Glasgow - Financial Accountant, Finance

Term: Permanent
Reports to: Financial Reporting Manager
Practice group: Finance
Location: Glasgow
Purpose of role
  • Responsible for accurate and timely preparation of financial accounts.
  • Production of supporting documentation for the annual audits.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of accurate ledgers and detailed reconciliations to support the worldwide balances and accounts of the firm.
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual consolidated partnership accounts and LLP accounts.
  • Preparation of annual accounts for the various other partnerships and companies within the group including the deconsolidated tax accounts.
  • Liaison with auditors and ensuring that financial reporting deadlines are met.
  • Preparation of detailed analyses from the financial accounts for tax computation purposes where necessary.
  • Ensuring that audit entries / adjustments are accurately reflected in the accounting ledgers.
  • Assistance in the preparation of quarterly reconciliations of all balance sheet accounts for the London and UK registered overseas offices.
  • Reconciliation of individual partners' current, capital and tax accounts and ensuring all recharges for insurances and loan capital interest are recorded accurately.
  • Preparation of monthly drawings and quarterly distributions for UK and Irish partners.
  • Prepare the monthly cashflow.
  • Responsible for arranging partner capital loans and the annual capital movements following the allocation of partner points.
  • To produce the WIP by matter partner report at year end for statutory accounts purposes.
  • Provide cover and assistance to the Management Accounts team as required.
  • To produce Consolidated Group balance sheet for management accounts pack every month.
  • To prepare a monthly reconciliation between the trial balance and the management accounts for the profit each month.
  • To work on ad hoc projects as required within the finance team and with other business services teams.
  • Prepare the accounts and co-ordinate the audit for Dentons UK and Middle East Charitable Trust.
  • Preparation of the Quarterly group VAT return for the UK.
Required experience, skills and attributes
  • Fully qualified ACA/ACCA.
  • Excellent Excel skills (including charts and pivot tables).
  • Knowledge of Elite/3E would be an advantage.
  • Sound working knowledge of databases and Word and Powerpoint.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Methodical approach to work with a strong focus on accuracy.
  • Can clearly explain problems and issues to others and contribute to their resolution.
  • Able to prioritise and multi-task particularly when working under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Collaborative with an ability to interact positively at all levels and a good team player.
  • Able to demonstrate excellent customer facing skills.
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances.
  • Can demonstrate confidence and resilience to overcome obstacles to deliver what is required.
  • Can demonstrate initiative and the ability to be proactive.
  • Hardworking and enthusiastic approach to work; professional in outlook, attitude and appearance.
  • Proactive with a "can-do" attitude in all areas, with a strong sense of self-motivation.
  • Understands the need for documentation and well-defined procedures.
  • Experience of dealing with partners and senior management.
  • Experience of working in a law firm or a professional services environment is advantageous.

How we work

This is a Hybrid role – your place of work is one of our offices, however there is no minimum (or maximum) number of days you must work from this office. We give you the freedom to decide with your team how efficiently and effectively you can deliver the best service to our clients, work with your colleagues, and progress your own personal development whilst recognizing the need to adjust plans where circumstances require. We encourage you to discuss this with our recruitment team and your interviewers to see how the team you are interviewing with are working. You will have an allowance to create a workspace in your own home, as well the kit to utilise the desks at any of our offices.

The firm

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

Diversity & Inclusion

Essential to our success as a global law firm is our ability to attract and retain the best talent from a diverse range of backgrounds. We want a work environment where everyone can reach their potential and we have an inclusive culture which respects individual differences.

We undertake and support a number of internal and external initiatives aimed at increasing diversity within the profession and we encourage all our partners and staff to get involved. We welcome you to learn more about diversity and inclusion at Dentons.

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively and if you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please email

Important update regarding job applications:

As part of programme of continued global investment in our people, the Firm is switching to a new job application system on February 20th 2023. This role may be reposted on February 20th. If so, it will include a note of this reference number: AH1903 to allow you to avoid duplicate applications. If you have any questions you can read more here or contact the team at if you require any assistance.

No Agencies Please

If you are interested in applying for this position, we welcome direct applications via our careers page, but if you have any questions beforehand please email recruitment.matters@dentons.comEnquiries only please, applications will not be accepted via email.  Please note that we will not accept unsolicited CV's sent to the business, nor will we accept any associated terms of business.