Law firms – You need regular financial audits

Within legal practices, it is more important than just about anywhere else to maintain client trust and your own integrity.

You see clients at a difficult or stressful time in their personal or professional lives, from buying a house or going through divorce to commercial transactions and litigation.

As with accountants, solicitors are trusted by clients to be more upstanding that a regular business or service provider for this reason.

This is why demonstrating financial compliance through regular audits serves a far wider purpose than simply avoid penalties.

Audits are essential tools for safeguarding your firm’s financial health and protecting both

Financial accuracy and integrity

At its core, an audit is a thorough examination of a firm’s financial records and transactions.

This process ensures that your financial statements accurately reflect your firm’s financial position.

For law firms, where financial transactions can be complex and varied, accuracy is paramount.

You might, for example, hold funds on behalf of a homebuyer or charge clients by time spent on a task, which means that you’ll need to be able to prove that these funds have been obtained and allocated lawfully.

An audit helps in identifying discrepancies, inefficiencies and areas of risk, allowing for quick corrections and adjustments.

Compliance with regulations

You know that legal practices operate under strict regulatory frameworks, with specific rules governing client funds, financial reporting, and operational transparency.

An audit ensures that your firm adheres to these legal and regulatory obligations, minimising the risk of penalties or legal issues. It also reassures clients and stakeholders of your firm’s commitment to compliance and ethical practice.

It can also help you to avoid unnecessary and time-consuming scrutiny from regulatory bodies.

Protecting client funds

One of the more unique aspects of legal practice that we see for audit purposes is the handling of client funds.

Whether it’s holding money in trust or managing settlements, the integrity with which these funds are handled is under constant scrutiny.

Regular audits verify that client funds are appropriately managed, separated from the firm’s finances, and protected against mismanagement or fraud.

This not only complies with legal obligations but also reinforces client trust and confidence in your firm.

The credibility of your financial statements is crucial, not just for internal stakeholders but also for clients, regulatory bodies, and financial institutions.

A successful audit is testament to your firm’s financial health and operational integrity.

How can we help?

If it’s been a while since your last audit, it’s time to get in touch with us and let us help you make sure everything is in order.

Audits don’t have to be stressful, and they don’t exist to accuse anyone of wrongdoing. Rather, they are there to avoid wrongdoing or accidental mismanagement of client funds, which can be a disaster for your firm and its reputation.

Need some audit support? Get in touch with our team today.