Category: ‘By the Books’

Team News – Deborah Tough, Welcome!

January 18, 2016 Posted by Lynne Moffatt

I would like to say a very warm welcome from By the Books to Deborah Tough, in her new role as our Cashroom Services and Support Officer.

Having a variety of skills and experience within the leisure, construction, banking and retail industries, I know Deb will be a valuable addition to the team as we continue to grow.

Anne and I are now busy working away on training and helping Deb to get to know our systems, policies and procedures. – We have made excellent progress in just 2 weeks!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all clients for their continued business and support – THANK YOU!

Lynne Moffatt

Achievement – Lynne Moffatt

November 28, 2014 Posted by Lynne Moffatt

Law Society New Partners Management Course Certificate

New Business Premises!

November 21, 2014 Posted by Lynne Moffatt


We are pleased to announce that from 1st December we are moving to Liberty Business Centre in Kinross.

We are very excited and think that our location is perfectly situated for clients old and new. Pop in for a coffee if you are passing – we would love to see you.

It’s the old jail and courtroom which we feel is rather appropriate!

Our new details are:
Suite F3   21-25 High Street   Kinross   KY13 8AW
t 01577 528825     f 01577 528845

The existing telephone and fax numbers will also continue to run for some time:
t 01383 231132     f 01383 231162

Team News – Anne Morton, Welcome!

September 11, 2014 Posted by Lynne Moffatt

Anne Morton, Scottish Law Accountant - By the Books Accounting Assistance

I am very proud and incredibly excited to announce that I have now been joined by Anne Morton as Associate Manager of By the Books Accounting Assistance.

Anne has many years accounting experience spanning several industries, and is also SOLAS qualified.

Having previously worked with Anne for over 2 years, I know that we work fantastically well together and she will be a great asset to the company.

Anne and I very much look forward to developing even slicker systems and processes to ensure our clients have the information they need, when they need it, in a format they can understand.

Lynne Moffatt


December 1, 2013 Posted by Lynne Moffatt

My prize draw results on Friday, 30 November 2013 are as follows:-

**WINNER** – Drawn first, to win an iPad mini, is:-

Barbara Duckworth, Masson Cairns, Grantown-on-Spey

**RUNNERS UP** – Drawn second and third, to win a £50 M&S voucher, are:-

Isobel Ingram, MacArthur Stewart, Fort William
Sharon Hall, Connons, Stonehaven

I would like to thank ALL for their contributions to my testimonials page, and support – THANK YOU!

One year on!

August 28, 2013 Posted by Lynne Moffatt

Lynne Moffatt, Scottish Law Accountant - By the Books Accounting Assistance**31st August sees the end of my FIRST financial year.**

“It has zoomed by, and I have enjoyed every single moment. A huge THANK YOU to all of my clients, contacts and followers – I very much appreciate your support.”

For the occasion, I announce a prize draw for anyone who will take the time to write me a review.
Click on the links below, or send me an email.

ipad mini black ipad mini white

All reviews, endorsements, recommendations, Likes, +1’s and Twitter Follows will be entered into the draw to win an ipad mini… Black or White – you choose!

2 runners up will each receive, not just any voucher, a £50 M&S voucher.

The draw is on Friday 29 November 2013 – winner will be announced on my blog and all social media channels noted above.


The Law Society of Scotland Accounts Rules Audits/Inspections – Post-Inspection Tips

August 28, 2013 Posted by Lynne Moffatt

Every 2 to 3 years, Scottish legal firms can expect an inspection by The Law Society’s Financial Compliance Team of Inspectors.  The following series of articles will provide tips on how to prepare and deal with these well.

1 Dealing with an inspection
2 Pre-inspection tips
3 Inspection tips
4 Post-inspection tips


So you have received your Executive Summary –follow-up points from your Inspection. What do you do?

Don’t panic!

Your report could be pages and pages long.  This does not mean you’ve received a bad report – it means you may have areas to work on, and procedures to update so don’t panic.

Read carefully

Set aside some time each day for the next few days, and deal with each point according to severity.  You will see that each point is ‘Graded’ to help you:-
‘WEIGHT: 1’ generally means an issue of low scale or frequency.  It should be investigated, and addressed.
‘WEIGHT: 2’ can be an important issue, perhaps due to the nature of the system weakness, the scale of the issue or the frequency of the issue. It should be investigated and addressed promptly.
‘WEIGHT: 3’ is a critical issue. It is an urgent priority, so deal with these first.

Investigate issues

Work with your cashier, legal book-keeper, scottish law accountant or money-laundering reporting officer to find out why the issues have arisen. Amend existing procedures or put new procedures in place to minimise future issues.

Respond ASAP

For some of the points raised, LSS will want to follow these up with you – to satisfy themselves that the issues have been addressed and that you do not become, or remain, a risk to the Guarantee Fund. Plan your responses to each point, and send your reply as soon as is practically possible. You will receive a deadline date, but do it sooner if possible – get it off your plate so you can get back to fee-earning.


An action plan is no use if you do not act on it! Implement your new or amended procedures as soon as you can and record this action in your Law Society file to evidence the measures you have taken to comply.

Ask for help

There is no shame in admitting that you do not understand what is required. Ask LSS to clarify any terminology you are unsure of, and ask them for guidance on points you are struggling with.  They have a huge amount of information on the website –  The Financial Compliance Team can also be contacted on 0131 476 8177.


Our Scottish Law Accountants will be delighted to speak with you if you are concerned about an upcoming inspection or one that has taken place recently – call us for a friendly, impartial chat.