Costs Solicitor

  • Job Reference: 67587
  • Date Posted: 29 July 2018
  • Recruiter: Lipson Lloyd-Jones
  • Location: Birmingham, West Midlands
  • Salary: £40,000 to £60,000
  • Sector: Costs Draughtsperson, Costs Negotiator, Private Practice
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Our client is a commercially focused national firm with a 12 month FTC for a senior Costs Solicitor in Birmingham

The Niche Costs & Advocacy team deals with complex costs litigation for the firm in both the personal injury and commercial arena. The team advises on all aspects of costs throughout the lifetime of the file from retainer to costs assessment, reserves, budgeting and strategy. In addition a skilled team of advocates regularly attends Court throughout the Country on not only assessment hearings but CCMCs, PTR hearings and application hearings.

The role

The role is for 12 month maternity cover and the successful Costs Lawyer will have at least 8 years' experience in costs litigation. They will have previous experience in both Defendant and Claimant work to include advocacy, drafting costs budgets, bills of costs, Points of Dispute, Replies, negotiating settlements, drafting Schedules of Costs and handling high value multi-track matters in both personal injury and commercial litigation. They will be able to prioritise their workload effectively, work well within a team and possess excellent attention to detail. They will also have strong communication and negotiation skills as well as being able to work efficiently under pressure. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to progress their career within legal costs.

Key responsibilities

  • Drafting costs budgets
  • Assessing bills of costs
  • Drafting Points of Dispute
  • Drafting bills of costs
  • Drafting Replies
  • Negotiating settlements
  • Drafting Schedules of Costs
  • Manage a caseload
  • Attend CCMCs
  • Attend assessment hearing/Oral reviews

This list is not intended to be exhaustive and you will have other duties and responsibilities that fall within the wider remit of the role.

The person specification

  • 8 years experience in costs litigation
  • Knowledge of CPR procedures/technical ability
  • Ability to achieve targets and work under pressure
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative
  • Ability to prioritise workload in order to meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Flexible approach

Lipson Lloyd Jones Ltd is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy. Please note our advertisements use PQE levels purely as a guide to the minimum level of experience required. However we are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfill this kind of work.