About Us

Ascentant was founded in 2016 by Kevin Drew, a seasoned Legal Cashier with many years experience of working with Legal Practices in London. We now work across the East Midlands from our Derby office, covering Nottingham, Birmingham, Manchester and London.

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.

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, contact us.

Ascentant are also able to recommend a Practice Manage System for new firms or those looking to migrate to a new system.

MEET THE TEAM

Kevin Drew

Kevin Drew

Managing Director
Kevin is the Managing Director of Ascentant and has many 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 a niche Legal Consultancy. 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.
Reece Dean

Reece Dean

Legal Cashier
Reece Dean who has joined the team to support the Legal Cashiering function. Reece assists Managing Director, Kevin Drew in providing Legal Cashiering support to our legal clients. Reece is a member of the Institute of Legal Finance and Management and Association of Accounting Technicians.
Madeline Earnshaw

Madeline Earnshaw

Legal Cashier Assistant
Madeline Earnshaw who has joined the team to support the Legal Cashiering function. Madeline assists Reece Dean in providing Legal Cashiering support to our legal clients. Madeline is a member of the Institute of Legal Finance and Management and Association of Accounting Technicians
Ascentant Accountants

Marie Drewry

Managing Accountant
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.
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Sarah Shepherd

HR Consultant
Sarah provides assistance with staff handbooks, employee contracts, legislation, policies and procures, employee retention and training and development in addition to absence management, grievances and disciplinary procedures.

Business Continuity

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.
Business Continuity
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.

Insurances

We have Professional Indemnity Insurance, Business Interruption and Office Insurance in addition to Keyman/Key Person Insurance for key members of staff.
Capital/Funding
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.

Future Plans

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.