The Law Society of Ireland has introduced new Solicitors Accounts Regulations 2023 which will come into operation on 1 July 2023. Among the changes, there are new requirements for reporting accountants.

From 1 July 2023 reporting accountants must:

  • Examine Balancing Statements prepared at quarterly intervals in respect of client-account transactions (currently these are examined at six monthly intervals);
  • File reports within five months of the accounting date;
  • Test-check that withdrawals of fees are notified to the clients;
  • Test-check postings before and after the accounting date;
  • File the Closing Reporting Accountant’s Reports within three months of cessation;
  • Provide reasons for the withdrawal of approval of a Reporting Accountant;
  • Report, directly to the Law Society, an opinion or a suspicion of a deficit, rather than waiting to submit an annual report; and
  • Provide to the Law Society a list of any client ledger balances outstanding for two years or more prepared as at the accounting date.

The full text of the Regulations is here.

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Publications and AML webinars:

  • The ISQM TOOLKIT 2022 is available to purchase here.
  • See our latest Anti-Money Laundering Policies Controls & Procedures Manual (March 2022) – View the Table of Contents click here.
  • Also we have an updated AML webinar (March 2022) available here, which accompanies the AML Manual. It explains the current legal AML reporting position for accountancy firms and includes a quiz. Upon completion, you receive a CPD Certificate of attendance in your inbox.
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