Following on from our earlier blogs on 11 April and 18 April about the introduction of the new Solicitors Accounts Regulations 2023, we thought that a worked example about the transition to the new rules, would be helpful.

The existing Solicitors Accounts Regulations 2014 remain applicable for any accounting period that commenced before 1 July 2023, until such time as the solicitor has filed the Reporting Accountant’s report with the Law Society.  The full text of the Regulations is here.

The 2023 Regulations apply for accounting periods commencing on/after 1 July 2023. Let’s take two practical examples to clarify the position:

Law Firm Client with YE 30/4/2023 – apply the existing 2014 regulations for the full financial year to 30/4/2023 because the 2023 regulations don’t commence until 1 July 2023.

Apply the 2023 regulations from the accounting period starting on 1 May 2024 for this client, with the first quarterly test being on 31 July 2024.

Law Firm Client with YE 31/12/2023 – the existing 2014 Regulations apply for the full financial year 2023 and the new 2023 Regulations apply to this client from 1 January 2024 with the first quarterly reconciliation happening on 31 March 2024.

Please go to our website to see our new ISQM TOOLKIT or if you prefer to chat through the different audit risks and potential appropriate responses presented by this new standard, please contact John McCarthy FCA by e-mail at

We typically tailor training and brainstorming sessions to suit your firm’s unique requirements.

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.
  • To ensure your letters of engagement and similar templates are up to date visit our site here where immediate downloads are available in Word format. A bulk discount is available for orders of five or more items if bought together.