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Job Title Finance Assistant
Location Bristol

Join a team that makes real changes

Bevan Brittan is a UK-Top 100 commercial law firm providing a comprehensive range of legal services from offices in Birmingham, Bristol Leeds and London.

The firm advises businesses across construction, energy & resource management, higher education and financial services, complementing the firm's market leadership within housing, local government and health and social care.

We currently employ over 480 staff, including 83 Partners, and our award-winning teams provide construction, commercial, corporate, property, regulatory, employment and litigation (commercial and clinical negligence) legal advice.

Bevan Brittan was named among 'The Times Best Law Firms 2021' and has recently won three major industry awards, along with being shortlisted as a Finalist for a further eleven.

Bevan Brittan is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.

Learn from the best

Bevan Brittan has strong recognition in the independent legal directories - Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. In both guides we are consistently ranked in the top tier for our practices across the UK, with multiple individuals recognised as leading lawyers.

A very supportive firm with the depth of skills in its teams to provide a full service. - Chambers 2021

Rise to the Challenge

Based in Bristol within the Finance Team, this role will see the candidate work alongside Purchase Ledger, Legal Cashiers & Billing to assist with timely transactional processing, resolution of queries and compliance with the SRA Accounting Rules. The role will involve being deployed dynamically across the teams to assist with workloads and deadlines, ensuring that service level agreements are adhered to, in conjunction with professional and accurate customer service both internally and externally. This role provides the opportunity to gain experience across the breadth of the finance team within a Top 100 law firm.

Main Duties:

  • Accurate & timely reconciliation of banking activities.
  • Prompt payment of invoices.
  • Efficient resolution of internal and external queries.
  • Processing of employee expenses.
  • Contribute towards SRA Accounting rule compliance.
  • Key point of contact with suppliers & experts.
  • Supplier account reconciliations.
  • Assist with annual audits.
  • Allocating receipts to client ledgers.
  • Other ad-hoc financial tasks.
  • Assisting with month end procedures.
  • Pre-bill generation for Fee Earner review.
  • Processing of bills following workflow edit & approval.
  • Timely management of shared inboxes.

Find out how far you can go

Skills & Experience:

  • Demonstrate experience in an Accounts Payable, Banking, Billing or general Finance role.
  • Excellent numeracy & MS Excel skills.
  • Good understanding and experience of accounting principles within a working environment.
  • Enthusiastic, organised, versatile, with a willingness to learn
  • Strong internal and external customer service ethic.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, capable of communication at all levels.
  • Good understanding of VAT and VAT rules, with the ability to apply this to the working environment.
  • Experience in using Financial Accounting Software (e.g., 3E)
  • Knowledge of the Solicitors Regulation Authority Account Rules (desirable).

Work-life Balance

We offer a substantial benefits package to all employees, which includes 25 days holiday (plus the option to buy up to an additional 5 days), a generous pension scheme and private medical insurance through Vitality (including "phone a GP service", discounted gym membership and 'Vitality' Partner discounts).

All of our people are entitled to a biannual private health assessment through Nuffield Health and are included in the group life assurance scheme. We also have an Employee Assistance Programme (free telephone support and counselling service) and a cycle scheme (Save Tax & NI on a bike for cycling to work).

Where possible, we want to offer all Bevan Brittan people flexibility to work their week in a way that suits them - we operate a hybrid working model based on the needs of our clients, teams and that of the individual. Our core business hours are 9am - 5:15pm Monday to Friday, however we are open to individuals working more flexibly around those times and would welcome a conversation with you if you have any questions.

Responsible Business

To us, being a responsible business is second nature; a core part of Bevan Brittan's identity, running through our culture and embodied by the clients we serve.

Bevan Brittan seeks to play an active role within its local office communities. Through regular fundraising events, support for local initiatives and annual charity donations at Christmas, we have established a culture of giving within the firm. This has laid the foundations for our Responsible Business strategy.

In December 2020 we donated a total of £40,000 to our four regional office charities, with each charity receiving £10,000 towards the causes colleagues support throughout the year. The donations went towards providing vital services after a particularly challenging year. Our current selected charity in Bristol is Great Western Air Ambulance.

We want to demonstrate our commitment to these causes through action rather than words; colleagues from across the firm are already heavily involved, living and breathing the four pillars of our Responsible Business strategy:

  • Community Engagement
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Wellbeing
  • Environmental Sustainability

Collectively, these four pillars ensure we look after our colleagues' wellbeing; offer an environment in which all can progress on merit, regardless of personal circumstances or background; give something back to the communities in which we work; and protect the environment.

Some recent initiatives include:

  • Strava running club: a virtual firm-wide running club on Strava, with regular challenges to keep us all motivated to stay active.
  • Live Cook Along for Black History Month: We hosted a live virtual 'Cook Along' to share the connective power of food and community.
  • UK Disability History Month: We supported the event with informative pieces and real life stories, reflecting our commitment to supporting those of our colleagues who have a disability or who care for someone with a disability.
  • Each lawyer has the opportunity to undertake pro bono legal work for local charities and not-for-profit organisations. This has seen colleagues support the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (Bristol), St Werburgh's City Farm (Bristol) and Moseley Road Swimming Baths (Birmingham).
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