LW7114 - Solicitors Accounts

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What will I learn on this module?

On this module you will learn how to prepare and check firm and client’s accounts in a law firm. You will learn the requirements to keep other people’s money separate from money belonging to a solicitor or the solicitor’s firm and cover the need to keep other people’s money safely in an account identifiable as a client account and to use that money for client matters only, as well as accounting for interest on that account. The requirements of keeping proper accounting records to accurately show the position with regard to the money held for each client and trust will also be covered. In addition you will learn how to recognise, record and interpret receipts into and payments from office and client accounts as well as transfers between office and client accounts.

How will I learn on this module?

This module will be taught through the Wills and Administration of Estates module and the learning and teaching strategy employed on this module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The University will support you in learning and research with an excellent library and teaching facilities; access to on-line databases and resources and appropriate software.

This module is taught through the Wills and Administration of Estates module and you will benefit from all the support provided through that module including material being available through the eLP and support through the Workshop Tutor who will be responsible for guiding you in your engagement and learning on the module.

Should you have queries you may speak to the lecturer or your Workshop Tutor or e-mail your query to either member of staff. Support will include oral feedback from Tutors during small group Workshops. Your Workshop Tutor will also be available to answer queries by e-mail or in person, provided an appointment has been arranged. You are encouraged to make contact with your Tutor if you encounter any difficulties relating to any aspect of the module.

The Programme Administration and Student Liaison teams are responsible for the non-academic administration of the module, such as receiving your completed assignment, returning your marked assignment and recording your marks.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• You will display and critically apply your expert knowledge of solicitors accounts in order to understand the requirements to protect client money and assets and how to record and interpret receipts into and out of the office and client’s accounts.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• You will apply your in depth knowledge and understanding of solicitors accounts in a practical manner through considering and preparing sets of solicitors accounts and reflecting on these accounts.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• You will be able to act autonomously and be responsible for preparing and considering solicitors accounts and ensuring that you understand the professional obligations involved.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will be achieved through engagement with the practical workshops where oral feedback will be provided by tutors.

Summative assessment will be a 2 hour written exam.

Assessment criteria will be provided to enable you to understand what is expected of you and you will be provided with feedback after the assessment in accordance with the Law School’s Undergraduate feedback policy.




Wills and Administration of Estates

Module abstract

This module will cover the way in which clients’ money must be handled to ensure that you are protecting the client’s money and assets. The module will help you understand the necessity of keeping client and firm money separate and account for the use of clients’ money. It will also cover the interpretation of the accounts. This will be taught through Wills and Administration of Estates and you will benefit from the experiential and simulated learning in that module.

This module is a professional requirement specified by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for exemption from the LPC.

Course info

UCAS Code M100

Credits 0

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time

Department Northumbria Law School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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