meet our people

All our consultants worked at the SRA for many years. Coupled with experience of working in private practice (seven of our team as qualified solicitors), we are ideally placed to support busy practitioners with practical advice and design and implement compliance and risk management systems fit for the real world.

Andrew Becconsall

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.

What our clients say

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

We have been working with Legal Compliance Services since 2012, and when Andrew offered to help us with the recruitment of a trainee solicitor, we didn’t hesitate to get him involved. Andrew knows and understands our firm and we trusted him completely to help us find the right person to complement our team. He prepared and arranged the advertising for us and reviewed around eighty applications. He liaised with the candidates and conducted two days of first-round interviews at our offices. He then supplied us with a shortlist of seven candidates including their applications and first-round interview questions and scoring sheets. We were so impressed with the quality of the candidates that we decided to offer training contracts to two of them.

Mike Ingamells
Partner, Grove Tompkins Bosworth

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.

Suzanne Lee
Partner, mfg Solicitors LLP

Andrew has 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