The Liver Building

SRA Accounts Rules – Advanced


Speaker: Ian Johnson

Date: Thursday 29th April, 2021

Time: 12:00 - 16:00

Areas of Law: Management


Course Code: S4515


Can’t make the date/time or need to revisit the training? No problem, booking onto this event means you will receive a link to access a recording of the event at your leisure!

The link will be sent within approx 72hrs of live broadcast & be available for approx. 3 months, to view as many times as you wish.

This course is designed for experienced finance staff, COFAs, finance partners and managing partners who have overall responsibility for compliance with the SRA Accounts Rules.

The half day course will include a discussion of the 2019 Accounts Rules, the underlying principles of protecting client money and will also explore all of the relevant guidance that the SRA has released to support understanding and application of the rules.

The course will also include an overview of the 2011 Accounts Rules which many senior team members will have spent much of their professional life working with, and will look at how, although much of the prescriptive detail has been removed from the new rules, the principles and key definitions still apply. We will also consider the key areas where the regulation is different and how firms can ensure they remain compliant.

The course will look at the key financial systems and controls that firms should have in place, the role of the COFA in implementing and monitoring these controls and how to get ‘buy in’ from the rest of the team.

Ian will also explore the current SRA hot topics that all senior team members should be aware of, including provision of prohibited banking facilities, financial stability indicators and third party managed accounts.

Speaker Biographies

Ian is a director in the Business Advisory Group at Saffery Champness LLP, a large firm of accountants based in London.

Ian works closely with professional practices and has considerable experience in advising law firms on all aspects of financial reporting and accounting matters, including statutory accounts and audit issues. He advises on the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Accounts Rules, financial and regulatory compliance, restructuring, internal management reporting, financial forecasting and tax compliance.

Ian’s law firm clients range in size and type, including new start-up practices, sole practitioners, traditional partnerships, highly specialised boutique practices, and large national practices.

Ian is Chair of the Executive Council with the Institute of Legal Finance and Management (ILFM), and is also a part of the ICAEW Solicitors’ Community Committee.


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Non-member £150
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