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Legal Cashier

Introduction

As a Legal Cashier, you will take care of the finances for a law firm. You will act as a specialised bookkeeper, taking responsibility for the accounting and financial operations of a solicitor's practice, such as recording the day-to-day financial transactions and preparing the profit and loss reports for the annual accounts. You will receive specialist accountancy training, focussing on the legal industry.

Work Activities

As a Legal Cashier, you will take care of the finances for a law firm. You will act as a specialised bookkeeper, or accountant, depending on your level of specialisation.

You will perform many important financial tasks, including:

  • sending bills to clients
  • paying invoices
  • banking
  • performing online bank transfers
  • data entry
  • producing financial reports for your management team

You will also help to prepare the profit and loss sheets which are part of the firms annual accounts.

Although you will need to understand the general accounting methods and practices, you will be specially trained in applying these methods within the legal profession. You will need to know all about how these law firms operate, and the role that money and finance plays within them.

If you work for a large law firm then you might be working as part of a team, whereas if you are employed by a small firm you might be the only Legal Cashier and you might have payroll duties too.

As a Legal Cashier you might also perform other roles, such as:

  • management
  • human resources
  • administration
  • marketing

Personal Qualities and Skills

To become a Legal Cashier, you should have:

  • good written and spoken communication skills
  • an interest and understanding in how legal organisations and the legal system works
  • IT skills - most accounting systems are computerised
  • good teamworking skills

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

The pay rates given below are approximate.

  • Starting: £17,500 - £19,000
  • With experience: £20,500 - £24,000
  • Senior Legal Cashiers earn £26,000 - £28,500

Hours of work

Legal Cashiers usually work 35-39 hours, Monday to Friday, but some might be asked quite often to work overtime. Full-time, part-time, temporary and flexible working arrangements could be available.

Where could I work?

Employers are Solicitors' and Lawyers offices. Other employers include the legal departments of firms in every sector of industry and commerce and in public service, as well as local authority and government departments.

Temporary work, on a casual basis or through short-term contracts, might be available from specialist legal secretarial employment agencies.

Opportunities for Legal Cashiers occur in towns and cities throughout the UK.

This career could include working for an agency. For more information take a look at our information article Working for an Agency.

Self-employment

Self-employment is possible for some Legal Cashiers working in legal practices.

Where are vacancies advertised?

Vacancies are advertised in local/national newspapers, on recruitment and employers' websites, and on www.gov.uk/jobsearch.

Social media websites, such as LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook, are a great way to network, find vacancies and get in contact with possible employers. Make sure that your profile presents you in a professional manner that will appeal to potential employers.

Take a look at our General Information Article 'Finding Work Online'.

Entry Routes and Training

Entry routes

You can enter this career by applying directly for trainee vacancies.

Most employers prefer Legal Cashiers to have some GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English and maths.

An Intermediate or Advanced Level Apprenticeship is a great place to start. Take a look at our information article 'Apprenticeships – How do I apply', for more details about applying for apprenticeship positions.

Training

Training is available, sometimes through day-release to college, leading to nationally recognised qualifications.

These include qualifications offered by:

Take a look at their websites to see what qualifications they offer and might help you to get into this career

There could also be other relevant awards and certificates at levels 2 or 3 in, for example, payroll administration, depending on the job role.

Progression

Legal Cashiers can progress to senior positions after taking further qualifications.

Work Experience

Previous experience working in office administration would be really useful for this career.

Qualifications

Most employers prefer applicants with some GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English and maths. Some employers test applicants' IT skills.

They might accept equivalent work-related qualifications in business subjects, for example, a BTEC level 2 qualification in law or legal work

To get onto an Intermediate or Advanced Level Apprenticeship, you’ll usually need five GCSEs, possibly including English and maths.

Adult Opportunities

Age limits

It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.

Entry

Some applicants have relevant skills in, for example, numerical work and/or office administration.

You might be able to take an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship or an Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Accounting.

Courses

Colleges will usually consider applications from adults who do not meet their usual entry requirements. You should check the admissions policy of individual colleges.

Distance learning

A large number of centres offer distance learning courses in ICT skills, such as word processing, spreadsheets and databases.

Relevant online, distance learning courses are available from:

Further Information

Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT)

Address: 140 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4HY

Tel: 0845 8630802

Email: aat@aat.org.uk

Website: www.aat.org.uk

Institute of Legal Finance and Management

Address: 2nd Floor, Marlowe House, 109 Station Road, Sidcup, Kent DA15 7ET

Tel: 020 8302 2867

Email: helen@ilfm.org.uk

Website: www.ilfm.org.uk/

Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

Address: 11th Floor, 30 Crown Place, London EC2A 4EB

Tel: 0207 856 2567

Email: info@bookkeepers.org.uk

Website: www.bookkeepers.org.uk/

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