Senior Costs Lawyer/Law Cost Draftsman

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Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
salary dependent on experience
08 May 2018
05 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Costs Lawyer/Law Cost Draftsman

Salary dependent on experience

PermanentFull time

Location: Huddersfield

Ridley & Hall are an award-winning firm of solicitors, based in Yorkshire, with a national profile; Passionate about making a difference to peoples’ lives by being innovative and forward thinking. Caring about helping their clients to solve their legal problems. Avoiding complicated legal jargon and clear about the cost involved of any advice that is given.

We are looking to recruit a Senior Costs Lawyer/Law Cost Draftsman with a minimum of 3 years’ experience dealing with all aspects of legal costs billing from Legal Aid to private civil matters, including drafting CCMS claims, detailed assessment bills, High Costs Case Plans, points of dispute, and budgets and where necessary negotiating with other parties and attending upon costs assessments hearings. The candidate must also be highly proficient in the use of CostsMaster.

This is a permanent contract and provides competitive salary for the right candidate based upon AAE. We are also prepared to offer a flexible working environment with a supportive and highly trained team.

The role will include drafting Legal Aid bills for assessment & High Cost case plans, inter partes bills and private client bills. You will be anticipated to draft bills, negotiate, perform costs budgets and be able to demonstrate points of dispute and points of reply. 

Prior knowledge in drafting bills in some of the following areas of practice will be helpful: Family/Children, Court of Protection, Personal Injury, and Litigation. 

Applications are invited from an ambitious Costs Lawyer/Law Costs Draftsman who will need to have a good standard of education and a professional qualification would be preferred. The successful candidate will have strong technical knowledge and experience in the full life cycle of costs. Experience in advocacy will be an advantage.

Main responsibilities

You will be required to work as part of a team handling costs for the Family/Care, Community Care, and Litigation Teams. You will undertake work for two offices within the firm and be involved in a range of issues including:

  • drafting bills of costs for detailed assessment in both legally aided and privately funded matters
  • Preparing High Costs Case Plans
  • Dealing with claims through CCMS
  • drafting Replies to Points of Dispute
  • drafting Costs Budgets and liaising with the opponent with a view to narrowing the issues or agreeing ahead of a CCMC
  • undertaking negotiations with the opponent

Skills and qualifications

You will work as part of a team and be able to work on your own initiative, whilst also supporting your team colleagues. The ability to organise your day and to prioritise work is essential whilst remaining calm and professional in your approach.

Essential Experience:

  • Costs Lawyer or Costs Draftsperson with at least 3 years’ experience
  • experience of managing a case load of files
  • good working knowledge of the CPR

Desirable Experience:

  • experience of using CostsMaster
  • experience of working to billing and time recording targets
  • experience of building relationships with internal contacts at all levels

Additional Skills and requirements for the role are:

  • IT literate with experience of using Word, Excel and the internet
  • Confident communicator and negotiator
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritise, be organised and efficient
  • Flexibility with the capability to adapt to change, new practices and cope under pressure but with the ability to recognise when to seek assistance
  • Able to integrate within a team and able to work on your own initiative
  • Friendly and helpful approach
  • Quality and customer service orientated
  • Client focused with an ability to build strong relationships with clients

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. These checks will include references, proof of ID and current address.

Closing Date 1st June 2018