be replayed at your leisure


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Our online workshops are delivered via Zoom. You can access the session via your computer, tablet or mobile device.

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There is no requirement to attend live but we advise that you do where you can as this will be the best experience for you. Don’t forget, you can pose questions live to the trainer and join in with the interaction when you attend live. Also, be mindful that you have access to the recording for 30 days, after which, it will no longer be available.

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