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Legal Cashier

Fareham, Hampshire
£25,000 to £28,000
Job Type
21 Jul 2022
The firm

A leading UK law firm with a network of offices from the South Coast to Scotland, working together as one national team. An innovative practice and the first top 50 law firm to achieve "Platinum Standard" Investors in People, our values and culture are not just words on our website but are the heartbeat of the firm. The lack of barriers between departments, a real lack of hierarchy, zero tolerance for arrogance makes Shoosmiths a fantastic place to work.

The team

Our finance team are committed to providing an efficient and accurate service to our legal advisors and to other support functions. At the centre of this is ensuring that the client and office accounts are kept up to date and invoices are produced accurately and in a timely manner.

The role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Legal Cashier to join our Finance team in the South for a maternity cover. You will be working as part of a local team and a larger firm wide department, supplying an efficient and accurate legal cashiering service for the Legal Advisers and other support functions.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone with previous experience within a legal finance environment, to broaden their knowledge and gain new skills. You will need to have excellent communication skills, a keen eye for detail, flexibility, able to manage your own workload within tight deadlines.

We currently adopt a hybrid working policy however your local office will be our Solent office, on the Whiteley Business Park, with the requirement to spend a minimum of one day a week in our Thames Valley office (located next to Reading Railway Station).

Main responsibilities


  • To understand and ensure compliance with the Accounts Rules in relation to all tasks.
  • To avoid any breaches of the Accounts Rules.
  • To ensure that client and office accounts are kept up to date accurately.
  • To be approachable/flexible

Key areas:

  • Client & Office account transactions;
    • Sending all CHAPS/International and Faster payments daily within the specified deadlines.
    • To understand & follow agreed procedures for reviewing and operating Bankline.
    • To raise, post and distribute client & office cheques to LA s / PA s, this will also include banking. These duties are to be performed on a adhoc basis.
    • To carry out any transfers i.e. client to client, matter to matter, client to bill, client to disbursement and disbursement to disbursements in accordance with Shoosmiths policies.
    • Log anticipated and actual disbursements onto the ledger which should be kept up to date on the accounting system in accordance to our policies.
    • Post special delivery & other soft charges daily.
  • Billing;
    • To understand the billing process and raise bills on a daily basis.
    • To understand the process of credit notes/write offs/cancellations/foreign invoices
    • To have a full understanding of the VAT treatment of overseas clients
  • General Duties;
    • To understand and ensure compliance with the Accounts Rules in relation to all tasks.
    • Be proactive within the Finance team and be willing to make suggestions where they feel they will make more efficient processes.
    • To cover other team members with holidays or absence.
    • To assist Finance departments at other Shoosmiths sites if required.
    • Ensure that any problems are appropriately communicated to your Finance Manager and/or team and Legal Advisors promptly.
    • To provide assistance to the 'Lead Cashier when required. Should tis come out as its you and I really?
    • Additional hours required during peak times including month end, quarterly and year end.
    • This list is not exhaustive and duties include various other tasks as directed by the Finance Manager.
Skills and qualifications
  • Previous legal experience within professional services and ideally at least 12 months within a similar role
  • Positive with can do attitude
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Good level of IT literacy ie Excel, Outlook etc
  • Have the ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to adapt and maintain high standards
  • Organised with a neat and tidy approach to working practices
  • Reliability, friendly and helpful approach
  • Have a flexible approach to working practices
  • Ability to work as part of a small local team but also the bigger Finance team.

Background Checks

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. These checks will include employment references covering the last 5 years, proof of ID, proof of address covering the last 5 years. Personal vetting credit search (which will only highlight Insolvency or County Court Judgements - Should any adverse data show on the Personal Vetting search them any offer of employment made be withdrawn). Terrorism check (against data supplied by the Bank of England) and a basic DBS check previously known as a Criminal Records check.

Equal opportunities

Our approach to our people is underpinned by our approach to diversity, inclusion and well being. Our ambition is to build a diverse and ambitious workforce that reflects all backgrounds and talents, and a workplace that is supportive and inclusive, recognises and nurtures talent, and has a strong sense of community between colleagues.

This means that everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, whatever their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.

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  • Job Reference: 663289049-2
  • Date Posted: 21 July 2022
  • Recruiter: Shoosmiths
  • Location: Fareham, Hampshire
  • Salary: £25,000 to £28,000
  • Sector: Accounting
  • Job Type: Permanent