Accounts Certificate Administrator

The Law Society of Scotland
Contract Type
Practice Area
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Financial Compliance Department for a Full Time Permanent Financial Compliance Administrator (Accounts Certificates).

Job Description

The Law Society of Scotland is the professional body for over 13,000 Scottish Solicitors and with over 150 staff members, our primary focus is to support a thriving profession of high quality and trusted Solicitors in Scotland with access to justice for all. At the centre of our organisation are the values of Respect, Openness, Progress, Inclusion, and Integrity which drive our teams to deliver the best possible service for the legal sector and beyond.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Financial Compliance Department for a Full Time Permanent Financial Compliance Administrator (Accounts Certificates). The Financial Compliance Team primarily monitors Solicitor compliance with the requirements of the  Scottish Solicitor’s Accounts Rules and Incidental Financial Business rules.  The submission of Accounts Certificates and Incidental Financial Business Certificates by all firms on a 6-monthly / annual basis is an integral part of regulatory process where firms self-report on their compliance with the Accounts Rules.

Key Responsibilities for this role:

Reporting to one of the Financial Compliance Managers, the successful candidate, will be responsible for dealing with all aspects of the Accounts Certificates processing and administrative work that arises from the submission of Accounts Certificates and Incidental Financial Certificates received from Practice Units. This will include reviewing Certificates to ensure completeness and to highlight disclosures for further attention by the Financial Compliance Team.  The role will also involve regular communication with solicitors and their staff regarding their Certificates.

The successful candidate will also have to provide administrative cover for the duties performed by the other Financial Compliance Administrators which would include supporting the Compliance Inspection Process and work relating to the Client Protection Sub-Committee and the Anti-Money Laundering Sub-Committee.

Key Knowledge, Skills and  Experience:

Candidates should have a background in administrative work and previous experience in a legal office or financial role is desirable but not essential. 

The successful candidate must demonstrate good initiative, excellent administrative and organisational skills, be able to manage and prioritise different workloads and have strong verbal and written communication skills. Excellent IT skills must also be held, and an ability to accurately extract and report on information held within various databases.

The post will involve a combination of working from home or at the Law Society’s offices in Edinburgh.

What we offer our employees?

We offer a comprehensive benefits package to support our colleague’s professional and personal needs. Some of these include:

- A hybrid working environment.
- Flexible working, to allow you to work around your lifestyle and commitments.
- 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, rising to 30 days holiday a year after 5 years’ service
- A competitive pension provision scheme
- Excellent family friendly benefits
- Learning and Development opportunities to enhance your skills or through programmes leading to professional or academic qualification.
- Various health and wellbeing benefits such as confidential counselling services, bike to work scheme, eyecare, and offers on well-known brands through Edenred.

The Law Society of Scotland is an equal opportunities employer, and we welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds. We hold an Investors in Diversity Award in recognition of our commitment to advance fairness, respect, equality, diversity, inclusion and engagement within our organisation and the Scottish legal sector. More information can be found on our Equality and Diversity page. 

We are always on the look for new talent to join our incredible workforce. If you are looking for a new opportunity within the society, we would love to hear from you!

This vacancy will close at 12 noon on Monday 4th December 2023. It is anticipated that interviews will take place during the following 2 weeks.