• Name: Marcus Cashinella
  • Job Title: Trainee Accountant
  • Location: London
  • University: Portsmouth
  • Degree: Business Economics
  • Type of Qualification: ACA
  • Areas of Specialism: Audit and Assurance
Lubbock Fine

Why did I choose Lubbock Fine?

I was attracted to the trainee scheme at Lubbock Fine as being a medium-sized firm with a small intake, they offer the ability to truly get to know you, mentor you and push you to reach your full potential. The role provides plenty of exposure to different types of work, and as such has been invaluable in complementing the spectrum of learning material in my ACA studies. The excellent progression opportunities are exhibited through the Path to Partner programme, and it is a testament to the firm that many trainees have chosen to stay at Lubbock Fine and continue to progress upwards through the ranks to leadership roles.

What was the application process like?

The process began with an application form, which required some personal information as well as a brief response as to why I wanted to be an accountant. Following this, I was invited to attend an assessment day consisting of three tests: critical verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, and a written case study. After passing all three tests, a telephone interview was arranged to discuss my interest in the role at Lubbock Fine. The last stage of the process was an interview day, and upon arriving at the office was made at ease by the friendliness of the staff who welcomed me. The day provided the opportunity to meet with other trainees currently on the scheme and ask any questions that I had.

What experience have I gained here?

During my time so far at Lubbock Fine, I have worked on a number of statutory audits from varying industries, as well as FCA/Solicitor compliance audits. The broad client base Lubbock Fine has to offer really allows for a mixture of jobs, the audit teams are also constantly rotated meaning that I have worked with almost everyone in the department already!

What type of training have I had?

Prior to joining Lubbock Fine, I didn’t have a background in accountancy, however with the tuition from BPP University and support from my colleagues, I have learnt a great amount in such a short space of time. Internal training consists of on-the-job training as well as planned training sessions named ‘Audit clubs’ where senior colleagues can speak upon specific areas of an audit file and are able to answer any questions. I am also assigned a mentor, who I meet with monthly to discuss my progress throughout my training contract.

How do you rate the work/life balance?

The work-life balance is great. The firm really does recognise personal contribution and that was important to me when looking at different firms. With the Smart Working policy at Lubbock Fine, you can benefit from flexible hours and a choice of work location which is helpful, especially on the days where you might have out of work commitments in the evening. Lubbock Fine also offers great social events, and as a member of the social committee, I take suggestions from everyone in the department to ensure the activities planned are fun and inclusive of all.

Is there anything specifically about LF that stands out to you?

For me, the ability to approach anyone from fellow graduates up to the partners with questions on technical or practical aspects really stands out to me, and has been a key supporting factor in my development at LF so far.

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