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Simmons & Simmons are looking for a Client Cashier to join our
growing Finance team in Bristol. This role is responsible for the
client cashiering function for the firm’s UK offices, delivering an
efficient, effective and accurate service. The successful candidate
will ensure that all transactions are posted through the UK client
bank accounts in a timely manner in accordance with the Solicitors
Accounts Rules and are approved within the correct authorisation
limits. The Client Cashier acts as a key contact for Partners, MFE’s
(Matter Fee earner) and secretaries within the firm. The role may also
assist in the office cashiering function.
Main duties and responsibilities
Using technical expertise and building effective relationships
to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Solicitors Accounts Rules:
Establishing good working relationships with MPs (Matter Partners)
and MFEs to ensure that focus is maintained on all client account
transactions and that all receipts and payments are dealt with in
accordance with the SARs and within the firms policies and procedures.
Ensuring the timely and accurate allocation and processing of
client account receipts, payments and transfers adhering to the SAR
at all times.
Ensuring that client account payments are processed in a timely
and accurate manner in accordance with finance policies and procedures.
Ensuring the daily, weekly and monthly reconciliations of the
office bank accounts are performed within the correct time frames
for management review.
Production and distribution of various, system driven, management
reports to ensure accurate financial information and timely
attention to aged balances.
Ensuring the application and posting of client interest payments
and the relevant transfer of monies between bank accounts.
Verification of transactions on behalf of the finance department,
providing corporate governance and financial control.
Providing a quality service and ensuring that the team
processes and objectives align with business needs:
Obtaining relevant feedback in order to advise on improvements to
the processes of the team and actively promoting the finance function.
Adhering to agreed best practices, policies and processes whilst
adapting to local requirements as necessary.
Consistently sharing knowledge and skills with colleagues.
Applying commercial logic to advise the business on best
practice in order to obtain the maximum financial benefit for the firm:
Maintaining constructive working relationships the MPs, MFEs and
secretaries within the firm and key personal within external
organisations to ensure that focus is maintained on the balances and
sums held within accounts.
Maintaining a high level of professionalism when dealing with
contacts within external organisations and to help in resolving
issues to achieve the best outcome for the firm.
Accepting responsibility and taking ownership of operational
issues, finding practical solutions and escalating issues where appropriate.
Assisting in the preparation for the SRA audits. Providing support
during the audit.
Providing commercial and legislative advice as appropriate.
Education / qualifications / experience:
At least 5 GCSE grade C or above or equivalent qualifications.
Experience in a Law firm environment with 3-5 years’ experience in cashiering.
To be able to demonstrate the application of best practice.
To be able to demonstrate experience of building successful relationships.
Knowledge and technical skills:
Intermediate Excel skills.
Very good working use of Microsoft office.
Ability to advise on functionality and system transactions.
Ability to advise the business on and ensuring compliance with the
provisions of the Solicitors Accounts Rules and Money Laundering
requirements and VAT legislation, seeking guidance or escalating