Introduction to Financial Analysis and KPIs – Finance Refresher 2

Introduction to Financial Analysis and KPIs – Finance Refresher 2

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At your office –
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E-learning

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Improve your commercial awareness and impress your clients - whether you love the numbers or not. A practical introduction to key financial performance indicators.

Made for lawyers, financial training that introduces financial analysis, explains the most common KPIs and tells you how they are worked out.
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Course Content

Financial analysis and interpretation can be a difficult skill for lawyers to master. Whilst law firms have a tendency to market their lawyers as being ‘commercially aware’, not all firms actually deliver on that claim.

You can gain a tangible competitive advantage if you can demonstrate to clients that you really understand their finances, performance indicators and what makes their business a success.

The full course is delivered over three 90-minute modules. You will learn to deal with financial information with more confidence.

Addressing unfamiliar information in simple terms is the key to the success of this course.

This module complements the content covered in Finance Refresher 1 – Introduction to Company Accounts and Finance Refresher 3 – Introduction to Accounts Interpretation

FR1 covers the basic components of a set of company accounts.

FR2 introduces analysis and the key accounting performance indicators.

FR3 includes a case study that gives you the chance to put new skills into practice.

Content

Introduction to Financial Analysis and KPIs FR2 (90 mins)

  • Going bust
    • Why do businesses fail?
    • How do you assess financial stability?
  • Analysis and interpretation – performance indicators explained
    • Profitability and efficiency
    • Gearing
    • Liquidity and solvency
    • Investor ratios
  • Case study – putting theory into practice
    • Provided with key performance indicators (KPIs) for 5 companies
    • Sector specifics – which is which?
    • Benchmarking and making comparisons
    • Analysis and interpretation of KPIs

Outcomes

As a result of attending the sessions you will:

  • Improve your ability to read and understand published accounting information
  • Know how to calculate the most common key performance indicators
  • Understand why the KPIs are important and what they tell you  
  • Appreciate the importance of developing your commercial awareness
  • Be encouraged to improve your knowledge of the economy, your clients’ businesses and financial reporting in a legal context

Format

Live online – an interactive session using quizzes, polls and breakout rooms

This session is not a pre-recorded webinar

Timing

90 minutes

Delegates

Fee earners who want to improve their financial awareness

Maximum 16

Introduction to Financial Analysis and KPIs FR2 - Live Online

90 minutes

Fee earners

Face-to-Face

Covering the same content as the ‘live online’ course this session can be delivered as 90-minute modules or as a half-day course

Format

Delivered face-to-face onsite at your offices

Delegates

Fee earners who want to improve their financial awareness Maximum 16

Introduction to Financial Analysis and KPIs FR2 - Face-to-Face

90 minutes - 3 hours

Fee earners

E-learning

Financial analysis and interpretation can be a difficult skill for lawyers to master. Whilst law firms have a tendency to market their lawyers as being ‘commercially aware’, few firms actually deliver on that claim.

You can gain a tangible competitive advantage if you can demonstrate to clients that you really understand their finances, performance indicators and what makes their business a success.

This e-learning course is designed to give lawyers a basic introduction to financial analysis and interpretation. It covers the most common key performance indicators (KPI), how to calculate them and what they mean.

If you need a refresher of the basics of financial reporting click here:

Finance for Lawyers 1

Content

Our financial analysis and interpretation for Lawyers course provides an overview to the accounting concepts and terminology used by CFO’s, accountants and auditors when preparing financial statements.

The course covers:

  • The main categories of Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
    • Profitability
    • Liquidity
    • Solvency
    • Investor
  • Jargon busting explanations of the most common KPIs
    • The difference between gross profit %, operating profit % and net profit %
    • What are PBIT and EBIT?
    • What is gearing and why is it important?
  • Worked examples showing how to calculate each of the KPIs

Our KPI module is also useful as a quick reference tool, as you can search particular KPIs alphabetically or by category.

Outcomes

You will:

  • begin to overcome any fears you have of a company’s accounts
  • understand the most common KPIs and know how they are worked out
  • know what the most common KPIs tell you
  • develop your ability to analyse and interpret accounts at a basic level

Delegates

Trainees and fee earners who ‘know they should know this stuff’ but find it hard to get to grips with the numbers.  This course is the ideal starting point if they want to improve their commercial awareness.

Finance for Lawyers - An Introduction to Financial Analysis & Interpretation - E-learning Course

1 hour

Fee earners

£30 + VAT

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Tutors

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Doug Robinson
Rachael Davis-Stollar
Rachael Davis-Stollar
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Tanya Gass

Testimonials

"The final section is excellent for a novice like myself. It demystifies the jargon as well as providing a very useful summary of how to calculate the various ratios as well as what they tell you about a company. The earlier sections build up to it but can be worked through pretty quickly."
Matthew
September 2018
"A well explained introduction to company accounts - thank you ”
CMS
"This course really helped me understand Company Accounts. In the past, I wouldn't have felt confident that my interpretation of accounts was correct. ”
CMS
"Very good online delivery – I found it engaging even though it was via Zoom and for quite a long length of time. I think it's difficult to be engaging for long periods of time via VC, but I found Doug very engaging and enthusiastic. ”
Fieldfisher
September 2020
"The quiz was fun and kept attendees engaged as everyone got a chance to attempt the questions. ”
Fieldfisher
September 2020
"Doug was a great trainer and the pace/level of detail was perfect. Thank you!”
Fieldfisher
September 2020

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