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Law Costs Draftsperson

Employer
Cost Law Services
Location
City of London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leicester, Luton, Chatham Kent,
Salary
£Competitive
Closing date
21 May 2022

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Practice area
Costs
Contract type
Permanent
Hours
Full time, Flexible
PQE
2 years, 3 years, 4 years
Position
Legal finance & costs, Solicitor
Sector
In-house
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LAW COSTS DRAFTSPERSON / COSTS LAWYER WITH LEGAL AID AND INTER-PARTES EXPERIENCE

Costs Law Services Background Cost Law Services Limited - www.costlaw.com, have grown exponentially nationwide to from a team of over 40 Costs Professionals with immense experience in all aspects of costs law. Cost Law Services, represent various clients and one of whom is a leading legal aid practice on all their billing. 

Their broad spectrum of billing across multiple areas of law is based on a sound knowledge of the costs system and the ability to manage client expectations to ensure their cash flow is maintained.

Their work involves preparing bills and costs budgets in Court of Protection, Children Law, Clinical Negligence, Commercial Litigation, Family, Housing & Litigation, Immigration, Judicial Review, and Personal Injury matters.

The company provides a supportive team environment and real prospects for success and promotion.

The Company will consider applicants wishing to work flexibly such as flexible working hours.

 Office based with some remote working Whilst the post is office based, there is availability for remote working.

The Role

The ideal candidate will have strong technical knowledge and experience in bill drafting. The Candidate will have an in depth Knowledge of the Legal Aid Costs and assessment rules; will have experience with The Legal aid agency (LAA) software CCMS, and all Legal Aid claims as well as Interpartes (IP) work.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Report directly to Supervisor/Manager/ Director;
  • Professional pro-active approach, strong client care skills and a proactive understanding of clients’ needs;
  • Drafting LAA and Inter partes bills;
  • Preparing assessment bundles;
  • Drafting POD’s/ Replies;
  • Conducting Negotiations;
  • To complete post assessment work;
  • To complete Legal Aid Claims (Claim 1’s/Claim 1a’s/ Claim 2’s);
  • To liaise and advise junior fee earners and support staff in relation to the variety of legal costs matters;
  • Drafting Cost Budgets and relevant Precedents;
  • Drafting, High Cost Case Plans; (Desirable)
  • Corresponding with third parties – experts, counsel etc..;
  • Uploading applications to the Legal Aid Agency;
  • Maintaining accurate time recording;
  • Implementing any recommendations made by your supervisor following monthly reviews ensuring that these are dealt with promptly;
  • Ensuring compliance with bill/case management system.

Key Skills Required

  • Demonstrate passion and experience inCosts Law;
  • A strong academic background i.e with a Law degree;
  • Legal experience as a Costs Draftsperson & or a Costs Lawyer;
  • Clear understanding and application of the civil procedure rules relating to costs;
  • Minimum of 2 - 4 years’ experience in drafting legal aid and Inter partes bills;
  • Costs Negotiations Experience;
  • Advocacy (desirable);
  • Business acumen and the ability to market the Company;
  • Excellent communications skills to work effectively with team members and third parties;
  • Excellent analytical and organisational skills and ability to use own initiative but know when to seek guidance;
  • Committed team player, self-motivated and professional;
  • Excellent IT Skills -familiar with Microsoft Office applications Costs Master and document management skills ;
  • Social media skill (desirable).

This list is not exhaustive and there may be other duties as reasonably required.

Rewards 

  • 20 days annual leave
  • Additional holiday accrual*
  • Up to 4 days paid sick leave*
  • Practicing Certificate renewed annually ( if applicable);
  • ACL Panel Membership and Accreditation/re Accreditation/ Reaccreditation fee paid for*
  • Panel courses mandatory for Accreditation paid for*
  • Access to vast range of training webinars / E-Library;
  • Automatic enrolment onto the Company’s pension scheme;
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Eye test vouchers
  • Excellent progression opportunities
  • Supportive team environment.
  • Flexible working arrangements/ considered
  • Support for appropriate legal awards/recognition

 *terms and conditions apply

Cost Law Services Limited is committed to Equal Opportunities and embraces diversity and inclusivity of its staff and strives to ensure that their workforce reflects the diversity of the communities they serve.

If you are interested in applying for this vacancy, please submit your CV and Covering letter to Olly Sufi; Olly.Sufi@costlaw.com.

NOTE:   APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED BY AGENCIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR THE ABOVE VACANCY.

 

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