Trainee Law Costs Drafter (GR62/BRS/HXD/8)

Lyons Davidson Solicitors
10 May 2017
09 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Lyons Davidson is a national law practice of around 1,000 employees operating from offices in Bristol, Solihull, Leeds, Surrey, Plymouth, Cardiff and London, and our associated practice in Edinburgh, Lyons Davidson Scotland LLP. We also have employees based in onsite client office in Whitstable.

We are a full service legal Company committed to delivering high-quality professional services in a cost-effect and approachable manner to institutions, businesses and individuals.


We are looking for an individual to join our specialist in-house legal costs division in Bristol as a Trainee Law Costs Drafter.

The costs division deals with all aspects of costs disputes including; preparation of bills of costs, schedules of costs, negotiating settlements, and dealing with points of dispute amongst others aspects. The role of Trainee Law Costs Drafter is to support the department with drafting, negotiating and resolving costs disputes. .

This entry level role would suit an individual with ambitions to commence their career in the legal world, ideally in the area of Costs Litigation.


Responsibilities include drafting bills of costs, estimates, client insurer statements, Costs Budgets and dealing with negotiations. Other duties may include dealing with adverse costs and audits. The successful candidate will manage their own case load of costing files dealing with the case from inception through to settlement and or litigation/assessment.

Skills/Competencies required:

The successful candidate will be someone looking to succeed and build a legal career in costs. It may assist, but it is certainly not essential that you are a graduate and have legal qualifications and/or relevant legal experience. Dedicated 'costs’ training will be provided however strong numerical skills are required, with a 'Grade C’ in Maths GCSE (or equivalent) as minimum. Excellent communication and negotiation skills are necessary as is a common sense approach to legal work. Accuracy, an eye for detail and a demonstrable interest in developing a career in the arena of 'legal costs’ are essential.

Why Join us?

With Investors in People accreditation since 1998, we positively encourage our employees to progress and develop within the Company. We recognise that our continued growth and success is the direct result of our employee’s contributions and we want to help you exceed the needs of relevant CPD requirements, regardless of the role.

Our wide range of benefits, include a generous holiday entitlement, flexible benefits (including pension, childcare vouchers, bikes for work and health screening), bonus scheme and development opportunities. We have active social committees and support various charities/fundraising events across the UK.

Lyons Davidson prides itself on being an equal opportunities employer and is committed to, and realises the benefits of, having a diverse workforce.

Please note that any offer of employment is subject to a satisfactory credit check and Basic criminal record check. This information will only be used to assess suitability for employment insofar as it is relevant.

Based on response the role may be closed earlier than indicated.