In House Costs Draftsman
£26,141 negotiable (dependent on experience) pa plus excellent benefits
Closing date: 21 January 2018 (at 11.30 pm)
We’re looking for a numerate individual with experience of working in a legal costs role to join us as In House Costs Draftsman and carry out accurate and efficient billing for our busy Legal Services team.
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
Shelter’s Manchester Legal Aid Authority (LAA) team delivers a legal help and legal aid contract and manages the Manchester and Tameside housing county court duty schemes. They also provide complex advice, advocacy and representation to some of the most vulnerable families in Manchester and across the Greater Manchester region. It’s here that we need your help.
About the role
Providing vital support to the existing costs team, you’ll have the assistance of two junior costs clerks, a cost clerk and a legal support administrator. One of your many and varied responsibilities will be the need to draft accurate bills for submission to the LAA and to opponents at the end of cases. We'll also rely on you to maintain a caseload of ‘inter partes’ and court assessed bills. Assisting the National Legal Costs Manager with projects and the implementation of billing processes when required, will be important too, as will helping the junior members of the team with queries and guidance. Put simply, you’ll do all you can to ensure the effective running of our Legal Services and the Costs Team.
As well as a legal costs background, you’ll need excellent attention to detail and good knowledge of Legal Aid, while any housing experience would definitely be a plus. You’ll also need to be proficient using case management systems, Microsoft Office applications, internet and email etc. and have the ability to quickly grasp new IT systems. Proactive, results-driven and collaborative in your approach, you're great at building and maintaining good working relationships too. What’s more, you're willing to suggest and adapt to new ideas and change and respectful of other people’s opinions.
Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave, the possibility of flexible working, enhanced family friendly policies and significant opportunities for learning and development.
For further information about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website.
Shelter is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of clients, in particular children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff, workers and volunteers to share this commitment.
At Shelter, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.
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