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Group Financial Controller

Legal Finance
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£80, 000 to £85, 000
Career Legal
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This client is an international law firm with offices across Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Their areas of work include commercial disputes, insurance, shipping and business & finance.


Their headcount stands at over 600 and growing. This is a great opportunity to advance a career in the legal finance sector.




Review the monthly P&L and Balance sheet submissions prepared by each office (either personally or having oversight of the team’s review) as well as by the FP&A team


Review the quarterly Balance sheet reporting packs and ensure any issues are followed up with each office


Responsible for managing the Partner Accounting


Responsible for the management accounts and liaison with budget holders


Specific responsibility for management accounts, financial controls and processes relating to the European offices


Responsible for Greek and Monaco accounts (based in London) as well as contract roles as appropriate


Planning and organising the year-end timetable in conjunction with our external advisors (KPMG and PWC)


Responsible for the Group Consolidated Statutory Accounts based on UK GAAP FRS102


Responsible for the Statutory Accounts for affiliated UK LLPs


Ensure all local office accountants and external accountants prepare quarterly reconciliations between local accounts accounting system (Elite Enterprise)


Provide input into, and maintain, the Group Policies, updating as required


Work closely with the Head of Finance to standardise processes


Work closely with the Head of Finance to build an effective internal control framework across all offices

Challenge existing processes to ensure there are sufficient internal controls. Longer term we plan to develop an internal audit


Work closely with Head of Finance and Director of Finance to develop the Management & Financial Reporting function


Attend bi-monthly Finance Forum with International Office representatives to discuss projects and future plans


Act as key contact point with our external auditors KPMG on the annual financial audit and with our external tax advisers PwC


Candidate Profile


Professional qualification (ACA/ACCA) with minimum 5 years’ post qualification experience


In depth knowledge of UK GAAP (essential) and international accounting experience (advantage)


Good working knowledge of Excel


Experience working in a professional services firm environment would be an advantage, including knowledge of partnership tax


Have successfully managed teams and developed individuals, being persuasive and earning respect


Experience of dealing with and advising on accounting and tax issues, technical or otherwise


Detailed understanding of best practice in internal control processes


Experience of discussing matters with senior management and the ability to concisely explain accounting and tax issues.


Professional and accurate


Effective writing and presentation skills as well as the ability to work under pressure


Important Notice


It is Career Legal’s policy, as a matter of courtesy, to respond to all applications within three working days. However because of the volume of applications, we are sometimes unable to respond to individual candidates. If we have not contacted you within three working days your application has been unsuccessful and your details have not been retained. Please apply for any other position that you may see in the future. Thank you.


Career Legal is a Recruitment Agency and is advertising this permanent vacancy on behalf of one of its Clients.

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