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Management Accountant

£60,000 - £70,000


Darren Buckley

Management Accountant

We are delighted to be partnering with an award-winning UK law firm that builds lasting relationships with public and private sector clients. The firms provide the very highest quality of service to their clients whilst enabling their people to achieve professional fulfilment in a supportive, inclusive, and enjoyable working environment.

The Central Finance Department is a team of circa 30, currently undergoing several exciting changes. They have recently completed the implementation of a new Practice Management Solution, Aderant, and this has presented several new opportunities. The longer-term vision of the department is to not only continue to provide exceptional service levels but also to develop and enhance systems to ensure these services are delivered efficiently and innovatively.

Your Role

This role is best suited to a fully qualified Management Accountant with a minimum of 3 years of previous experience in a similar role within the legal sector. Reporting to the Financial Controller, you will work in the Management Information & Reporting division of the Central Finance Team which is responsible for reporting the firm's results, including statutory and management accounts, budgets, forecasts, key performance indicators and performance reporting.

Your Responsibilities

  • Preparation of monthly Management Accounts, including variance analysis, P&L and balance sheet and other reports.
  • Annual overheads budget and forecasting process, liaising with and supporting the Heads of Business Services.
  • Business Partnering with Business Services leaders, providing financial analysis, commentary and responding to queries.
  • Working with the Finance Systems Team / Analysts to develop the General Ledger reporting suite.
  • Preparation of the data and schedules for the LLP's tax computation.
  • Assisting with PAYE settlement agreement schedules.
  • Assisting with the quarterly Vat return.
  • Quarterly & Annual legal surveys and National Statistics reporting.
  • Supervision of Fixed asset register, prepayments, and accruals.
  • Preparation and posting of other month-end journal adjustments & monthly balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Monthly cash flow forecasts.
  • Additional tasks as required for the business.

Your Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Qualified ACCA, CIMA or equivalent.
  • Experience in a similar role within a legal practice.
  • Advanced excel skills, and knowledge of MS Word and PowerPoint.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Proactive and able to use own initiative.
  • A good team player with the ability to work autonomously as required.
  • Experience of Aderant an advantage.
  • Confidential with sensitive information.

Remuneration and Rewards

  • Base Salary up to £70,000
  • Hybrid working (60% in office)
  • 27 Days Holiday + Bank Holidays
  • Enhanced Pension (3% Employee / 6% Employer)
  • Group income protection
  • Life assurance
  • Group critical illness cover
  • Tax-free childcare
  • Private medical insurance
  • Health screening
  • Season ticket loan + many, many more excellent benefits

For further information on this exciting new Management Accountant position, please contact Darren Buckley at AJ Chambers

  • Paralegal - Corporate Commercial

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    The successful candidate will be joining a team of exceptional lawyers and support staff in the North Essex based office, delivering legal services to a variety of businesses and business owners, and also in conjunction with other departments within the firm.

    Main duties:

    Assisting with due diligence exercises, including uploading, reviewing and reporting on documents in virtual data rooms Assisting with ancillary documents with company and asset sales and purchases Attending meetings with clients and taking notes of the meetings Assisting with the provision of legal advice to clients, under supervision Providing friendly day to day contact with clients and referrers and other professionals involved Drafting letters, emails and other documents as required Legal research into relevant issues

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    Candidates must be committed to delivering exceptional client service, inspiring confidence in clients and colleagues at the highest level, and developing lasting professional and personal relationships.

    You will:

    Ideally have experience in a similar role however this is not essential Be comfortable working on your own initiative Have a genuine passion for the work and a strong desire to succeed Be willing to go the extra mile for your clients and colleagues Effectively prioritise and have excellent organisation skills for a fast paced workload with tight deadlines Be commercially astute with a flexible and proactive ‘can do’ attitude to work and business development Possess good Microsoft skills particularly Word and Excel Excellent oral and written communication Excellent interpersonal skills

    The successful candidate will demonstrate a robust approach to risk management and will be responsible for the assessment and ongoing monitoring of risk in relation to their clients and matters, understanding when to report/escalate concerns to their team leader.

    If you have previous experience in any area of law you will be considered but corporate and Commercial experience would be advantageous.

    The role will offer a competitive salary dependent on experience with excellent benefits package that includes onsite parking

    For further information please contact Ella Britton

  • Senior Bookkeeper
    Up to £36,000

    AJ Chambers are pleased to be representing an independent and tech savvy cloud based chartered accountancy firm in Stevenage on their search for looking for an experienced bookkeeper to join their growing and forward-thinking outsourcing department.

    The businesses growth and success is due to a passion for seeking new and innovative ways to support SME's achieve their goals, with an integral part of their plans including using Xero as a driving force.

    The ideal candidate would be Xero certified or have a very good working knowledge of the inner workings of Xero and/or other cloud focused software’s.

    What will your role entail?

    Managing a varied range of clients including sole traders, limited companies, partnerships, and groups Reviewing the work performed by other junior team members Providing training and support to new and existing team members as needed within the firm Work and plan to establish goals and objectives for each year and monitor and advise on the progress to enhance the development of the overall business. Preparation of management accounts for a diverse range of clients Preparation of working papers to support the management accounts Xero projects including training clients and migrations Assisting clients to design systems and processes and automate wherever possible Liaising with HMRC with regards to VAT and CIS matters Work closely with the partners in driving the business forward

    What experience will you have?

    The successful candidate will share the ambitious and entrepreneurial mind set of the owners and work together to expand their services and provide new integration of apps to support the client's individual needs.

    Have experience of working in practice (preferably 2 years + PQE) Experience of using cloud software, preferably certified with Xero Confident leader who enjoys networking and development of new business Energetic self-starter who is happy to take responsibility Excellent time management and organisation skills Comfortable working to deadlines Excellent IT skills

    What are the benefits on offer?

    Flexible working including working from home Modern offices and independent working style Highly competitive salary Pathway and progression onto management teams Free parking on site + much more!

    If you believe you have what it takes to be successful in this Senior Bookkeeper role based in Stevenage and you would like to be considered, please do apply direct or contact Danielle Daymond at AJ Chambers and we will be in touch if short-listed!

  • Senior Accountant
    up to £45,000

    Senior Accountant - Leading National Firm, up to £45,000, Milton Keynes 

    We are working with a leading, national firm who are keen to appoint an experienced Senior Accountant. In this position, you will work on the firms larger, more complex clients, completing sets of consolidated accounts.

    Benefits: Salary - Up to £45,000 | 25 Days Holiday | Private Medical Insurance | Outstanding Flexibility

    The ideal candidate may be an auditor looking to move across to an accounts focused position, or someone who is working for a smaller firm who is looking for increased exposure to larger businesses. Our client can offer excellent flexibility, a strong financial package and cover for further professional exams and study.

    Senior Accountant Responsibilities:

    Managing your own portfolio and acting as a first point of contact Statutory accounts preparation for larger limited companies Preparation of consolidated accounts Managing juniors and ensuring their development Discussing and resolving accounts queries with clients Reviewing VAT and Bookkeeping work as required Working on corporation tax computations

    The ideal Accountant:

    ACA/ACCA qualified or qualified by experience 4+ years practice experience If you have moved to industry and would like to move back to practice, this can certainly be looked at Excellent communication skills Strong technical knowledge/Skills Ability to manage juniors

    For further information on this Senior Accountant role, please apply direct or contact Jacob Kwasnica from AJ Chambers Recruitment.

    Senior Accountant - Leading National Firm, up to £45,000, Milton Keynes

  • Tax Advisory Manager

    Tax Advisory Manager - Top 30 firm, market leaders in their space


    £65,000 +

    Would you be interested in joining an esteemed top 30 firm as a Tax Manager?

    AJ Chambers are proud to be working with a specialist leading advisory firm that are currently looking to appoint a Tax Manager with a background in Corporate Tax and/or Personal Tax to join their highly accelarating team in Cambridge.

    Remuneration & Benefits:

    £65,000 + Salary (Depending on Experience and Qualification) Market leading bonus packages 25 Days Annual Leave + National Bank Holidays Flexible Hybrid Working Model (An optional 3 days working from home) Collaborating with ambitious and motivated colleagues Client Facing


    The firm in question are market leaders in their field, and have experienced continual growth Strong possibilities for progression (partnership). Support in tackling very high level advisory, the scope of which is rarely found outside of the Big 4


    Working on considerable advisory projects Whilst very limited, there will be some tax returns to review

    Examples of advisory work available:

    Mergers & Acquisitions Investments (EIS/SEIS and EMI) HNWI tax planning Corporate restructuring Private Equity Tax disputes and investigations

    About you:

    CTA qualified is highly desired Up to date knowledge & technical experience within a wide range of tax Experience reviewing work

    For further information on this Tax Advisory Manager role, please apply direct or contact Jacob Kwasnica at AJ Chambers

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Finance Administrator

£32000 - £35000
London /

Finance Administrator

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Finance Administrator to join our client\'s growing team on a 6-month temporary to permanent contract.

£As an international reputation, privacy and security consultancy comprised of law, advisory, cyber, intelligence and kidnap for ransom, our client helps successful individuals from all over the world to enjoy what they have achieved, free from intrusions into their private lives or assaults on their character. Their team of leading lawyers, risk consultants, cyber security experts and intelligence analysts work together with some of the biggest names and most influential people on the planet £" defending their rights, freedoms, and liberty in an age of instant communication and relentless change.

£Their Finance team is essential to the smooth running of the firm. A close-knit, valued team, you will work alongside and report to our Credit Controller and work closely with our Revenue Executive who will support you within your role.


Your Role

You will provide a professional and timely accounting service concerning all invoices received into the business. Able to work quickly and efficiently within a team environment, you will support the finance team in providing a high quality service to our internal and external clients. The job will require times of high pressure, and the ability to work collaboratively with all areas across the firm.


  • Ensure invoices and credit cards are posted under our internal approval requirements, on time, and accurately that meet the needs of our business. This will include expenses and disbursements chargeable to our clients.
  • Ensure that the Purchase Ledger is accurately maintained, and processing deadlines (payment dates) are met.
  • To ensure suppliers (trade suppliers, counsel, Partners) are paid under agreed terms and conditions, or under best practice.
  • To support our monthly billing cycle but provide support to the Revenue team when required


Your Skills and Experience

  • Has 1-2 years minimum legal finance experience
  • Basic understanding of VAT and SRA rules
  • Logical, and organised mindset and good with numbers
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • The ability to work to daily/weekly/monthly deadlines
  • An aptitude for IT (especially Excel and other accounting software)
  • High proficiency in Excel, use of PIVOT tables and data analysis


Your Accountabilities

  • Purchase ledger - coding and posting invoices; filing invoices; reconciling supplier statements with the business ledger. Maintaining and updating the Liabilities Report.
  • VAT £" ensuring we remain compliant with HMRC regulations
  • Credit cards £" managing the account and relationship with the bank. Coding and posting monthly credit card statement
  • Petty cash - processing fee earner expense forms; checking all supporting documentation (e.g., invoices/till receipts etc.); coding all claims; and obtaining the necessary authorisation before payment.
  • Investigating and resolving any purchase ledger queries as required
  • Disbursement ledger - coding and posting counsel fee notes; filing; reconciliation of Counsel Fee statements to the nominal ledger quarterly.
  • Banking £" Daily banking and cashing of cheques and organising foreign currency when required
  • Payments £" responsible for all outgoing payments for the company using electronic means and manual cheque payments. This includes doing 2 supplier BACS runs a month and raising client and office cheques when required
  • Responsible for posting client/office receipts daily and notifying relevant people
  • Client-to-office transfers £" collating information and processing client-to-office transfers 3 times a week including payments in line with the SRA guidelines.
  • Updating Payments received report daily and circulating
  • Responsible for the monthly closure of the purchase ledger.
  • Filing £" regular filing of all paperwork.


You will be an experienced Finance administrator who is hardworking and keen to learn. The team are happy to provide training to the successful individual to better understand the business and systems. Experience in the Legal sector or professional services is highly desirable.

Remuneration and Rewards

  • £32,000 - £35,000 (Negotiable)
  • Hybrid Working (2 Days in the office)
  • Generous Annual Leave
  • Gym/Sports. Companies offering free or subsidised sports facilities/activities/gym memberships to all employees
  • Profit Related Pay. Companies where Profit Related Pay is available to all employees
  • Maternity
  • Private Healthcare
  • Women in Senior Management. At least 40% of senior managers are women


For further information on this exciting new Finance Administrator position, please contact Darren Buckley at AJ Chambers

Financial Control


Financial Control - Assistant Manager

We are delighted to be partnering with a Top 20 firm of Chartered Accountants based in the City of London.

You will work as part of the Financial Control team, providing support and cover for the Finance department£s office accounting function (supporting all UK offices).

You will ideally have already started your career within a Finance department and are nearing completion of your formal accounting qualifications or are newly qualified.

The Finance department consists of 21 Finance professionals, operating within three pillars £" Financial Control, Financial Operations and Financial Planning and Analysis, offering a friendly and supportive working environment The team.

You will work under the day-to-day supervision of the Financial Control Manager, the team provides accounting services to the business, including good governance, and monitoring risk and controls within the Finance Department.

You must have either completed/nearing completion of your professional qualifications ACCA/CIMA or ICAEW and have a high level of computer literacy (Word and Excel, or equivalent), with a desire to develop a career in an accounting finance role within a busy Finance department of a professional services organisation.

You will have excellent attention to detail and be well organised, with a flexible, enthusiastic attitude to work and a strong ability to learn through practical experience. Professional services firm experience in finance for an LLP is highly advantageous.

Your Responsibilities and Skills

  • You will review Balance sheet reconciliations and have proactive engagement with stakeholders
  • You will be responsible for payroll accounting; therefore, you should have a thorough understanding of payroll
  • You will thoroughly review and understand accruals and prepayments
  • You must have an understanding and knowledge of project accounting
  • You have a thorough understanding of the implications of tax with LLP accounting and have experience preparing tax schedules
  • You have a good understanding of VAT
  • You must review various journals for posting within the Finance system ensuring supporting documentation is signed off
  • You will review and sign off daily manual payments and payment runs for completeness and appropriate signatories adhering to signatory approval limits
  • You will set up bank payments and verify bank details in the Finance system
  • You have excellent accounting knowledge i.e., comfortable with performing corrections in the general ledger
  • You will be distributing contribution reports monthly to cost Centre owners and responding to queries promptly
  • You will support the financial control team members with accounting and daily running of one offshore entity as and when required
  • You will be reviewing management information on an ad-hoc basis, e.g., assistance with completing ONS and various surveys
  • You will be responsible for PO queries
  • You will support the Financial Control Manager with the smooth running of the Financial Control team.
  • You must continuously monitor risk and controls within the Finance department and report any breaches to the Head of Financial Control
  • You will provide support and cover for the rest of the financial control team members and work closely with Financial Operations and Financial Planning and Analysis teams

Remuneration and Rewards

  • £50,000 base salary
  • A 35-hour working week with flexibility around the core hours of 10am-4pm
  • The agile working policy gives you the option to work from home for up to 3 days per week
  • 25 days annual leave. After 5 years of service, the entitlement will be increased by 1 day
  • In addition, employees are entitled to buy or sell up to 5 days of holiday a year
  • Contributory pension scheme (The firm will contribute 5% of salary on a matched basis with the employee from their date of joining)
  • Life assurance cover of 4 x annual salary
  • Work from-home allowance of £25 a month
  • Eligibility for the firm£s Profit-Sharing Plan that runs from October to September each year
  • The scheme enables staff to share in the profits of the firm. Payment is usually c£1,000. Paid in December
  • Employee referral scheme. Assistant Manager level and below, including support staff, will attract a referral reward of £5,000, Manager level or above, will attract a referral reward of £10,000
  • New client referral scheme. Members of staff introducing a new client to the firm, have the potential to receive a referral payment of up to 10% of the first year£s total fees
  • Eligibility for the discretionary bonus scheme. This is based on both individual performance and firm performance
  • Access to health assessments, cancer screenings and health cash plans through the flexible benefits programme
  • Access to several additional benefits with preferential rates under the flexible benefits programme, health cash plans, health screening/GP support, critical illness cover, dental and travel insurance, Techscheme, Cyclescheme, Gymflex and a Workplace ISA
  • Paid travel expenses when working at offices other than your contracted office
  • The firm is committed to being a fully inclusive employer and has a huge focus on ED&I. Upon joining the firm, you will have the opportunity to join several people network groups as well as be a part of the growing ED&I network

For further information on this exciting new Financial Control - Assistant Manager position, please contact Darren Buckley at AJ Chambers

Legal Cashier

£27000 - £30000
London /

Legal Cashier/Finance Assistant

We are delighted to be partnering with an exceptional and dynamic law firm with a focused and supportive culture located close to Marylebone, London.

Due to growth, they are currently looking to add an experienced Legal Cashier/Finance Assistant to the team.

Your Responsibilities

  • Reporting to the Senior Accounts Executive
  • Bank reconciliations
  • Client payments and receipts
  • Deposit accounts
  • Client-to-office accounts transfers
  • Billing
  • Daily banking and archiving
  • Other ad-hoc duties as required by the firm

Your Skills

  • At least one year£s experience as a finance assistant or legal cashier is preferred.
  • Must have a very good working knowledge of the Solicitors Accounts Rules.

The Firm

  • The firm has doubled in size from pre-covid to today
  • Practice areas include Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Real Estate, Residential Real Estate, Employment, Litigation, Private Client, Immigration, and Construction
  • They have amazing clients including large corporates and international firms/UHNWI £" often dealing with overseas investors on the real estate side
  • Longstanding, repeat clients
  • They£re not snobby £" the right person/right hire is most important to them
  • Great office location

The Culture

  • Low staff turnover
  • Progressive £" backed up by their growth during COVID
  • Collegiate and friendly £" they have bi-monthly socials
  • Friendly and well looked after £" the whole firm had an (almost) all-expenses paid trip to Paris in October
  • Encouraged to be entrepreneurial
  • Flexible working policy
  • Will promote internally £" one of their Partners started as a trainee and they£ve recently promoted a Senior Associate to Partner and an Associate to Senior within the past year

Remuneration and Rewards

  • Salary in the region of £27,000 - £30,000 (depending on skills and experience)
  • Flexible working policy £" generally in office 2/3 days per week
  • Increase from 20 to 25 days holiday after 5 years continuous service + Bank Holidays. You also get additional days as the firm always close between Christmas and New Year without holiday allowance being taken from your annual leave
  • Private medical insurance as standard
  • Standard Pension
  • Working hours are 09:30 £" 17:30 (Flexible)

For further information on this exciting new Legal Cashier/Finance Assistant position, please contact Darren Buckley at AJ Chambers

Project Accountant

£45000 - £55000
London /

Project Accountant (Renewable Energy)

We are delighted to be exclusively partnering with a leading PE-Backed developer and asset manager of large-scale energy storage and technology in the UK.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Project Accountant to join the team working on Battery Energy Storage projects, you£ll report to the Head of Development and support the Finance teams in relation to accounting, reporting, and controlling topics.

Your Responsibilities

Management of project finances:

  • Ensures the accuracy of cost and pricing calculation
  • Ensures the accuracy of project finances as well as the accurate recording and reporting of such transactions in the relevant systems, e.g., DEXT and Xero
  • Attends commercial project status meetings and is responsible for updating the forecast and cost monitor accordingly
  • Prepares commercial documentation for regular project status meetings and ensures the accuracy of the commercial project data (i.e., FC, MIKA, cash flow)
  • Undertakes invoicing according to project progress and contractual terms and ensures proper payment allocation
  • Ensuring timely applications for payment from the customer are made
  • Ensures compliance with Company FRG (Financial Reporting Guidelines) and local GAAP requirements
  • Supports the Head of Development in the identification and reporting of non-conformance costs

Risk and claim management:

  • Together with the HOD Identifies, assesses, responds, monitors, reports, and escalates all financial and commercial risks, e.g., calculation, tax, insurance, currency
  • Together with the HOD attends the risk workshops and supports with the maintenance and reporting of risk within the project tools
  • Performs the credit risk analysis for potential customers & suppliers, together with Global Procurement for suppliers

Supports the CPM with compliance to standards, rules, and regulations:

  • Ensures compliance with relevant tax regulations, e.g., PATAC, NCM, PE management (tax returns, transfer pricing, delegation concepts)
  • Ensures compliance with export control regulations
  • Ensures compliance with hedging/currency regulations
  • Ensures proper handling of bank accounts including petty cash, if applicable
  • Ensures correct methodology for evaluation of risk and opportunities as defined, e.g., in FRG, PM guide
  • Ensures adherence to revenue recognition rules and accountancy practices, guidelines, and any specific regulations
  • Ensures adherence to internal controls (RIC), incl. ICFR
  • For cross-border projects: synchronizes contract structure with tax and delegation concept; preparation and signature of NCM mandatory documents


  • Actively participate in both internal and where required external project-related meetings (e.g., team members, managers, customers)
  • Builds strong relationships and cooperates closely with other individuals within the project team and the wider business

Management of stakeholders:

  • Ensures efficient communication with all relevant internal Contract Management, Project Management, and Work Package Managers
  • Ensures proper execution of all tasks with all relevant stakeholders, i.e., SFS (e.g., financing, insurance, guarantees, currency & commodity hedging), CF (e.g., AC, Taxes, Treasury, Audit), RIC incl. OR, Legal and Compliance, HR (incl. Delegation process), ECC, Customs, external auditors etc
  • Interacts with all relevant stakeholders to ensure the execution of all issues regarding project financing
  • Monitors the performance of partners/subcontractors through the review of the cost monitor and DEXT and Xero

Your Skills and Experience

  • Experience in financially controlling external customer projects
  • Proven experience in Accounting and Controlling, Reporting, Planning, Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Qualified accountant ACCA/ACA/CIMA or equivalent
  • Part Qualified candidates to complete the qualification will also be considered
  • Expertise in DEXT, Xero and MS Office
  • A process-oriented person with strong analytical skills
  • Exposure to risk management is an advantage
  • A self-organised individual with the ability to adhere to timelines
  • Accurate in work preparation and diligent in documentation
  • Strong communicator with experience working in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Appreciation and interest in the industry we operate in
  • A progression-minded individual with the willingness to learn and develop

Remuneration and Rewards

  • £45,000 - £55,000 Base Salary
  • 24 Days Holiday + Bank Holidays
  • Hybrid/Remote work available
  • Private Medical - looking to be introduced in the new year
  • Workplace Pension with nest currently £" looking to be changed to a privatised workplace pension scheme in the new year
  • Some more significant benefits to be introduced in 2023

For further information on this exciting new Project Accountant position, please contact Darren Buckley at AJ Chambers