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.


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

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.

Toma Valciukaite

Digital Marketing Assistant
Toma has joined the team to assist with Digital Marketing, she is in charge of website development, social media, online and offline marketing and networking events.
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.
Ascentant HR

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.
Ascentant accountants

Marie O Reilly

Marie O Reilly heads up the bookkeeping function at Ascentant, being an IAB qualified bookkeeper. Additionally Marie supports clients with VAT returns, payroll and credit control.