Costs Drafter

Reference Code:

ACSTCD

Location:

Leigh with a move to Wigan

Main purpose of the job:

To provide an expert costs service to our clients.

Responsible to:

Team leader

Main key result areas

  • Costs recovery: provides support to client in preparing claims for payment. Prepares costs schedules for negotiation, schedules for summary assessment, costs estimates, costs budgets. Prepares and deals with bills for detailed assessment, points of reply and all other steps/documents within the costs process or that a case may require. Advising client throughout.
  • Adverse costs: provides support to the client in opposing costs claims. Prepares and deals with the provision of costs advice, drafting points of dispute and all other steps/documents within the costs process or that a case may require. Advising client throughout.
  • Ensures that files are satisfactorily finished, where necessary disbursements paid and files closed/returned according to procedures laid down in the client.
  • Ensures client instructions and requirements are followed and KPI’s met.
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Person specification

Qualifications

 

Minimum qualifications - 5 G.C.S.E’s or equivalent at grade C, including maths and english, (relevant work experience may be considered as an alternative)

Essential

Experience

 

Experience of working as a costs drafter

Essential

Experience of drafting civil bills

Essential

Experience of adverse costs

Essential

Experience of working in a solicitor’s office

Desirable

Member of Association of ACL

Desirable

Knowledge and skills

 

Numeracy, literacy

Essential

Good standard of I.T. literacy and keyboard skills

Essential

Influencing skills

Essential

Good communication skills both face to face and over the telephone

Essential

Organisational/time management skills

Essential

Accuracy and attention to detail

Essential

Working to deadlines

Essential

Ability to work productively amidst frequent interruptions

Essential

Personality / Other Qualities

 

Pleasant, approachable, patient and polite

Essential

Ability to work in a highly confidential environment

Essential

Smart and tidy appearance

Essential

Ability to work as part of a team

Essential

Adaptability and flexibility

Essential

Ability to work without close supervision/ on own initiative

Essential

Ability to hit the ground running

Essential

Confidence in influencing over the telephone

Essential

Please do not send enquiries to the department manager of the specific team.