Costs Draftsperson

Salary: Up to £30,000 depending on experience

Closing Date: 28 February 2020

Summary of Benefits:

Costs Draftsperson

Express Solicitors are a top 200 Law firm that specialises in personal injury. We cover every area of personal injury including public liability, occupier’s liability, road traffic accidents, employer’s liability, industrial disease, serious injuries and clinical negligence matters. At Express, we pride ourselves in the work we do helping injured people.

We are LEXCEL and Law Society accredited and are a Legal 500 Leading Firm for both Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence. Six of our Partners are members of the Law Society Specialist Personal Injury Panel and one of our Partners is a member of the Law Society Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel.

Role

We are currently looking for a Costs Draftsperson to join our established costs department.

This position will be to support other senior case handlers with their drafting requirements, working in an assisting capacity. There will be a broad range of drafting needs to include budget work as well.

The ideal candidate will possess 1 to 3 years’ experience working either in house or for an external supplier of costs drafting services. They will have experience of preparing bills and supplementary documents for Detailed Assessment on fast track & multi track cases. Budgeting experience is not needed as we will provide full training on budget drafting.

This is an exciting opportunity for a junior draftsperson to get more detailed experience, with a higher value work and a wide range of areas.

The role also offers excellent career development prospects for the right candidate, as the firm offers training contracts or support through the ACL qualification, for those candidates who prove themselves.

Job description

  • Supporting costs case handlers with a full range of drafting requirements.
  • Drafting formal bills for Detailed Assessment
  • Drafting N260 statements of costs
  • Preparing risk assessments
  • Assisting with drafting Budgets

Person specification

Essential criteria

  • 1 to 3 year’s personal injury claimant costs experience.
  • Completion of a legal qualification (LLB, GDL, LPC)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Drafting skills associated with completing Precedent H, R and Q and finalising formal bills
  • Experience of working to target
  • You will have a flexible approach and be 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.
  • Applicants should be committed and hardworking individuals who 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.
  • Knowledge of time recording procedures
  • Working knowledge of the Civil Procedures Rules and Detailed Assessment process.
  • Analytical skills and attention to detail are essential.
  • The Candidate must consistently produce work which is highly accurate and well-presented.
  • The role involves the use of IT systems and therefore computer literacy, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages, is essential.

Desirable criteria

  •  Experience of using Proclaim Case Management System and Costs Master software.
  • Experience of working in house.

 

Salary, Hours & Benefits

  • The starting salary for Cost Draftsperson is £30,000
  • Our standard working hours are 8:30am to 5:30am Monday-Thursday and 8:30am to 5pm Friday.
  • 20 days holiday, rising 1 day per year to a max of 23 days, plus bank/public hols. In addition, the office is closed between Christmas and New Year and you are not required to use your holiday entitlement for this period.
  • 3 holiday buy backs per year after 1 year of service.
  • Private medical insurance available after 2 years’ service.
  • Death in Service – 2 x salary based on annual salary only – eligibility commences when you join the company
  • Active social committee, firm pays for trips to e.g. Bowling, Chester Races, Christmas party, Summer Barbecue
  • Employee Assistance Programme which offers 24-hour helpline, Legal info and CBT – available immediately
  • Free fruit delivered twice a week

Recruitment Process

To apply, send a CV and covering letter to recruitment@expresssolicitors.co.uk or visit or careers page on www.expresssolicitors.co.uk/careers

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