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Graduate Accountant - September Start



Sam Dougall

AJ Chambers is working on an exciting opportunity for a recent graduate to join a growing accountancy practice in South West London. This role is a great starting point for anyone looking to get into accounting within practice! If successful, you will start in September.

You will be given a L7 apprenticeship agreement to study for either the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (“ICAEW”) or the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (“ACCA”) qualification during which time you will receive a broad range of practical experience while benefitting from a full apprenticeship study package.

What will you be doing?

You will be expected to develop a good understanding of current accounting standards and practices through course attendance and practical work experience.

With guidance, you will be expected to plan and organise work assignments, monitoring your own progress to ensure deadlines are met. You can expect to work on clients in a variety of sectors assisting them with such tasks as management accounts and VAT returns to the preparation of statutory accounts and advising on their corporation tax affairs. You can also expect to undertake audit and other assurance work as part of a larger team.

You will also assist with internal accounting procedures to ensure on successful completion of your exams you have a full and broad knowledge of the requirements of a qualified accountant.

There are strong opportunities for career progression with many trainees taking on managerial roles prior to qualification. Beyond qualification there are always opportunities to move into more senior positions within the firm subject to the specific strengths and characteristics of the individual.

What is required of you?

You will be expected to have a minimum of 136 UCAS points plus an Upper Second Class honours degree. English and maths skills are however vital to the role and you would therefore be expected to have grade 6 or above at GCSE in both these subjects.

We use IT in all our assignments and as such you must have strong IT skills, including being proficient in Excel and other Microsoft Office packages.

Core Characteristics our client is looking for:

  • Team player
  • Motivated
  • Organised
  • Professional, presentable, personable and articulate
  • Strong work ethic
  • Genuine interest in business
  • Flexible
  • Detailed
  • Desire to learn
  • Outgoing

If you are interested in this role and would like to find out more, please apply with your CV or contact Samuel Dougall at AJ Chambers.

  • Legal Secretary
    £50,000 - 60,000

    A highly established and highly regarded solicitors practice based just North of the City of London has an exciting Hybrid role for an experienced Legal Secretary in the Property Department.

    The firm provides a wide range of legal advice and assistance primarily to commercial and high net worth national and international clients.

    You will be responsible for assisting our solicitors in a variety of tasks including:

    Opening new matters on our case management system and dealing with AML & KYC requirements; Preparing correspondence and documents through digital dictation and word processing, organising, and filing documents; Carrying out conveyancing searches; Preparing and submitting applications to the Land Registry and dealing with post completion matters; Preparing financial statements and invoices; Diary management; General administration.

    Experience in a legal environment is essential.

    The successful candidate will need to have a typing speed of 65+ with knowledge of using a digital dictation system. (philips speech live) This is a great role which offers hybrid working of 3 days in the office and 2 from home and a competitive salary

    For further information please contact Ella Britton

  • Associate Lawyer | Property Litigation | Flexible Working
    £45000 per year - 60000 per year

    AJ Chambers is working with a regional law firm with offices across East Anglia. They are currently seeking an Associate Lawyer for their dispute resolution team.

    You’ll be working on property litigation matters, both residential and commercial.

    Key aspects:

    Residential & commercial landlord & tenant disputes Property related professional negligence Boundary disputes Agricultural disputes Residential block management services Commercial estate management services

    This firm offers a fantastic package which include:

    A competitive salary 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) Cash health plan Life assurance Flexible & hybrid working

    Please apply or get in contact with Andrew Fragnito-Day at AJ Chambers.

  • Residential Property Partner
    £60000 per year - 70000 per year

    AJ Chambers is working with a regional law firm in Colchester, they are currently seeking an experienced Residential Property Lawyer to join them as a Senior Associate or Partner.

    This firm has a fantastic reputation across Essex, this firm offers the opportunity for flexibility and hybrid along with high quality of work.

    Key aspects:

    Sales & Purchases Freehold & Leasehold Transfer of equity New Builds Re-mortgages

    This firm is looking for a senior Solicitor, Licensed Conveyancer or Legal Executive and they are prepared to offer.

    A very competitive salary 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) Cash health plan Life assurance

    Please apply or get in contact with Andrew Fragnito-Day at AJ Chambers.

  • Conveyancing Solicitor
    £50000 per year - 60000 per year

    AJ Chambers are delighted to be representing a highly regarded law firm in London.

    The firm are seeking a 4-5 year PQE Residential Conveyancing Solicitor to join their busy Property Department. This is a fantastic opportunity for a Residential Property Solicitor to take the next step in their career and work with a leading law firm who offer excellent progression opportunities.

    The successful candidate will have experience in handling a varied caseload of sales and purchases, transfers of equity, shared ownership, new builds and remortgages. This role is an ideal opportunity for the right candidate to continue to develop their career in Property Law.

    You must have experience of handling the legal aspects of the residential conveyancing process from start to finish whether it is freehold or leasehold properties.

    You’ll be managing your own caseload and providing support and supervision to others so it’s important that you are an effective communicator, can stay calm under pressure and have the ability to prioritise workloads. Excellent organisational skills are also essential.

    In reward the company offers a competitive benefits package and a base salary of between £50,000- £60,000.

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Accounts Semi Senior | 4 days working from home

£28000 - £32000

About the firm

Established for over 50 years, this is a dynamic, medium-sized firm with offices in Central London, with 10 partners & around 80 staff, ranging from apprentices to highly experienced managers.

They provide the full range of professional services typically provided by an established and progressive accountancy firm, including audit and accounts, management consultancy, payroll and taxation.

The £go to£ firm for small and medium sized enterprises providing a truly excellent professional service that is tailored to meet clients£ needs and requirements. Clients range from all fields of business, industry, the professions and arts, including large corporates operating nationally and internationally, privately owned businesses of every size, partnerships, sole traders and self-employed individuals.

About the role

Semi-Senior Accountant to work within a busy Accounting Solutions Department in the London office, which provides a wide range of services to clients, including accounts preparation, bookkeeping and the production of management accounts and information.

The main duties for this position will involve working on the books and records for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies (including those within groups) along with the preparation of VAT returns, statutory and management accounts.

The ideal candidate will have relevant previous experience, have completed their AAT qualification and will be self-motivated, computer literate and have good written and verbal communication skills. Study support may be made available for candidates completing or looking to complete their ACCA qualification.

Key tasks and responsibilities:

  • Undertaking bookkeeping on behalf of clients (in house or at client premises), including processing transactions from documents provided by the client and reconciling control accounts, including Bank, Sales ledger, Purchase ledger and VAT
  • The preparation and completion of client VAT returns, including liaising with the client to provide the required information, producing supporting schedules and completing the VAT return by the deadline
  • Completing small accounts and management accounts assignments, with appropriate training, guidance and supervision. To include completion of the accounts file, in accordance with procedures and production of accounts on CCH Central Software for review by Managers.
  • Ad-hoc arrangements, either in house or at a client£s premises covering any of the above areas or general book keeping and accounts work
  • Record time spent on each client£s affairs using the relevant computer software to submit weekly timesheets, ensuring that work is completed within budget
  • Attend and participate in team meetings and attend training such as seminars and CPD updates as necessary
  • Other ad hoc duties as may be required from time to time in order to assist the smooth running of the Accounting Solutions Department or to provide additional assistance to clients

Essential skills:

  • Previous experience in book keeping, completing VAT returns and accounts preparation, having completed the AAT qualification (Professional Diploma in Accounting) or equivalent
  • Ideally we are looking for a minimum of 18 months to 2 years£ relevant experience
  • Highly motivated self-starter with the ability to complete assignments within time constraints and deadlines
  • Good organisation skills with the ability to multi task and assist on ad hoc assignment
  • Ability to communicate information clearly, concisely and accurately, both in person and when using the telephone and email
  • Ability to check for accuracy and give good attention to detail

Desirable skills:

  • Prior experience of using CCH software packages, Sage, Quickbooks and/or Xero Account
  • Good IT skills, including experience of accounting software programs, Word, Excel and other Windows based systems

Accountant | Part Qualified or Qualified | FRS 102 client base

£35000 - £45000
London /

Accountant - Semi Senior OR Senior grade

North London - Top 100 firm


  • Oversee portfolio of clients, core duties will include:
    • Preparation of annual statutory accounts using CaseWare, knowledge of CaseWare preferrable but not essential.
    • Preparation of corporation tax returns.
    • Bookkeeping and management accounts using Xero, essential to have good knowledge Xero.
    • VAT compliance.
  • Coaching and training junior members of the team.
  • Offer day to day advice and guidance to clients on VAT or accounting issues.
  • Advising clients on accountancy systems and policies including implementation.
  • Work closely with the Partners.
  • Follow the firm£s policies and procedures on all work to achieve high standards and deliver an excellent service to clients
  • Adhere to firm£s standards on independence and professional ethics
  • Keep seniors, managers and partners regularly informed of activities, capacity, and progress on assignments to ensure that time is fully utilised
  • Any other tasks in line with the responsibilities of the role

The successful candidate will be:

  • organised and able to follow company£s processes meticulously;
  • results oriented, and able to meet a constant stream of deadlines;
  • able to work both independently and collaboratively with different levels of employees;
  • an adaptable, flexible problem-solver who can take initiative;
  • a person who presents a high degree of maturity, honesty, trust, sophistication, and integrity and cultivates these qualities in others.
  • confidently run/lead meetings and telephone calls with clients; and

Person specification - Qualifications and experience

  • Applicants should preferably be fully/part qualified ACCA / ACA / CIMA / AAT
  • Experience in an accountancy practice environment, understanding all aspects of the practice£s services and requirements
  • Ability to complete all accounting requirements for businesses independently (bookkeeping, VAT Returns, accounts preparation and review, personal tax returns, etc.)
  • Intermediate skills in MS Office
  • Strong knowledge of Xero software package, with CaseWare and CCH experience (desirable)
  • Good commercial acumen
  • Excellent time management and priority setting
  • An understanding of the pressures and importance of effective portfolio management
  • Ability to communicate well with clients and understand their requirements

Tax, Accounts & Trusts Manager

£50000 - £60000
London /

Tax, Accounts and Trusts Manager (Top 100 Law Firm)

We have an exciting opening for a Tax and Trust Administration team which is part of a well-established and top-level Private Client department at a Top 100 Law Firm. The team has excellent Private Client tax and accounting knowledge and is now looking for a highly motivated and professional individual who wishes to develop their practice and understanding.

The team£s work is in two principal areas:

  • Assisting fee-earners in the wider Private Client team with deceased£s estate accounts and tax returns for estates and individuals; and,
  • Managing several long-standing trusts and funds daily.

You will have a reasonable understanding of the firm£s values and culture and will be keen to raise the profile of the team. You will represent our clients to the highest standard and you will be eager to broaden your range of expertise and skills. You will be pro-active and independent.

Your Responsibilities

  • You will assist fee-earners in the Private Client team with their preparation of full and detailed estate accounts, estate tax returns and beneficiary income statements
  • You will prepare individual tax returns and liaising directly with clients
  • You will prepare 60-day CGT returns for estates and individuals
  • You will co-ordinate tax payments and clearance for individuals, estates, and trusts
  • You will assist with preparation of accounts information needed for IHT100 returns for Trusts
  • You will data input for estate and trust accounting of bank, brokers and dividend information into the team£s pro-forma estate accounts and trust accounts
  • You will reconcile to third party and internal accounts records
  • You must monitor client funds
  • You will have contact with other professional advisors as well as clients
  • You will support the board of directors by way of reporting on the estates/trusts
  • You will update the Trust Registration Service accounts

Your Skills

  • You will work towards qualification of a relevant professional accounting or tax body and/or become a STEP member
  • You have at least 3 years£ experience in a practical accountancy background
  • You are highly numerate, IT literate, with excellent working knowledge of Excel.
  • You have Income, Capital Gains, and Inheritance Tax practical knowledge
  • You have previous experience of using CCH Personal Tax, CCH Trust Accounts or similar software would be an advantage.

Remuneration and Rewards

  • Highly Competitive Base Salary
  • Excellent Benefits and Holiday Allowance
  • Company Pension Scheme

For further information on this exciting new Tax, Accounts and Trusts Manager position, please apply direct or contact Darren Buckley at AJ Chambers

Accounts & Personal Tax Semi-Senior

£28000 - £32000
London /

My client, a friendly, well-established and growing Accountancy Firm based in Central London is seeking an Accounts and Tax Semi-Senior Accountant to join their sociable team!

This is a great position for someone seeking a role where they can have a varied role of accounts and personal tax work. On offer is a competitive salary as well as the opportunity to progress within the team.

The firm are offering a competitive salary alongside full study support for your qualification.

The Role:

  • Preparation and finalisation of statutory accounts sole traders, partnerships and limited companies
  • Preparing personal tax returns for review by Manager / Partner
  • Assisting with necessary admin / process relating to personal tax
  • Dealing with client queries
  • Some involvement with bookkeeping and VAT duties


  • A minimum of 3 years£ experience in a small-medium sized accountancy firm
  • Studying towards ACA / ACCA / CTA
  • Strong technical ability
  • Able to work in a team and use own initiative
  • Able to work under minimal supervision

If you would like to be considered then please apply with your CV or contact Danielle O£Hara at AJ Chambers.

Senior Accountant

£43000 - £48000
London /

Senior Accountant | £43,000 - £48,000 (dependent on experience)

Work from Home 1 Day a Week

This is a great opportunity for an ACA / ACCA qualified Senior Accountant to join a friendly and modern firm in Central London.

What£s On Offer?

  • Competitive Salary
  • Full CPD Training
  • Opportunity to work from home 1 day a week
  • Training and Development within your role; opportunity to develop career £" the firm are focused on promoting talent internally

The Role

  • Preparing and finalising accounts and corporate tax returns under both FRS 105 and FRS 102
  • Managing a portfolio of monthly / quarterly bookkeeping and VAT returns
  • Some Audit work £" around 10% of the role
  • Preparing personal tax returns
  • Responding to day to day queries from clients
  • Providing support and training to junior members of the team


  • ACA / ACCA qualified
  • Minimum of 4 years£ Practice experience, ideally in a medium sized firm
  • Able to develop and maintain strong working relationships with clients
  • Experience using CCH and / or Xero would be useful but not essential

If you are interested in this opportunity or would like any more information then please apply with your CV or contact Danielle O£Hara at AJ Chambers.

Trust Tax Accountant | Impressive Boutique

£50000 - £70000
London /

Trust Tax Accountant £" Impressive Boutique

AJ Chambers are currently seeking a Trust Tax Accountant for a boutique practice in Central London.

The Highlights

  • Well established boutique with specialist work
  • Great scope for advisory work
  • The firm has seen year on year growth
  • Generous holiday allowance

Trust Tax Accountant Responsibilities

  • Ensure day to day financial transactions are recorded for all client entities, which include onshore companies, offshore companies, and offshore trusts
  • Liaison with trustees and other advisors on financial transaction
  • The preparation of trust accounts for offshore trusts
  • Preparation of statutory accounts for UK and offshore companies
  • Preparation of typical tax returns, such as overseas landlord returns, and periodic IHT charges
  • Preparation of monthly/quarterly financial reports for clients based on their requirements i.e. producing quarterly consolidated asset statements for individual clients


  • Experience in trust accounting
  • Great knowledge of offshore Trusts
  • STEP qualified £" desired but not essential

For further information on this Trust Tax Accountant role, please apply direct or contact Thomas Sharland-Harris at AJ Chambers

Trainee Accountant - Excellent Training - City of London

£50000 - £70000
London /

AJ Chambers is working with a well established accountancy practice based in the City of London. The firm is looking a Trainee Accountant to join their supportive team and offer them excellent training and development.

This role will give you an excellent opportunity to expand your knowledge and become a well rounded accountant.

What will you be doing?

You will be preparing year end accounts to final stage, you will be completing VAT returns as well as self-assessments and CT600s. You will also be involved in audit work, primarily with the field work and scheduling. You will be given training throughout your time at the firm and will be given more responsibility as you learn more.

What will they expect from you?

You will be actively studying towards the AAT or ACCA qualification, you will have at least 1 year of experience within accountancy practice. You will have prior experience of preparing year end accounts, as well as VAT returns. Prior experience in audit would be a plus. You will be able to show a willingness to learn and have good communication skills, both verbal and written.

What will you receive in return?

You will receive a competitive salary, support for your studies towards ACCA with exposure to a variety of clients.

If you are interested in this role or would like to find out more, please apply with your CV or contact Samuel Dougall at AJ Chambers recruitment.

Accounts and Tax Manager | Top 40 firm | Excellent benefits + Hybrid working

£50000 - £70000

AJ Chambers is working with an award-winning Top 40 accountancy practice who are looking for an Accounts and Tax Manager to join their team. They are UK wide firm but this vacancy is for their office in London£s West End.

You will be exposed to a variety of different projects across the company working with clients and partners. The role will be split 75% accounts and 25% tax and will offer a number of great benefits including a competitive salary, excellent flexibility with regards to working from home and private medical care.

What will you be doing?

  • Preparing monthly management accounts for clients and detailed year end reconciled
  • Information for the statutory accounts team
  • Preparation of budgets, forecasts and projections
  • Review management accounts and VAT returns
  • Reviewing client entries and advising of corrections or efficiency improvements
  • Preparing and filing VAT returns for various VAT schemes
  • Preparing self-assessment tax returns for individuals, partnerships, including preparation of capital gains computations and P11ds
  • Providing technical tax assistance to non-tax staff
  • Communicating directly with HMRC when necessary
  • Providing training to clients on software various packages including Xero and Sage

What is required from you?

  • ACCA / ACA qualified
  • Minimum 3 years post qualified experience within an accountancy practice
  • Ability to work both independently, direct liaison with clients, as well as part of a team in both a supporting and supervising capacity
  • Positive team player with a £can do£ attitude
  • Accurate data entry skills with excellent knowledge of Excel, Word and Outlook
  • Experience with CCH would be advantageous
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Passionate about great service in order to provide a high level of client care

Benefits to you

  • Hybrid working - mixture of working from home and working in the office
  • Life assurance
  • Access to our corporate reward scheme
  • Relaxed and friendly working environment

If you are interested in this role and would like to find out more, please apply with your CV or contact Samuel Dougall at AJ Chambers recruitment.

Revenue Controller

£40000 - £43000
London /

Revenue Controller (Leading Law Firm)

We are working with a leading Law Firm that is looking to add an experienced Revenue Controller with a legal background and a minimum of 6-12 months of Credit Control experience. This role is part of our Finance Team and reports to the Senior Revenue Controller.

You will be responsible for credit control for specific partners, billing and WIP management. This will involve gaining knowledge about clients, managing billing matters, ensuring clients are billed promptly and securing swift payment of invoices. You will be required to liaise with internal Partners and employees at all levels and external clients applying an assertive yet tactful approach.

Your Responsibilities and Deliverables

  • You will support a team of Partners and split time between sitting in Finance or with the specific legal practice groups to liaise directly with the Partners and lawyers and taking responsibility for their billing and credit control requirements, and closely monitoring billing and cash collection budgets and targets.
  • You will deal with a large portfolio of clients and liaise with them daily regarding their debts - predominantly via telephone. Updating the firm\'s credit control system (Aderant Expert Collections) for action tasks, reminders, follow up notes etc.
  • You will review daily bank statements and TT payments to ensure funds are allocated to the correct matters.
  • You will administer payments by credit/debit card.
  • You must arrange and attend monthly meetings with Partners to review WIP and debtors to agree on a course of action and follow-up to ensure completion in the agreed timescales.
  • You will oversee the billing for a client, ensuring that bills are prepared and despatched promptly and feeding back on progress.
  • You will deal with all aspects of client queries regarding invoiced fees and any detailed information that may be required. Ensuring queries are dealt with promptly, escalated and followed up with Partners/Department Management Partners.
  • You will prepare debt reporting statements and liaise with cashier teams on cheques and bank transfers. Ensuring money in the client account designated for bills is monitored and transferred swiftly to the office account in accordance with SAR rules.
  • You will post e-Bills in accordance with the specific requirements of the various portals.
  • You will liaise with clients and lawyers to resolve queries to ensure that bills are paid within payment terms.
  • You will be involved in year-end WIP valuations - This would include meeting Partners to carry out the detailed year-end exercise to establish net recoverable value for WIP on each matter and recording information in an excel spreadsheet.

Your Skills

  • You have excellent communication and persuasion skills and the ability to liaise effectively at all levels.
  • You have the confidence and the ability to place pressure tactfully on individuals and companies who owe money.
  • You have strong customer service/stakeholders management experience.
  • You are highly organised.
  • You have excellent numeracy skills and the ability to reconcile accurately.
  • You are flexible to the requirements of the role and have an adaptable approach when required.
  • You have good computer skills - knowledge of Aderant systems would be desirable; competent in Microsoft Office including Excel and Word

For further information on this exciting new Revenue Controller position, please apply direct or contact Darren Buckley at AJ Chambers

Head of Operations / COO

£80000 - £100000
London /

Head of Operations / COO

We are working with a prestigious commercial and private client law practice that covers business law and individual legal affairs in London.

The firm has established a leadership team and is looking to recruit a suitably qualified and experienced full-time Head of Operations / COO. The position is a newly created one and has come about as part of the strategic plan of the partnership.

We are looking for a driven individual who gets what they do and how they work, whilst embracing the firm£s long-term strategy. The ideal person will have extensive financial experience in professional services and have a solution-led approach.

For the successful individual, you will be joining a firm that has exciting growth plans where you will be involved with M&A transactions, work closely with the fee earners, and have full interaction with the wider team to help them grow to get stronger. Driven by highly experienced partners, you will become part of a progressive and inclusive culture.

The Head of Operations / COO will report directly to the Managing Partner and will seek out:

  • Operational efficiencies
  • Expand the culture of innovation within the firm
  • Embrace and advocate an all-improving and innovative culture

Responsible For:

As the Head of Operations / COO, you will be responsible for the following (non-exhaustive) key operational aspects of the firm:

  • All operational practice matters for the firm
  • Responsible for managing the Practice Management Team
  • Responsible for managing the Finance Team
  • Working with the COLP on compliance matters including liaising with the firm£s third-party compliance team, Legal EYE
  • Responsible for overseeing building maintenance matters for the firm
  • Responsible for all aspects of IT, equipment, landlines, mobile phones, and other forms of communications
  • Responsible for insurance for the firm (without the support from the Non-Executive Chairman and Managing Partner)
  • Responsible for the Health and Safety of the firm
  • Assisting with HR matters with support from the firm£s external HR consultants and our in-house employment team
  • Assisting and supporting the partnership with general office projects as and when they arise

A fully extensive breakdown of the below will be provided to applicants who are considered for the position, but to summarise your coverage, please see as follows:

  • Operational Matters
  • Financial Responsibility
    • Payroll £" To bring this in-house eventually
    • Production of the Monthly Management Pack
    • Quarterly report to Firm£s Bankers
    • Invoicing
    • Bank reconciliation
    • Purchase Ledger and Supplier payments
    • Credit control
    • Budget & Forecast
    • Audit
    • Produce ad-hoc reports for the Partners
    • VAT Returns
  • Compliance Matters
    • Operational Matters and LLP Compliance Matters
    • Data Protection and GDPR Matters
    • Legal / SRA Compliance Matters
    • COLP
    • Panel Membership
  • Building Maintenance
  • IT, Equipment and Phones
  • Insurances
  • Health and Safety Matters:
  • HR Matters

Your Skills:

You will be able to show you have:

  • A minimum of 2 to 5 years in a senior finance role employing a minimum of 25 staff and reporting directly to the Partnership.
  • An excellent understanding of financial management, legal finance and cashiering, Solicitors£ Accounts Rules, SRA and other regulatory compliance, law firm organisation and management.
  • Excellent commercial awareness and interpersonal/relational skills.
  • Recognised accounting qualification.
  • Excellent IT skills and experience in the use of Office 365.
  • Leadership skills.
  • Team player.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Innovative, analytical, and commercial.
  • Flexibility.
  • Consistency.
  • Previous experience of working with entrepreneurs.

Remuneration and Reward:

  • As a reward, the company offers a highly competitive benefits package and a starting base salary of between £80,000 to £100,000 (negotiable depending on skills and experience). 10% of profit costs billed and paid in respect of introductions where the work is carried out by other fee earners.
  • Holiday entitlement: 23 days per annum in addition to the usual 8 bank holidays (which run from 1st January to 31st December in any year). After you have completed two years of continuous service you are entitled to an extra day£s holiday for each additional year of service up to a maximum of five additional days).
  • Pension Scheme: Auto-enrolment into the firm£s company pension scheme.
  • Private Medical Health Scheme: Upon successful completion of probation, contribution towards individual members of the firm£s private healthcare scheme subject to there being no onerous underwriting conditions.

For further information on this exciting new Head of Operations / COO position, please apply direct or contact Darren Buckley at AJ Chambers

Accounts Senior leading to Client Manager £" Growing & Ambitious Accountancy Firm

£35000 - £40000
London /

Accounts Senior leading to Client Manager £" Growing & Ambitious Accountancy Firm

AJ Chambers are working with a modern and growing independent firm in Upminster.

We are looking for an ACCA Qualified/Finalist who can produce limited company accounts and associated tax returns, being responsible for a portfolio of clients of varied size and sectors.

You will experience a great variety of work and a very friendly, sociable team, with a relaxed but professional culture in the office. Other benefits include up to £40,000 salary, 20 days holiday, flexible working and membership fees covered.

Further to the above you will also notice great opportunities to progress within the firm. You will have contact with clients and build rapport as your client base grows.

For further information on this Accounts Senior position, please apply direct or contact Scott Golding from AJ Chambers Recruitment.

Finance Business Partner

£50000 - £60000
London /

Finance Business Partner (Agile Working)

We are currently working with an International Law Firm that, whilst not a virtual Firm, understand the benefits of adopting hybrid working. In September 2021, the Firm launched an Agile Working Pilot, the aim of which is to ensure that we combine the needs of their Firm, team, and individuals to arrive at an optimal hybrid working model for the future, combining the right blend of working in the office and remotely, dependent on role.

Your Role

Reporting to the Commercial Finance Manager, you will provide detailed analysis to improve understanding of the financial performance of fee-earning departments and assist in commercial decision making, carrying out detailed financial modelling and written commentary.

Based at our client\'s London office, this role will sit within the recently formed Business Partnering team, supporting the Commercial Finance Manager and Commercial Finance Business Partner.

There are circa 50 employees in the Finance team, and it is divided into four key areas:

  • Reporting and Analysis (including Management Accounts, Business Intelligence, Financial Control and Business Partnering teams)
  • Financial Systems
  • Accounts Payable and Cashiers; and
  • Revenue, Pricing and Credit Control

Your Role and Responsibilities

Business Partnering:

  • Support senior stakeholders both within and outside of Finance to encourage and support the strategic direction of the division.
  • Regularly review actual performance, prepare forecasts/projections, and monitor against business plans and budgets.
  • Support in the preparation of investment appraisals/business case analysis for recruitments/lateral hires and promotions.
  • Assist in identifying any financial issues and efficiency opportunities to enable the practice groups to undertake profit improvement initiatives.
  • Attend and engage in regular department meetings to ensure the depth of knowledge of each department is maintained.
  • Support discussions of financial performance, proactively challenging issues, driving through change and gaining commercial insight.
  • Monitoring and managing key financial targets (e.g., billing, chargeable hours, recovery, and profitability).

Financial Management:

  • Assist the production of monthly management information pack including KPIs and divisional commentaries.
  • Review operating results and actual performance of the overall business as well as individual departments, practice groups, partners, and fee-earners.
  • Assist in the budgeting and planning cycles for fee-earning departments.
  • Work with the Business Intelligence team to support profitability analysis at client, matter, work type, partner, and fee earner level.
  • Ad-hoc financial analysis and project work, analysing and understanding underlying financial data.
  • Assist in the overall improvement of understanding of financial KPIs and performance across the business.


  • Work closely with the Business Intelligence team to help improve overall financial understanding of the business.
  • Establish relationships with key stakeholders such as DMPs, HoGs and support teams (HR, Business Development and Finance).
  • Collaboration with HR, including recruitment plans, business plans, forecasting headcount for budgets and targets, capacity management, salary review and bonuses, space planning, promotions and ad-hoc reviews of teams and individuals.
  • Collaboration with the BD department. Encouraging cross-selling across the Division and firm-wide, help identify opportunities to drive growth.

Your Qualifications and Experience

  • Qualified or part-qualified accountant (CIMA / ACCA / ACA)
  • Highly advanced Excel skills
  • Significant experience in using 3e, or other similar practice management system
  • Knowledge or willingness to learn to use new tools (e.g., Microsoft Power BI)

Your Skills

  • Previous experience in a legal sector role or other partnership structure is desirable but not essential
  • Ability to identify profit drivers and improvement opportunities through the analysis of P&L
  • Experience working with, and finance business partnering with, stakeholders across the business and have proven abilities in critically assessing detailed analysis and problem-solving
  • Influencing change within their area of responsibility
  • Excellent attention to detail with a high level of accuracy
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to prioritise
  • Ability to effectively manage own workload
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Personable and confident, able to build relationships with partners/ key stakeholders
  • Resilient and calm under pressure
  • Adaptable and flexible approach
  • Pro-active and takes initiative

For further information on this exciting new Finance Business Partner position, please apply direct or contact Darren Buckley at AJ Chambers