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Accounts Supervisor- Harrogate or Manchester

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Legal Accounts Manager General Roles Full time Private Practice

About Hempsons

With c.250 partners, fee earners and support staff working across our five offices nationwide, Hempsons is a leading law firm for the health and social care, life sciences, charity and social enterprise sectors.

We help clients overcome a constantly evolving list of challenges. Examples of ground-breaking projects we are working on with clients are:

  • enabling new technology providers to establish products in the health market;
  • advising on the development of new care models for the NHS;
  • helping GPs to expand primary care provision by setting up GP federations and super-practices;
  • supporting companies developing novel cell therapies and gene therapies;
  • helping charities and social enterprises to initiate new organisational structures and ways of working.

Our aim is to provide outstanding legal services that deliver the best possible client outcomes whilst nurturing a culture that makes us a “great place to work”.  This is an exciting time to join Hempsons’ finance team as it evolves and seeks to build its capabilities to support the business strategy for growth.

Main responsibilities

The Accounts Supervisor reports to the Financial Controller and supports both the FC and FD in maintaining financial and management accounting activities and key compliance responsibilities.  The Accounts Supervisor has management responsibility for a small accounts team.

Accounting and Cashiering

  • Maintain oversight of all day-day accounting by accounts assistants for purchase ledger, counsel and experts, cash receipts and payments, across office and client accounts.
  • Manage distribution of work within the team, provide assistance and guidance and personally cover work of the team as required.
  • Optimise and develop use of Aderant financial system for core financial processes. The Aderant practice management system was introduced in late 2020.The successful candidate will be responsible for optimising the use of the current system and assessing, testing and implementing additional areas of software and modular updates.
  • Actively manage working capital lock-up including reviews with fee earners and assist the Financial Controller with monthly management reporting. Play a key role in unlocking working capital value in line with business budget and cash flow targets.
  • Maintain the LLP’s books of account and assist FC with management and financial reporting. This may include specific areas of responsibility such as; preparing prepayments and accruals schedules, maintaining the fixed assets register, balance sheet reviews, preparation of cash flow statement.


  • Ensure day-to-day compliance with SRA Accounts Rules and report to the COFA on a regular basis.This will include; carrying out regular review of client account balances, timely completion of daily and monthly bank reconciliations, updating the breaches register and addressing any control issues.
  • Lead on the annual Accounts Rules audit with Reporting Accountant.
  • Maintain financial policies and procedures and monitor compliance with them both within in the team and with fee earners.
  • Assist the Financial Controller with year-end financial audit of the LLP, internal audits and other audits in accordance with ISO standards.


  • Manage a team of three, legal accounts assistants.
  • Carry out employee reviews in line with current firm policies.
  • Ensure training and support for team to maintain resilience in providing services.

    Experience, skills and qualifications:

  • Good understanding of basic accounting fundamentals.Full or part-qualified CIMA or equivalent.
  • Experience of managing teams.
  • Knowledge of Aderant practice management system.
  • Practical understanding of the SRA Accounts Rules.
  • Willingness to champion and implement process improvements.
  • Ability to run Payroll on Sage.

What can we offer you?

Our benefits package is designed to enable all colleagues to thrive in an inclusive and supportive environment. These benefits range from private health insurance, life assurance & critical illness cover protection to season ticket loans, cycle-to-work scheme and much more. 

We have a hybrid working environment, so you will have the flexibility to work at home and come into the office.

Hempsons is an equal opportunities employer

Hempsons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and to encouraging diversity through recruitment. Applications are welcome from all sections of the community and decisions to progress will be made with reference to entirely objective criteria only.

Nº employees 201-500
Founding year 1890
Products / Services Charities & Charity Law, Corporate & Commercial, Employment, Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence, Real Estate
Mission Gathering data..
overview Hempsons is a full service firm with five UK offices, meeting the legal needs of our clients, whether highly specialist or general. These include healthcare, mental health, primary and continuing care-related law as well as more general areas of commercial and contract law, charity law, employment law and real estate law. As a market leader in the UK health, social care and charity sectors, we advise clients who are involved in the planning, commissioning, regulation or provision of health and social care services. We act for hundreds of healthcare organisations, including foundation trusts, other NHS trusts, developing CCGs, general practitioners and regulatory bodies as well as third sector and independent healthcare providers. Our charities and social enterprise sector clients include charities, membership bodies (as well as a significant number of Royal Colleges), community interest companies, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations. We also act for many large and well known national charities. "They're excellent - they're very professional and very experienced." - Chambers, 2021 "The Hempsons team has high quality work and a depth of experience which marks it out." - Legal 500, 2020 Follow us on Twitter: @hempsonslegal @hempsonshr @hempsonsgp Hempsons is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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