On Demand – An Introduction to Legal Accounting

An Introduction to Legal Accounting

Speaker: Darren Whelan

Length: 2.5 Hours

Published September 24, 2022

Last Updated on May 1, 2023

Who is this training for?

This on demand workshop is for Solicitors, Lawyers, Accountants, Compliance Officers, COFA’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 SRA 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 on demand workshop is designed to give an introduction to legal finance and how it all fits within legal practice.


  • The Role of the Legal Finance Professional/Cashier
  • Introduction to Basic Double Entry Bookkeeping
  • Client, Business and Petty Cash Accounts
  • SRA 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
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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

Why On Demand

It’s really simple:

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

Online – the Cons

On Demand is not for everyone one. People learn differently and watching a pre-recorded training video can feel very lonely and isolated. It requires strong, self-motivation and time management skills. There is no opportunity to ask a question and receive an answer straight away as you would with an online or a face-to-face workshop.

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