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Senior Costs Draftsperson

Pogust Goodhead
London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

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Practice area
Contract type
Full time
Not applicable
Legal finance & costs
Private practice

Job Details

The firm are in an exciting period of expansion and currently have many litigations underway, relating to matters across the globe. Currently litigations are being pursued in England & Wales and in Europe.

We are looking to expand our internal costs department in order to meet the demand of providing case budgets, costs estimates, and ultimately costs claims.


Role responsibilities and core competencies

  • To prepare case budgets, costs estimates, Precedent H costs budgets and costs claims
  • Clear understanding and application of the civil procedure rules relating to costs
  • To assist the department in a wide variety of costs related matters, including taking ownership of costs matters relating to specific litigations
  • Undertaking other duties reasonably required partners or senior management

What you’ll bring to Pogust Goodhead


  • Costs draftsperson / Lawyer with good day-to-day experience of drafting bills and costs budgets/estimates. Including an understanding of phasing in costs budgets.
  • Experience of assisting more junior costs personnel on a day-to-day basis.
  • Understanding of the mechanics of presenting a costs claim.
  • IT literate with a good working knowledge of Excel and Word. Previous knowledge or experience of a case management system is essential.
  • Being able to communicate clearly and concisely both verbally and in written form.
  • Clear understanding and application of the civil procedure rules, not just relating to costs.
  • Numerate with an attention to detail.
  • Able to work to deadlines and an ability to work in a collaborative fashion within a team framework
  • Understanding of the mechanics of presenting a costs claim, particularly in relation to matters conducted by a legal team.
  • Experience of instructing counsel and liaising with clerks
  • Commercial outlook
  • Knowledge of group litigation costs
  • Understanding of the level of work required to prepare a case from pre-action to case end at trial
  • Understanding of presentation of case reports in relation to litigation funding
  • An understanding of the law in relation to security for costs


  • Experience of working in a structured approach with other Steering Committee firms
  • Ability to advise legal teams (including counsel) on ad hoc group litigation queries that relate to costs
  • Knowledge of assisting in the building of a firmwide training programme relating to group litigation costs
  • Ability to provide high level advice in relation to costs by litigation
  • Understanding of international costs rules, in relation to European jurisdictions
  • An understanding of the tribunal costs rules, in particular the Competition Appeal Tribunal

This job description is not an exhaustive or definitive list and is subject to change based on the needs of the business and appropriate experience.



Pogust Goodhead employee commitment

At Pogust Goodhead we believe in championing personal growth and achievements, but first and foremost, we are also a team, and a team is strongest when everyone feels that they are supported and valued as individuals.

We know that our team are the heart of Pogust Goodhead and that is why we make the following commitment to all our people:


  • To be a meritocracy with a fair and transparent pay review process
  • To offer opportunities for internal promotion
  • To provide everyone with a fair and structured performance review process
  • To provide a learning environment that supports its employees in becoming experts in their roles
  • To give all Pogust Goodhead’s people opportunities to influence and improve how we work
  • Our commitment to building an inclusive workplace

Pogust Goodhead is an equal opportunities employer who believes passionately that our team should represent the diversity of the clients that we support. We are committed to providing a place of work that provides fair and equal career growth and learning opportunities to all its employees. We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind within our company and we celebrate creating a culture offering opportunity for all, regardless of race, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, socio economic background, disability, or religious beliefs.





Pogust Goodhead is a rapidly expanding global law firm that is passionate about getting access to justice for the victims of wrongdoing by large corporations.

We specialise in large scale group litigation against organisations that mistreat, mislead, or injure people.

Our mission is to become one of the world's leading claimant law firms, fighting cases and causes that have the power to improve the lives of tens of millions of people. 

We have offices in the UK, US, Netherlands and Brazil. See our website for more information.

Founded in 2018, we represent a diverse range of clients against multinationals and institutions around the world. The firm has already secured several landmark rulings to its name and has struck the largest ever litigation funding deal for a UK claimant law firm.

Pogust Goodhead is a leader in environmental litigation, achieving a string of successes in 2022. They achieved a landmark, unanimous judgment from the Court of Appeal that allows over 200,000 victims of the Mariana Dam disaster, Brazil’s worst ever environmental disaster, to seek redress against BHP, the world’s largest mining company, in the Courts of England and Wales. The judgement was secured following a four-year fight in the courts for justice over a disaster that killed 19 people and sent toxic waste over 700km down the Doce River, destroying everything in its path.

Pogust Goodhead is at the cutting edge of international consumer claims, representing hundreds of thousands of clients throughout the UK and the world. We have secured historic settlements in the Volkswagen NOx Emissions Group Litigation in May 2022 and the British Airways Data Breach in 2021.

There is no other law firm in the world doing as much ground-breaking work as Pogust Goodhead.

We will be relentless in holding the world's largest companies and organisations accountable for their actions.

We have only just begun.


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