- Importance of relevant & regular financial reporting
- Best practices in working capital management
- Appropriate funding for your firm
- Other risk areas which impact financial stability such as:
- Indemnity claims
- Cyber-crime and other types of fraud
Chair opens ~ Jo Morris
Identifying and Managing Financial Risk ~ Sara Hutton, Sara Hutton Consulting
Your Cash-room acting as a ‘fee earner’ ~ Paul McCluskey, Lloyds Bank
This session will explore 3 key initiatives which can effectively help the cash-room contribute to the income of a legal practice
- Generating an income from client money management
- Using bank debt in the appropriate way
- Dodging the cyber-crime ‘bullet’
Improving controls in your finance team & an introduction to the updated SRA Accounts Rules ~ Karen Hain, Moore & Smalley
- Month end reconciliations – looking for red flags
- Transfers – asking the right questions
- Back ups – data and staff
- SRA Accounts Rules – what we expect to see, and how will this impact on finance team
GDPR: “how’s it going?” ~ Shazia Zamir Teal
- Statutory Obligations – GDPR headlines
- Applying the rules – a practical approach
- What firms have focused on before and after 25th May
- Dealing with SARs
- Dealing with a data breach
SRA Risk Outlook ~ Jo Morris, Jo Morris Training and Consultancy
- The SRA Outlook 2018/19 – What is it?
- Priority risks for the finance department:
- Cyber security
- Information security including confidentiality and GDPR
- Investment schemes
- Money laundering
- Protecting client money
- Compliance training to cover these risks
- The costs of getting it wrong
Karen Hain is a chartered accountant, registered auditor, partner and head of the professional practices department within MHA Moore and Smalley. She has over 25 year’s experience working with North West based businesses. She leads a specialist team of advisers supporting legal firms in all aspects of annual accountancy, tax and SRA Accounts Rules compliance and provides added value services across a wide range of strategic, financial, management and risk based areas to law firms. Karen qualified as a Lexcel consultant and presents to local Law Societies annually on the SRA Accounts Rules and COFA duties. Karen also heads up the Professional Practices sector group for MHA, an association of 8 independent accountancy firms across the UK who collectively look after over 170 legal firms with over 500 partners.
Sara Hutton is an independent consultant to law firms with 20 years as a Bank Manager specialising in support and advice to law firms. Her unique experience has been built working with over 60 law firms, gaining valuable insight into reporting and management of financial performance. She now advises law firm leaders on finance structuring and risk management to achieve their business objectives. Her knowledge spans firms from sole traders to 20+ partner firms operating across the full breadth of activities from niche family and PI to more traditional high street.
Paul McCluskey is Head of Professional Practices, SME Banking at Lloyds Bank, which looks after businesses with annual turnover of up to £25 million. His role is to ensure that the bank’s professional practice customers receive the right level of service, delivered by specialist relationship managers, and financial products designed to meet the needs of a changing professional landscape. Paul is responsible for maintaining a high level of understanding of sector issues among the Bank’s specialists, and he speaks and writes regularly on financial issues affecting the professions, and in particular the legal sector.
Joanna Morris has over thirty years’ experience working in solicitors practices from being a legal cashier to a practice manager. Joanna is a consultant having previously worked in a top 40 law firm as a Risk and Regulatory Compliance Training Manager. She has also worked as the Finance Compliance Manager for the first Alternative Business Structure (ABS) in Wales. She is a Diploma member of the Institute for Legal Finance and Management (ILFM). Joanna is a qualified NVQ assessor and holds a Certificate in Education for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector. Jo was highly commended in June 2011 by the Legal Education and Training Group (LETG) in the category Best Programme for Lawyers for Solicitors Accounts Rules training for Hill Dickinson LLP. She was also shortlisted in the category of Compliance Trainer of the Year for the Women in Compliance Awards 2014.
Shazia Zamir has over 20 year’s expertise in the Legal, Financial and Law Enforcement sectors. Shazia has developed the perfect platform on which to build a successful career in the field of risk and compliance. As a Compliance Consultant, her aim is to share this expertise with you.
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