Andrew Becconsall qualified as a solicitor in 1992 with city firm Penningtons. In over ten years working for the regulator, Andrew developed a deep understanding of all aspects of compliance and regulation including the SRA Accounts Rules. He has vast practical experience with SRA investigations, mergers and practice management.
Andrew became Investigation Manager with the SRA’s Forensic Investigation Unit and gained extensive practical experience of solicitors’ accounts. He undertook his own high profile, complex investigations involving accounts rules breaches, terrorist financing, money laundering, mortgage fraud and staff dishonesty.
He went on to lead the SRA’s Assigned Risk Pool team and has a detailed knowledge of insurance issues facing law firms.
Andrew assists firms with:
- Compliance with SRA rules and regulations
- Pre-inspection auditing of accounts and systems
- Assessment of risks for lenders and insurers
- Due diligence in relation to merging or becoming a partner
- Forced or voluntary closures of practices
Andrew is a member of the Law Society and the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers. He likes holidaying in France and is working hard to improve his French.
We had a most successful Anti-Money Laundering Seminar yesterday, thanks to Andrew’s excellent presentation, which resonated very powerfully with the attendees. Partners and MLROs commented that they found Andrew to be a very engaging presenter, great to listen to and take advice from and appreciated the information and practical guidance.
Calum McLean, Senior Risk Manager, QBE European Operations
Andrew’s understanding of accounts systems and controls is second to none. He worked closely with our accounts department who have really appreciated his training, ongoing support and the systems he has put in place for them.
Andrew has also done some extremely useful due diligence work for us when we acquired a local firm. He attended their premises and examined all relevant areas, checked accounts, ledgers and balances, looked in detail at the firm’s financial viability and highlighted any areas of concern.
Suzanne Lee, Partner, mfg Solicitors LLP