Client and Office Cashier

Term: Permanent
Department: Accounts
Location: Manchester
The Firm

Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on technology, finance & financial services and energy & natural resources.

Our growing European network of offices supports an international client base alongside our Silicon Valley, Beijing and Shanghai teams. Among our clients, we count social media sites and high street coffee chains through to pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices companies, energy suppliers, banks and FTSE 100 companies.

Clients choose to work with us because we deliver commercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions through our exceptional legal expertise and experience, on time and on budget.

We have more than 600 lawyers spread over nine locations, all providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs. We operate across our offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, China, Paris, Germany, Italy, UK, and the US - Silicon Valley. In the UK, we have approximately 700 people working in the London, Manchester and Birmingham.

The firm is growing rapidly and its revenue for 2016/17 was £165 million. The UK accounts for approximately 70% of the headcount.

The Team

Due to increased demand on the Finance team after a period of significant growth for the firm, and with a number of key financial projects to start shortly, there is an immediate requirement for a strong cashier to join the team to provide client and office cashiering support to the respective supervisors.

The role will sit within the Accounts department and will primarily work on the client account, working closely with the Client Account Supervisor and other team members to deliver an effective client accounting function for the firm. The role will also work closely with the Office Accounts team to provide additional ad-hoc office cashiering support as and when required.

Responsibilities
  • Checking, banking and posting all Client/currency and Deposit receipts
  • Checking and processing all Client/Client deposit payment requisitions
  • Checking and processing all inter-ledgers transfers i.e. Client to Bill, Client to Disbursement, Client to Deposit, Client to Client. This can also include setting up of Money Market Deposits
  • Investigating unidentified cheques received and trying to resolve promptly
  • Checking for potential Money Laundering issues and reporting to the MLRO as appropriate
  • Assisting with opening & closing of bank accounts including joint and escrow/deposits and any other queries
  • Reconciliation of Client and Client Trustee Accounts and assisting with Client/Deposit Account reconciliations
  • Assisting with all internal requests and complex queries
  • Ensure compliance with Solicitors Accounts Rules and notify any breaches to the firm's COFA
  • Other ad-hoc duties as required including assistance with legal aid reconciliation month and Year-end audits
  • Ad hoc assistance with general office account cashiering processes, including assistance with receipt allocations, banking, office bank reconciliations, office payments, supplier statement reconciliations and supplier or internal enquiries
  • Calculating manual interest calculations and providing cash statements
  • Processing legal aid statements and distributing funds across the personal injury department
Key Skills & Experience
  • Can primarily demonstrate a strong experience in client account cashiering and in particular has recent experience of a similar client cashiering role in a legal firm.
  • Demonstration of previous experience in office account cashiering would be advantageous.
  • Can demonstrate a strong understanding of control environments and can identify control weaknesses. In particular, needs to be able to demonstrate a strong knowledge and application of current Solicitors Accounts Rules and AML procedures.
  • Can demonstrate strong IT systems knowledge (Elite/Lexis is preferable) and a good use of excel capabilities.
  • Can develop strong internal working relationships with the finance team, fee-earners and secretaries as well as strong external relationships with bank contacts.
  • Can demonstrate a good ability to pick-up and understand the requirements of the role quickly.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and in a professional and personable manner. This is a key role in a key area for the firm and so must be professional and presentable at all times.
  • Needs to have strong numeracy, communication and interaction skills with a strong attention to detail
  • Strong ability and work ethic to meet deadlines under pressure

Fieldfisher aims to ensure equality of opportunity and we are actively working towards improving the diversity of our staff. All applications will only be considered on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role