Legal Sector


Our specialist team advises law firms of all sizes by providing fully compliant, quality reports on time, every year - giving total peace of mind to legal practitioners.

The team, headed by Ian Smith, previously Chairman of the Solicitors Special Interest Group at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, has over 30 years of experience of handling the affairs of law firms.  By providing a consistently high quality service, we have developed trusted relationships with all our legal clients whilst our close connections with the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority (SRA) ensure all reports submitted to them are compliant and on time.

With the added pressures of Outcomes Focused Regulation (OFR), which includes the need for Compliance Officers for Finance and Administration (COFAs) to ensure compliance with the SAR Accounts Rules, our team helps law firm clients spend less of their time worrying about compliance and more time on earning fees.

We provide a range of specialist services which complement the annual compliance work and can

  • assist COFAs in monitoring compliance
  • train staff on OFR
  • provide strategic business and tax advice
  • assist in acquisitions and mergers
  • provide benchmarking data to let you see how you compare to other firms


Ryecroft Glenton has over 40 years’ experience of advising barristers. We have a dedicated team acting for barristers at all stages of their careers from those starting out in pupillage to QCs and judges including a late Lord Chief Justice of England.

We appreciate that the extreme demands on your time can sometimes result in financial administration taking a back seat. We also understand the need for an accounting partner who can proactively manage all aspects of your annual accounts and tax return.

We do more than simply help you with your compliance obligations; we can provide advice on any aspect of your financial affairs from pension and wealth planning through to inheritance tax exposure and mitigation.

Our Specialists

Ian Smith
Paul Charlton
Joanne Scott

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Ryecroft Glenton, founded 1901, is an independent, award-winning firm of Chartered Accountants and strategic business advisers giving personalised support to every one of our clients.

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Contact Info

Address: 32 Portland Terrace Newcastle upon Tyne. NE2 1QP

Telephone: 0191 281 1292

Fax: 0191 212 0075