• Location: Newton Abbot
  • Reference Number: LSW6387

Legal Southwest

On behalf of our client, we are seeking to recruit an Accounts Manager to join the firm based in Newton Abbot, within the role you will manage the accounts department using a wide range of business software applications.

You will have contact with clients, in person and by telephone and email, as well as with other law firms and related professional organisations and agents.

Duties and responsibilities will include but will not be limited to:

  • Management of accounts through Xero software
  • Taking appropriate payments, making refunds via an online terminal
  • Dealing with any payment queries with either a staff member or a client
  • Raising, sending, or discussing a client’s invoice.
  • Discussing with clients their instalment agreements, the management of debtors.
  • Reconciliation of bank accounts
  • Preparation of management account report each month.
  • Managing suppliers’ accounts & invoices, paying invoices, and sending remittance in a timely manner
  • Ensuring compliance with the Solicitors Account Rules, and training each new member of staff on the rules
  • Manage, organise & update relevant data using database applications.
  • Make sure general filing is kept up to date & in order.
  • Reviewing, submitting, and paying the quarterly VAT return
  • Liaising with accountants regarding the preparation of End of Year accounts and the annual audit
  • To be responsible for the preparation of all claims for costs sent to the national taxing team, including maintaining an up to date spreadsheet detailing the status of the firm’s cost claims.
  • Management of the accounts department and supervising junior members of staff.
  • Taking responsibility for both cash and card payments made from the office.
  • Working closely with the directors and senior management
  • You will assist in ensuring that all work is carried out in accordance with the firm’s own standards and provide an efficient and effective professional legal service by ensuring that documentation is prepared and produced to a consistently high standard within required deadlines.
  • You will be an efficient and effective Manager and a strong team player who is keen to both support and learn from colleagues.


Skills and experience required:

  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills and will be articulate and able to communicate clearly, concisely and without jargon.
  • Have experience and a good working knowledge of accounts packages such as SAGE/Xero, Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Be able to develop and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues, clients and other professional contacts.
  • Have a high level of accuracy and attention to detail, as well as a good knowledge of grammar and its application in written communication.
  • Have the ability to work on your own initiative and under pressure, whilst maintaining a thorough, organised and methodical approach to your work.
  • Be flexible and adaptable when necessary especially during busy periods inc. holiday & sickness.
  • Maintain regular, consistent and professional attendance, punctuality, personal appearance and adherence to relevant H & S procedures.
  • Show willingness to learn new systems put in place for the benefit of the company as a whole.
  • Pursue personal development of skills and knowledge necessary for the effective performance of the role.

Please get in touch if you would like more information about this role or send us your CV via the form below.

Legal Southwest will never, without exception, send out your CV without your prior knowledge or consent so please be assured that we treat every application with the utmost confidentiality.

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