On Demand Workshop – SRA Accounts Rules: The Essentials

SRA Accounts Rules: The Essentials

SRA Accounts Rules – The Essentials

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 has any involvement in working in legal finance and compliance.

Purpose of this training?

The current SRA Accounts rules allow more flexibility in how law firms operate and manage risk but also require firms to make their own professional judgements and decisions in how they protect client money and assets entrusted to them.

This on demand workshop will explore the technical and practical application of the accounts rules and best practice to ensure compliance. It will address issues that have emerged from the warning notices guidance that has been subsequently released and will look at conundrums, scenarios and recent Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal decisions.


  • Introduction
  • Client Money and Client Bank Accounts
  • Legal Aid Money
  • Client Account Exemption
  • Management of Money and Timeframes
  • Residual balances
  • Banking Facilities
  • Systems and Controls
  • Client Bank Reconciliations
  • Joint Accounts/Client Own Accounts
  • Breaches
  • Third Party Managed Accounts (TPMA’s)
  • The Role of the Accountant and the Report
  • SRA Additional Guidance
  • Summary of the Changes 2011 -v- 2019
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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.

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Why On Demand

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  • 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

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