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Law Costs Draftsman (1278)

The Costs Team provides a service to our fee earners who deal with recovery of costs in contentious practice areas, their primary aim is dealing with the preparation of bills of costs, negotiation and advocacy within the detailed assessment of costs proceedings. Our Costs structure gives our costs lawyers an unrivalled breadth of experience including areas of law as diverse as personal injury, commercial litigation, family cases and Court of Protection.

Some of the things we’ve being doing recently:

  • Merrix v Heart of England Foundation Trust 2017 – when the Bill of Costs submitted for this case was less than the Court-approved Costs Budget, we argued that the Court shouldn’t deviate from an approved Budget without a good reason.
  • Chad Mole v Parkdean Holiday Parks Ltd – we successfully defended a challenge against our legal costs when the Official Solicitor took over the role of litigation friends of our infant client.

Your Role

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced ambitious individual to join a growing national team. You’ll be involved in the preparation of Bills of Costs for Detailed/Provisional Assessment as well as litigation of bills through the Court process. You may be involved in advocacy at Court if required and as agreed with the Costs Partner. Ideally you’ll have minimum one year experience working either in house or for an external supplier of costs drafting services. Ideally this is a London based however, we’re keen to accommodate what’s best for you, so we are open to discussions about remote working.

What we’ll need from you

  • Experience either in house or for an external supplier of Costs
  • Basic knowledge of legal procedures
  • Experience in one or more legal departments
  • Be able to work in a pressurised and stressful environment
  • A flexible approach enabling you to respond to rapid changes in working schedules and priorities
  • Ability to communicate clearly with stakeholders across the business
  • Desirable financial or legal qualifications e.g.: ILEX Part 1 Year 1
  • Desirable Financial or law degree

We’re proud of our values, and we’re looking for people who share them:

  • To be pioneering with an imaginative outlook
  • To be approachable and caring
  • To be tenacious in the pursuit of our objectives
  • To be efficient in the provision of our services
  • To work with a foundation of integrity.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to receive your application.

The Benefits

In addition to your basic salary we have a competitive benefits package including pension, critical illness cover, health cash plan, death in service, discounted legal services, 25 days hols (this increases with length of service), discounted online shopping, discounted gym memberships and season ticket loans.

Additional Information

As part of the Irwin Mitchell Group’s on-boarding process all successful applicants are required to complete the group’s employment screening process. This process helps to ensure that all new employees meet our standards in relation to honesty and integrity therefore protecting the interests of the Group, existing employees, clients, partners and other stakeholders.

The background checks made will establish your eligibility to work in the UK, and criminal record check and financial checks ­with a credit reference agency will also be undertaken.

The employment screening process will fully comply with Data Protection and other applicable laws.

Irwin Mitchell LLP is an equal opportunity employer.

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    Personal Legal Services
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    Full Time
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    Birmingham, Flexible, Manchester, Sheffield
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