Ascentant was founded in late 2015 by Kevin Drew, a seasoned Legal Cashier with over 13 years experience of working with Legal Practices.
Having progressed to Cashier Management roles, Kevin assisted with the set up of several high profile US Law Firms in the UK, advising on everything from compliance with Solicitors Accounts Rules and Anti Money Laundering to VAT, Payroll and Partner Taxation.
It was while working with some of the smaller UK start ups that the need became apparent for flexible, on demand, part time Legal Cashiering rather than recruiting a full time, in house Legal Cashier. In addition to this, smaller practices pushed on space and resources, were exploring “offsite” possibilities. From this, Kevin explored, developed and launched Ascentant, providing Outsourced Legal Cashiering in addition to general Bookkeeping and Accountancy support.
Kevin Drew ILFM (Dip)
Legal Cashiering | Payroll | VAT | Bookkeeping
Kevin is the Managing Director of Ascentant and has over thirteen years’ experience of working within the Cashiering or Finance Departments of Law Firms such as DLA Piper, HFW, WFW, Goodwin Procter and Edwards Wildman prior to joining Legal Consultancy, Kindleworth.
Kevin is ILFM qualified and advises Legal Practices on compliance with the Solicitors Accounts Rules, VAT and Regulatory issues. Kevin provides training to COFA’s and supervises the Legal Cashiering function.
Marie Drewry BSc (Hons), MBA, ACCA, ACMA
Management Accounting | Accounting | Tax
Marie is the Managing Accountant at Ascentant and having previously run her own successful Accountancy Practice, advises Ascentant clients on tax and accounting issues in addition to providing Legal Practices with monthly management accounts.
Marie works with the Legal Cashiers to ensure month end is closed and month end reporting is undertaken to include management accounts and bespoke reporting to clients. Marie works with COFA’s to identify potential areas of concern and address them, managing breach reporting and holding management meetings with COFAs and COLPs.
What systems can you use?
Ascentant Cashiers are experienced in using a range of systems, including, but not limited to:
Aderant, Eclipse, Lexis, Nexis, Tikit, P4W, Advanced Legal, Elite, Linetime, Timeslice, Civica, Insight, Quill, Clio,
Klyant, Select Legal, DPS, LEAP, SOS Legal.
To see if we can work with a system not listed,
Ascentant are also able to recommend a Practice Manage System for new firms or those looking to migrate to a new system.
Deciding to Outsource an integral part of your business is a big thing. You may ask why you should trust Ascentant to deliver your Outsourced Legal Cashiering? And what the future holds for Ascentant?
We have a wealth of business knowledge between us and with that knowledge, have provisions for if things go wrong.
We have a full business continuity plan to direct us if things go wrong. Should there be an incident keeping us from our premises, a key member of staff being unavailable or system failure – We have backup premises, available staff and we work very securely in the Cloud – Minimising any disruption to service.
We have Professional Indemnity Insurance, Business Interruption and Office Insurance in addition to Keyman/Key Person Insurance for key members of staff.
Ascentant has access to private funds as and when required to fund shortfalls, expansion or other events under which it may need access to capital.
Ascentant intend to remain privately owned and to grow organically with client demand, providing comprehensive and reliable business support.
We want to become known for the specialism, knowledge and service that we are able to provide, nurturing client relationships and growing with them.
We aim to develop a client portal in the future along with electronic slips and forms to streamline the workflow process.