Costs Drafter

Reference code: ACSTCD

Location: Wigan 

Main purpose of the job: To assist in providing a costings service to the Firm, which enables departments to have their files properly finished and billed and those bills submitted to the relevant bodies for payment.

Responsible to: Department Manager

Main key result areas:

  • Provides support to departments in preparing claims for payment to LAA and private paying clients. Prepares Costs Schedules for negotiation, Solicitor Client Bills and Gross Sum Bills, schedules for Summary Assessment, schedules for Allocation and Listing Questionnaires.  Prepares and deals with bills for detailed assessment both publicly funded and inter-parte.
  • Ensures the Firm gets paid the maximum amount possible on every file
  • Work closely with the fee earner to effect swift and accurate payment.
  • Ensures that files are satisfactorily finished, disbursements paid and files closed according to procedures laid down in the department.
  • Ensures that payments are allocated to the correct file/matter when funds are received.
  • Carries out own typing ensuring accuracy and efficiency and provides general administrative support to the Costings department.  

Direct Reports : None

 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 working in a solicitor’s office.

Desirable

Member of Association of Law Costs Draftsmen.

Desirable

Knowledge of public funding costs. 

Desirable

Experience of drafting LAA Bills, Claim 1’s, Claim 1A’s and Points of Reply

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

Ability to draft a bill of costs, Points of Reply, costs documents without supervision

Essential

Confidence in influencing over the telephone.

Essential

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