Costs Draftsperson - Southampton

  • Pitmans
  • Southampton, United Kingdom
  • May 25, 2017
Full time Law Costs

Job Description

Sentio Costs: We are a specialist Legal Costs team within Pitmans Law providing legal costs services both internally and to a range of external clients. We provide a full range of services to both Defendant and Claimant Clients including Costs Management and Detailed Assessment. We act on an inter-partes basis as well as in relation to Solicitor/Client disputes. We have a range of significant insurer and Solicitor Clients and are growing our Client base. Through the quality of work we provide, the expertise we have and the value we add to our Client’s cases, we have an excellent Client retention rate enabling us to continually grow and develop our business.

The Role

The successful candidate will join our Costs team who are specialist in legal costs work. The Candidate will be required to support the team and its Clients in preparing Bills of Costs, Costs Budgets, Points of Dispute, Replies to Points of Dispute, Precedent R’s, Applications, Brief to Counsel as well as analyse and negotiate in the settlement of costs cases. The opportunity to undertake Advocacy at Assessment Hearings and Costs Management Conferences will be available to the successful candidate.

Skills and Experience

  • Dealing with Claimant and Defendant costs files;
  • The preparation of Bills of Costs using Costsmaster or other drafting tools;
  • Opposing Claimant Bills of Costs to include drafting Points of Dispute;
  • Drafting Costs Budgets;
  • Negotiating with opponents in relation to costs and Budgets;
  • The provision of excellent Client Care;
  • A good knowledge of the law of costs to include case law and the CPR;
  • The use of Excel and the manipulation and analysis of numerical data;
  • Legal research and case building;
  • High level of professionalism and integrity.
  • Is well organised and capable of working to deadlines
  • Working in a lively and fast moving team.

The Firm

What we can offer you

  • Competitive salary depending on your experience and skills.

  • 25 days annual holiday.

  • Excellent benefits package available from day one: contributory pension, life insurance, income protection insurance, childcare voucher salary sacrifice, cycle to work scheme, and employee assistance programme.

About Pitmans Law

With Pitmans Law you can be assured of the quality of advice and service you demand from a city law firm – but with a distinction. The courage to stand apart, to think and act personably, with an uncompromising focus on achieving outstanding client outcomes. We say what we mean, matching our behaviours to our words.

Established for over 150 years, Pitmans Law is headquartered in Reading with offices in London and Southampton. The lower overheads of a regional office ensure we can provide city quality legal advice at a competitive price to deliver exceptional value for our corporate and private clients locally, nationally and internationally.

Pitmans provides legal advice to address our clients’ needs across a wide range of industry sectors and specialisms including particularly strong specialist teams in pensions advisory, real estate, dispute resolution as well as corporate and commercial law. Our clients draw confidence from the top tier recognition Pitmans achieves in the industry benchmarking directories, Legal 500 and Chambers UK.