Accounts Assistant

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Garden Court Chambers is a large and dynamic Barristers' Chambers with a team of staff who provide the clerking, financial, marketing and administrative support for over 200 barristers.

We are a diverse set, specialising in all aspects of human rights and social welfare law, including crime, family law, housing, immigration, and civil law. We are based in a Grade 1 listed building in Lincoln's Inn Fields, close to Holborn tube station and a range of shops, bars and restaurants.

We are looking to recruit a conscientious and hardworking Accounts Assistant to work within our busy Finance Team. 

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Garden Court Chambers is one of the largest and most successful barristers’ chambers in the UK. Following rapid expansion in recent years, we now have over 200 barristers supported by a busy operations team. We are recognised as leaders in criminal defence, civil liberties, housing, immigration, family and public law. Our passion for human rights and social justice has shaped the development of law in these areas over the last 40 years. This is reflected in our ground-breaking cases, which hit the news headlines every week. 

We are looking to recruit a conscientious and hardworking Accounts Assistant to work within our busy Finance Team. 

Duties

  • Purchase Ledger Control:
    - Ensuring all supplier invoices, internal expense claim forms and credit card transactions are recorded in Sage 50 Accounts in a timely manner and against the appropriate budget (also team and events code where applicable) 
    - Ensuring supplier invoices and expense claim forms are correctly authorised and passed for payment within supplier payment terms
    - Maintain filing system for paid supplier invoices, expense claim forms and credit card statements/receipts
  • Maintain up to date bank reconciliation for Limited Company’s bank account
  • Arranging lodgements for all cheques received for Limited Company and individual Barristers
  • Recording lodgements, BACS and cheque payments into Sage 50 Accounts
  • Ensure pupils travel expenses paid by Limited Company are recorded in LEX case record.
  • Recording all Barristers payments from BACS, Cheques and Legal Aid Agency (LAA) Statements accurately into the LEX Software and receipts are emailed to Barrister/Client
  • Recording relevant payments/recoupments from monthly PSOA statements
  • Maintain spreadsheet with details of all weekly LAA payment statements
  • Ensuring weekly reconciliation and payments made to external Barristers
  • Preparing bi-weekly Barrister payment list from bank account
  • Obtain information required for allocating payments held in suspense account
  • Ensuring documents/cheques relating to part payments are saved behind individual case records and notifying RCT via email
  • Producing and submitting weekly payment on account applications to LAA
  • Opening post placed in the Finance Team’s pigeonhole daily and processing as appropriate
  • Assisting with any other day to day administrative tasks as necessary


Person Specification
Essential:

  • At least 3 years’ experience in a similar role 
  • AAT Qualified or qualified by experience 
  • Strong knowledge of Sage 50 Accounts 
  • Accuracy, numeracy and attention to detail 
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to assimilate information 
  • Confident and clear communication skills 
  • Positive attitude and works well within a team 
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word) 
  • Able to thrive in a fast-changing environment.

You can download a copy of the job description here.

SALARY, BENEFITS AND TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • This position attracts a salary of up to £28,000 pa, plus pension and a range of staff benefits.
  • Hours: 09:00 to 17:30 or 09:30 to 18:00 depending on a shift Monday to Friday, with one hour for lunch. 
  • Holidays: 25 days per annum (plus bank holidays).
  • Interest-free season ticket loan (following successful completion of probation.
  • The successful applicant will be required to sign an undertaking of confidentiality.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please submit your CV and Cover Letter, as well as our equality and diversity monitoring form to saleha@gclaw.co.uk

Please note: any applications submitted without a completed equality and diversity monitoring form, will not be considered. 

CLOSING AND INTERVIEW DATES

The closing date for applications will be at 12pm on 28 July 2022. Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application in the week with interviews taking place as soon as possible. 

Garden Court is committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination and to encouraging diversity.
Applications from ethnic minority and women candidates are particularly welcome. We seek to operate a fair recruitment process.

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