The role is primarily responsible for the day to day management of
the work-in-progress for designated practice groups covering the
firm's UK offices. This is a proactive role, supporting and working
alongside other Revenue Controllers in seeking to achieve and maintain
an optimum lock-up cycle and act as a focal point for matter partners
and matter fee earners within those designated practice groups.
What will you do:
Building effective relationships and networks inside and outside of
the firm to influence and improve the firm's lock-up cycle:
Establishing strong working relationships with all matter partners
through regular monthly review meetings to ensure that focus is
maintained on timely billing to meet agreed targets and billing timetables.
Ensuring that regular billing patterns, and where possible monthly
billing cycles, are established taking care that any special billing
arrangements are observed.
Applying commercial logic to advise the business on best practice in
order to obtain the maximum financial benefit for the firm:
Providing commercial and legislative advice as appropriate.
Obtaining relevant feedback to advise on improvements to the
processes of the team and actively promoting the finance function.
Providing a quality service and ensuring that the team processes and
objectives align with business needs
Consistently sharing knowledge and skills with colleagues.
Ensuring that all processes are carried out accurately and in a
timely manner, in line with agreed service levels
Adhering to agreed best practices, policies and processes whilst
adapting to local requirements as necessary.
Using technical expertise to provide detailed input into the accurate
valuation of WIP and ensuring compliance with the relevant Customs
& Excise legislation, the provisions of the Solicitors Accounts
Rules and Money Laundering regulations:
Provide and co-ordinate detailed input to the accurate valuation
of WIP on a periodic basis
Pro-active involvement and co-ordination in the firms audit and
taking ownership of the relevant work streams assigned.
Preparation of key management reports, applying advanced excel
functionality as necessary, to provide the practice with timely and
Issuing aged WIP, debt and draft bill reports to designated
practice groups on a weekly basis and meeting with them regularly to
plan the achievement of targets.
In the run in to month ends, send daily billing updates to those
practice groups to keep them informed of where they are against
monthly and year to date budgets.
Reporting to the Head of UK Finance and London Finance Managers on
progress against monthly billing targets.
What we are looking for:
Experience in a Law firm environment with experience of billing processes.
Able to work effectively as part of a diverse and inclusive team.
Flexibility and a willingness to work additional hours on occasion
Here at Simmons & Simmons:
We believe our people define us. Our working environment is genuinely
collegiate with a supportive atmosphere and team ethos - we have a
reputation for being a friendly culture which we are very proud of. An
inclusive and diverse culture, our innovative approach and being truly
international are just a few more things that make us, us.
Competitive Offer Package including bonus's dependant on
role/level, private medical insurance & pension contribution to
name a few.
Dress 'for your day' Code.
Hybrid working approach of 2 days a week required in the office
with flexibility dependant on role/team/client demands.
A wide range of international offices including: Hong Kong; Dubai;
Tokyo; Dublin; Milan; Bristol; Madrid; Singapore.
All offices have their own artwork collections - with a Damien
Hurst and a Tracey Emin in the London office. We have a long
standing history in supporting the art community especially up and
The creation of Simmons & Simmons Solutions - bringing
together the best legal advice from our established legal teams with
non-traditional capabilities that enhance, expand and differentiate
the Simmons offering.
We were ranked as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women and Top 30
Employer for Working Families in 2020.
We have Social and Sport Committees contributing to Xmas &
Summer parties, end of month drinks and various sporting events.
We also have a range of Diversity Network Groups including LGBT+,
Emerge (Race & Ethnicity) and The Number One Club (Women's
network) who have organised various talks and events firmwide.
If you are interested in finding out more about this position then
please contact the Recruitment Team with any questions. To apply for
the role please click on the link at the bottom of the page/visit
the career pages on our website, where there is also a detailed job description.