Costs Draftsman
Duncan Lewis Solicitors
Manchester, GB
6d ago

Job Description :

You will be joining an established team of 30 Costs Lawyers / Draftsmen with offices nationwide to assist and support billing process and recovery to the legal profession.

  • Report directly to Manager
  • Drafting / preparing bills of costs / N260’s; costs budgets; and points of reply / dispute
  • Drafting of estimates of costs to accompany Allocation Questionnaires and Pre-Trial Checklists.
  • Negotiations of Bills including attendance at CCMC’s
  • Overseeing the Issuing of the Notice of Commencement and associated documents
  • Working to deadlines
  • Attendance upon Detailed Assessment Hearing as and when necessary
  • Providing technical / costs guidance to fee earners where required
  • Assist junior members of the team to complete post assessment work, with training and ad hoc queries
  • Maintaining accurate time costing procedures
  • Implementing any recommendations made by your supervisor following monthly meetings ensuring that these are dealt with promptly
  • Ensuring compliance with file management
  • Internal training and reviewing the ongoing costs management process.
  • Key Skills Required :

  • 2+ years’ experience in costs / as costs draftsman
  • Worked in a litigation environment and have some
  • relevant legal experience gained within a Costs team

  • Experience of handling your own costs caseload from start to finish
  • Costs negotiation skills and experience
  • Up to date knowledge of LAA Costs Assessment Guidance, CPR and legislation
  • IT literate including knowledge of using costs drafting software e.g. Costsmaster
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Committed team player and adapt well to new challenges
  • Previous proven supervisory experience an advantage but not requirement
  • Professional with a pro-active approach; excellent client care skills and ability to deal with other professionals and court services
  • Excellent networking and communication skills with the ability to successfully market the Company and generate new business
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to use own initiative and sound judgment
  • Experience in own advocacy is an advantage
  • Excellent IT Skills -familiar with Microsoft Office applications and document management skills
  • Rewards are :

  • 20 days annual leave
  • Additional holiday accrual*
  • Access to vast range of training webinars / E-Library
  • Automatic enrolment onto the Company’s pension scheme
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Eye test vouchers
  • DBS Check costs paid for
  • Excellent progression opportunities
  • Supportive team environment.
  • Part time working
  • Flexible working arrangements / considered
  • Support for appropriate legal awards / recognition
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