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Best place to look for an accountant? If you were looking to find new clients, where would you look?

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By johnt27
10th Oct 2019 13:38

Are you looking for an accountant or bookkeeper?

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By ebfin
10th Oct 2019 14:41

Looking for an accountant.

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By ebfin
10th Oct 2019 16:39

Are you familiar with Proclaim Accounts?

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By johnt27
10th Oct 2019 16:46

Yes, it's ok. There are better packages available

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By stepurhan
10th Oct 2019 13:55

What is it you actually want done? (both in terms of hours worked and tasks required)

How much are you offering for this work?

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By ebfin
10th Oct 2019 14:47

Proclaim Accounts
SRA compliant Reports
Key Management Reports

Required preparation and submission year end accounts to HMRC, Companies House and SRA. It's a new company, minimal hours.

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By johnt27
10th Oct 2019 15:02

By SRA reports I assume this means you'll be holding client money. In which case you need an auditor, not an accountant, who can undertake the necessary work in accordance with the rules.

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By DouglasN
10th Oct 2019 15:52

I'm still not sure what you are looking for. Are you looking to employ an in-house accountant as staff, or engage an external accountant to provide services (eg year end audit).

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By DJKL
10th Oct 2019 16:53

It could be they want an ongoing accountant (internal or external) then on top of that an auditor. An accountancy firm or in house keeping them on the straight and narrow from week to week.

The firm I was with in the early 1990s offered this service to a couple of smaller firms who could not justify a full cashroom team ( for instance my late father's firm had five full time staff within the accounting function, but that was in the 1960s and 1970s, modern accounts packages for solicitors will have thinned required head counts)

Back then we performed both ongoing accountancy/ledger posting and the law society audit (Scotland) but no idea whether that would, these days ,be considered a conflict of interest.

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By ebfin
10th Oct 2019 19:12

We are new firm and looking for the best option for money. We can employ or engage an external, now looks like we need an auditor.

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By JoF
11th Oct 2019 07:56

You know how you would expect candidates to sell themselves in their CVs and interviews.....well you need to sell the role.

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By mrme89
11th Oct 2019 08:54

It's difficult to sell a role when you don't know what you want / need.

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By JCresswellTax
11th Oct 2019 12:58

Best idea would be for you to actually find out and think about what you need before posting a wishy washy 'job ad' on the internet.

Definitely wouldn't be using your firm for any legal matters.

Sorry.

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By ebfin
12th Oct 2019 07:29

I asked where is the best place to look for an accountant. I did not intend to put advert here, this was just an example.

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By Matrix
12th Oct 2019 08:24

Looks like you will only get facetious comments on here.

I googled it and there are firms who specialise in solicitors so chat it through with them.

Have you given up the tax return work?

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By Cheshire
12th Oct 2019 08:44

Another one completly changing his post days later.

Original post was:-

''We are located in Manchester city centre, however the accountant will benefit from flexible hours and opportunity to work from the comfort of their own home or the office in Manchester or both. We are looking for someone with excellent working knowledge and experience of the SRA Accounts Rules and preferably Proclaim Legal Case Management Software. In return, we offer the flexibility to work from home or in the office or both and the flexibility to chose your own working hours to maintain a healthy work/life balance.''

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By Cheshire
12th Oct 2019 08:45

ebfin wrote:

Best place to look for an accountant? If you were looking to find new clients, where would you look?

Above - just for the record.

Are you an Accountant (as prior posts suggest) or a Solicitor?

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