Costs Draftsman

Realm Recruit
£20,000.00 - £30,000.00 Per Year
20 Jul 2017
19 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Description

Costs Draftsman – Manchester
PQE / Experience: Costs Draftsman, Costs Negotiator, Legal Executive, Paralegal, Fee Earner
Commutable from: Manchester, Stockport, Warrington, Cheshire, Lancashire
Salary: Circa £20,000-£30,000 (dependent upon experience) + excellent benefits including contrib. pension, 25 days holiday, health cash plan etc.

The company
This national firm has a longstanding commitment to personal legal services and is a market leader in a number of private client facing practice areas. They pride themselves on having fostered a fantastic working environment in all of their UK offices. A top Legal 500 recognised Personal Injury team in the Yorkshire market.

The opportunity
The recovery of costs is dealt with by a large team of people who will turn over recovery of approximately £100 million of the firm’s fees per annum and the preparation of around 2000 bills for detailed assessment per year. Bills will individually generally be above £10,000 and some large bills will exceed £1 million. Of these approximately 200 are likely to go through to a contested hearing where advocacy will be required before a District, Costs or High Court Judge.

You will deal with solicitors’ files across a range of disciplines and prepare costs claims for submission to opposing solicitors or the courts. You may be required to undertake negotiations and possibly have some involvement with advocacy.

You may be required to undertake additional training and encouraged to study for professional Law Costs qualifications.

The particulars
Ideal candidate criteria:

Our client is open to considering candidates with a minimum of one year costs experience, or candidates with several years experience, or equally candidates who are nearly ACL qualified.
The role involves the use of IT systems and therefore computer literacy is essential. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programmes would be advantageous.
You should be committed, hardworking and enjoy operating in a pressurised and highly motivated team environment.
You will be able to demonstrate the ability to work on your own initiative with the minimum of supervision.
You will have a flexible approach making you able to respond to rapid changes in working schedules and priorities. For this you will need to be organised and able to communicate clearly with people at all levels.
Ideally you will be educated to degree standard.

The next step:
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