CILEx Regulation Courses

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CILEx Regulation accounts courses are designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge for accounts and financial management. It has been mapped against and meets the CILEx Regulation accounts requi​rements, which you must meet to be a manager in an entity regulated by CILEx Regulation.

Level 1 – this course delivers the competencies CILEx Regulation requires of all managers in an entity. 

Level 2a - this builds on the knowledge and skills gained from Level 1 to be able to support commercial decisions and good financial hygiene.

If you are new to this area, we also highly recommend attending the ILFM Training: The Fundamentals of Legal Cashiering


Level 1

CILEx Level 1 can be taken as a whole course or as individual units.

- Units taken individually £45

- Level One all 14 Units £495 (this represents a discount of over 20%)

If you take the entire CILEx Level 1 then we will include 2 years membership Free of Charge. Click here for more details on ILFM Membership and how we can add value to you.

The course has been designed to:

•    Assist students that have little or no knowledge in bookkeeping, or those that have never studied a professional qualification in this area. 
•    Concentrate on teaching the accounts rules that every legal professional will encounter during their time in practice.

With more and more focus being placed on understanding the business to ensure strong compliance, coupled with financial health, the ILFM’s courses begin here with the foundations. 

For those that have never worked with, or studied bookkeeping or accounts rules, it can at first appear daunting. 

You ought to expect an annual visit from your external accountant and auditor, and can also expect occasional visits from H M Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and any Practice Standards Unit (PSU) by your regulator. This course will assist you to be prepared for any of these.

Your tutor will always be on hand to provide support and guidance where necessary. These units provide you with the basic understanding to progress to higher level accounting and to fully understand your business’ finances.

The units will take a step-by-step approach. All of the work you do on the course will be better if you use a combination of common sense and careful reading of the units, together with any research and relevant rules.

We estimate, depending on how fast you wish to work, that each Unit could take 1-2 Days (7-14 hours) to complete.  All units need to have been completed within 2 years of signing up to the course.

Assessment and Certificates:

Assessment will be via submission of an assignment for each unit.  This unit assignment will be marked by our tutor. If this assignment reaches the required 50% pass mark, you will be issued with a certificate for the Unit.  This can be used as evidence for CILEx of satisfactory completion of that Unit. If you need to resubmit a Unit for marking there will be a small administration charge to cover costs of £30.


Accounts Level 1 - Contents

Level One - Unit 1 - The purpose of accounting

Introduction
Basic accounting framework
Manual accounting system
Computerised accounting system
Importance of an audit trail

Level One - Unit 2 - Double entry bookkeeping

Books of prime or original entry
The transfer journal
Purpose of double entry bookkeeping
Main principles of double entry bookkeeping
‘T’ Accounts

Level One - Unit 3 - Nominal ledgers

Reason for ledger accounts
Control Accounts
Private ledgers
The importance of coding and an introduction to management accounts
Introduction to variances

Level One - Unit 4 - Costs

Client invoicing
Issuing credit notes
Setting credit limits
Credit control policy
Debt collection and provision of bad debt
Writing off bad debt
Sales ledger control account

Level One - Unit 5 -Trial Balance

Understanding what a trial balance is
Basic principles
Omissions and finding an error
Use of suspense accounts
Adjustments and the extended trial balance

Level One - Unit 6 - Reconciliations

Balancing off the books and ledgers
The importance of regular bank reconciliations
Process and procedures
Unpresented payments and lodgements
Record keeping
Financial Statements/Completion Statements

Level One - Unit 7 - Financial Position

Basic management reports
Profit and Loss Account
Balance Sheet
Variances

Level One - Unit 8 - VAT

Registration
Rates of VAT
Tax points and invoicing
Inputs and outputs
Accounting schemes
VAT control account

Level One - Unit 9 - Disbursements v Recharges

Professional disbursements
Other disbursements
Principle and agency method
Disbursements v recharges

Level One - Unit 10 - Purpose and aims of the legal professionals accounts rules

Introduction
Purpose and aims of the accounts rules
The overarching objectives and underlying principles
Interpretation
Procedures for protecting client money
Who is governed by the accounts rules
Categories of money

Level One - Unit 11 - Client money and client account

What is client money?
Client cashbook and the use of multiple client bank accounts
Multi currency and client accounts
Client ledgers and the non use of general client ledgers
Exceptions to rule around individual client ledgers
Transferring between clients
Receiving client funds

Level One - Unit 12 - Withdrawals from client account

Who can sign?
Internal policies and procedures
Types of withdrawal
Earmarking
Cash withdrawals

Level One - Unit 13 - Client money not held in a client account

Liquidators, trustees in bankruptcy, court of protection deputies and
Trustees of occupational pension schemes
Joint accounts
Accounts in clients own name
Funds held according to clients own instructions
Other money withheld from client account
Rules around holding cash
Money held as stakeholder or agent
Third party cheques

Level One - Unit 14 - Interest

Requirement for interest policy
Amount of interest
When interest should be paid
Situations where interest may be not be paid
Fair and reasonable application

 


Level 2a

CILEx Level 2a is taken as individual units.

- Units individually £45

The course has been designed to build on the knowledge and skills gained from Level 1 to be able to support commercial decisions and good financial hygiene.

With more and more focus being placed on understanding the business to ensure strong compliance, coupled with financial health, the ILFM’s courses begin here with the foundations. 

For those that have never worked with, or studied bookkeeping or accounts rules, it can at first appear daunting. 

You ought to expect an annual visit from your external accountant and auditor, and can also expect occasional visits from H M Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and any Practice Standards Unit (PSU) by your regulator. This course will assist you to be prepared for any of these.

Your tutor will always be on hand to provide support and guidance where necessary. These units provide you with the basic understanding to progress to higher level accounting and to fully understand your business’ finances.

The units will take a step-by-step approach. All of the work you do on the course will be better if you use a combination of common sense and careful reading of the units, together with any research and relevant rules.

We estimate, depending on how fast you wish to work, that each Unit could take 1-2 Days (7-14 hours) to complete.  All units need to have been completed within 2 years of signing up to the course.

Assessment and Certificates:

Assessment will be via submission of an assignment for each unit.  This unit assignment will be marked by our tutor. If this assignment reaches the required 50% pass mark, you will be issued with a certificate for the Unit.  This can be used as evidence for CILEx of satisfactory completion of that Unit. If you need to resubmit a Unit for marking there will be a small administration charge to cover costs of £30.


Accounts Level 2a - Contents

Level 2a - Unit 1 - Safeguarding client money

What internal controls are needed in a legal practice?

How do you implement controls?

How do you test internal controls?

Communication

Difference between client money and client account

Level 2a - Unit 2 - Understanding profitability

Profitability – an introduction

Variations in profitability

Financial structure and profitability

Key profitability benchmarks

Level 2a - Unit 3 - The difference between profit and cash

Profit v cash

Drawings

The balance of bank borrowing and partner capital

Level 2a - Unit 4 - Credit Control Policy

Implement policy

Communicate policy

Payment terms

Debt collection policy

Debt collection procedures


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