Billing within Law Firms – Online Workshop

Billing Within Law Firms


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Billing within Law Firms 

Length: 3 Hours

Published September 23, 2022

Last Updated on June 24, 2023

Who is this training for?

This online workshop is for Solicitors, Lawyers, Accountants, Compliance Officers, COFA’s, Legal Accounts Professionals, Legal Cashiers, Billing Teams, Credit Controllers and anyone that has any involvement in working in legal finance and compliance.

Purpose of this training?

Life is rarely straightforward and when it comes to billing, there are no exceptions. In this online workshop we explain what the solicitors’ bills rules are and why they are important when it comes to the recoverability of the fees, recharges and disbursements claimed in bills. We’ll look at billing procedures and processes, ensuring that VAT is accounted for correctly and at right time in accordance with the VAT Act 1994 and Brexit. It will also look at the different categories of bills that can be issued. Don’t forget, not all bills are equal in the eyes of the law. Unfortunately, the same terminology can be used when labelling and referring to different bills, confusion and misunderstanding can arise when dealing with them, not only on the part of clients but lawyers too.


Time to Supply

  • Basic Tax Point
  • Actual Tax Point
  • Extensions


  • Time recording
  • VAT rates
  • Client’s overseas (Place of ‘belonging’)
  • Land related services

Third Party Payers

  • Indemnity basis
  • VAT invoices

Administrative Aspects of VAT

  • Valid VAT invoices
  • Valid credit notes
  • Electronic invoices (structured and unstructured formats)
  • Layout
  • Types of bills – solicitors’ bills rules
  • Disbursements and recharges
  • VAT Returns

VAT Returns

  • Accounting software and VAT rates
  • Outputs and Output VAT
  • Errors and penalties

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 Online?

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.


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

Depending on your subscription and the length of the workshop, the pricing is as follows:


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Online (3 hours)

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

Details on how to join the online session will be provided the day before the training goes live.

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If your firm prevents you from using Zoom, please contact us.

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.

Not at all. We prefer it if candidates do as it makes the training more engaging but it is not mandatory to turn your camera or microphone on during the training session.

If you don’t have a microphone, you can still pose questions using the chat facility.

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