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Northern Society of Chartered Accountants

At the heart of northern business since 1882

Solicitors’ accounts rules update with Stephen McAlpine

Date: 20 May 2015 13:30 to 16:30

Type: Audit Assurance and Financial Reporting, Legal and Regulatory

Organiser: Tyne and Wear

The course will focus on the application of the SRA’s Accounts Rules and the issues involved. It will ensure delegates are fully conversant with the detail of these provisions and are confident about their practical application. The course is aimed at those who are experienced in dealing with solicitor clients and acting as reporting accountants. At the end of the course, delegates can:

●          Appreciate the recent changes made to the Rules

●          Demonstrate an awareness of the regulatory changes effecting solicitors in practice

●          Understand the commercial outlook for the legal profession.

Content will include:

  • Update on recent changes, including ICAEW authorisation of ABSs
  • Changes in risk based reporting regime
  • Duties of COLP and COFA
  • Trivial or Non-Trivial Breaches?
  • Common problem areas of the SRA Accounts Rules
  • Residual balances – rules and resolutions
  • Solicitors and money laundering cases
  • ·           Recent disciplinary cases involving the Accounts Rules
  • ·           Other news and changes to the Rules
  • ·           Current performance and outlook for the sector

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Radisson Blu, Durham

Frankland Lane

Tel No: 0191 3727200


Stephen McAlpine

Stephen McAlpine is a Chartered Accountant with considerable practical and training experience. He has been responsible for accountancy training to a variety of organisations, including open courses; ranging from small businesses to major quoted companies. Stephen had almost ten years’ experience as training manager in two medium size firms of Chartered Accountants before becoming a freelance trainer and independent reviewer of files for technical standards for about 60 firms of accountants. As a complement to his training and technical commitments, Stephen is a partner in an audit and accountancy practice which he founded in 1993. The firm’s clients are owner managed, and Stephen provides them all the routine professional services they require from an accountant.

How to book

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