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Law Costs Draftsman (Legal Aid) (3017)

We’re a national law firm with a local reach. Our philosophy is ‘Expert Hand, Human Touch’ – something you’ll find in the way we work with our clients and how we support our teams. But, we’re more than just a law firm – we’re a team, working together to help individuals and businesses navigate life’s ups and downs.

Whichever team you join, working here you’ll feel a part of our friendly and inclusive environment. We’ll value you for who you are and what you bring. We support each other and push boundaries to achieve incredible things, and make a real difference to our clients and communities.

The work we do has been recognised in the awards we’ve won. We’re committed to being even better, and our awards help to show we’re on the right track.

We recognise that the office 9-5 isn’t for everyone. That’s why we’ve introduced ‘Flexible by Choice’. Whether it’s working from home, in our offices, or a combination of the both, we trust each other to support our clients, colleagues and communities at the right time, in the right way.

Your Role

Working within the CMT, with responsibility for recovery of the Firm’s contentious costs from both opponents and clients.

Reporting to a Team Leader or Team manager, the role requires a good understanding of the civil Legal Aid Regulations.

The individual will be familiar with the Legal Aid Civil Finance Handbook, The Statutory Charge Manual, Costs Assessment Guidance and other documents with which we must comply.   They will be happy to provide advice to internal clients in this regard.

They will be experienced in preparing:-

  • CLAIM 1/CCMS Claim for Costs (including VHCC) in line with the LAA’s assessment procedure and appeals from the assessment.

 

  • N258B – Claim for Costs to be paid from the Patient’s estate and appeals from the Provisional Assessment by the SCCO.

(This will be moving to the new COP E electronic Bill in the near future so previous electronic billing experience would be helpful).

  • Precedent S when there is an order for costs recovery from the opponent; 

The candidate will require experience of Legal Aid costs under The Mental Capacity Act 2005, Judicial Review, Inquests and claims for damages pursuant to the HRA 1998; a broad understanding of CFA, DCFA, solicitor/own client funding arrangements and a good handle on Costs Law.

The ideal candidate will have had a broad exposure to costs, will be used to working on Costs Master and will have the confidence to work alone in all of the above.

What You'll Be Doing
  • Negotiating with opponents where inter partes recovery applies
  • Monitoring and chasing payment of costs.
  • Keeping the client informed as required by the firm’s and department’s set procedures.
  • Running the files allocated in accordance with the firm’s and department’s set procedures.
  • Attending [conferences with Counsel/court/tribunal] and represent the firm and client as required.
  • Meeting all cost/fee targets where set
  • To meet on a regular basis with the person to whom the post holder reports to review cases and any other matters relevant to the post holder’s position.  To report to the post holder’s supervisor immediately any difficulties being experienced, in particular, those which may lead to a negligence action being taken against the firm and/or a complaint from a client via the Solicitors’ Complaints Bureau and/or the firm’s complaints procedure
  • Development Review:  To comply with the firm’s Development Review Policy and to meet all performance targets set and follow all recommendations and instructions made at review interview and as set out in the review interview form
  • Training:  To comply with the firm’s Training Policy and to attend all training events, both internally and externally, as directed by the Training Partner, Training Manager, Head of Department, Department Education Manager and/or the person to whom the post holder reports, as appropriate
  • Complying with all Law Society rules and regulations presently in force and as added to or amended from time to time, as far as the same apply to non-solicitor members of the firm
  • Department meetings:  To attend all department meetings as directed and to participate in discussion.  To comply with any directions given or decisions made at those meetings
  • Responsible for working towards team targets of recovering large amounts of the Firm’s contentious costs / the Firm’s fees per annum.
  • Responsible for earning annual paid fees target as set by Department
  • Responsible for adherence to SLA’s as set by the Department
  • Responsible for adherence to chargeable time targets as set by Department 
What We're Looking For

The individual will be familiar with the Legal Aid Civil Finance Handbook, The Statutory Charge Manual, Costs Assessment Guidance and other documents with which we must comply.   They will be happy to provide advice to internal clients in this regard.

The candidate will require experience of Legal Aid costs under The Mental Capacity Act 2005, Judicial Review, Inquests and claims for damages pursuant to the HRA 1998; a broad understanding of CFA, DCFA, solicitor/own client funding arrangements and a good handle on Costs Law.

The ideal candidate will have had a broad exposure to costs, will be used to working on Costs Master and will have the confidence to work alone in all of the above.

What we can offer you
  • 25 days annual leave, with the opportunity to buy additional leave
  • Two fundraising days in a year to give back to the community (fully paid!)
  • Westfield Health membership, offering discounted leisure and travel and refunds on medical services

We also offer a huge number of well-being initiatives to encourage positive mental health both in and out of the workplace as well as flexible working options to ensure that you are fully supported to work the way that best suits you. Our social responsibility programme is fundamental to who we are. We’re committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace where our colleagues can flourish. We have a range of groups to celebrate our people across sexuality, disability, age, gender and culture. 

We welcome applications from all diversity groups and backgrounds. We’re committed to enabling everyone to thrive and understanding and celebrating our differences is a key part of that. We’re proud of our work on the Disability Confident scheme, on the Race At Work Charter and as Stonewall Diversity Champions. We also have a range of networks for LGBT+, disability, generations, gender, social mobility, ethnicity, faith and culture to celebrate our people and to enable everyone to thrive.

 

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.

Depending on the role you apply for we may carry out checks that 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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Location
Sheffield
Riverside East, 2 Millsands, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, S3 8DT
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  • Business Area:
    Client Services Team
  • Sub-Sub-Business Area:
    Costs
  • Company:
    IM LLP
  • Working Hours:
    Full Time
  • Vacancy Type:
    Permanent
  • :
    Sheffield
  • Salary:
    £28,000
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