Costs Lawyer

Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Knowledge
Location: London
Company background

Penningtons Manches Cooper is a leading UK and international law firm which provides high quality legal advice tailored to both businesses and individuals. We address the specific objectives of each client through our flair and technical expertise and offer a personal service founded on a strong team ethic.

Today, we have UK offices in the City of London, Basingstoke, BirminghamCambridge, Guildford, Oxford and Reading while our growing overseas network stretches from Asia to America through our presence in Singapore, Piraeus, Paris, Madrid, Sao Paulo and San Francisco. With 141 partners and over 850 people in total, our main areas of practice are dispute resolution, corporate and commercial, real estate, private client and family.

We have established a strong reputation in a variety of sectors, particularly private wealth, shipping, technology and property. Our lawyers are also recognised for their expertise in life sciences, education, retail, sports and entertainment and international trade. In these areas, we're acknowledged for our unparalleled market insight.

By joining forces with the partners and staff of Thomas Cooper in July 2019, we have added significant depth to our core practice. The move builds on the expansion of our litigation and arbitration offering and has introduced us to the maritime community in which Thomas Cooper has long been a key player.

Our continuing commitment to excellence is backed by a track record which dates back nearly 300 years. We pay great attention to matching your requirements with the right skills, delivered cost effectively and within the appropriate timescale.

Among our clients we count multi-national corporations, public companies, professional partnerships, banks and financial institutions as well as private individuals, owner managed businesses and start-ups. We are conscious that our culture and close working relationships are vital assets and we are determined to maintain these as we increase in size. 

Our broad international focus is supported by well-established links with law firms throughout the world. Penningtons Manches Cooper is a member of Multilaw and the European Law Group, networks with representatives in over 100 countries, and many of our lawyers play leading roles in various international bodies.

Essential and desirable criteria

The appointed Costs Lawyer will have significant experience of all aspects of both inter parties costs and solicitor/client costs work. The successful candidate will work well in a team environment, and will ideally demonstrate an ability to streamline processes and monitor outcomes and performance as well as advise and guide a fee earning team on costs issues.

The appointed Costs Lawyer will demonstrate a genuinely commercial approach, focussed on obtaining the best possible result for the team / business.  They must also be confident to deal with external providers and ensure a suitable level of service is provided.

Essential and desirable criteria:

  • Ability to work collaboratively with the Costs Manager and other costs lawyers and the whole fee earning team in London and, in due course, with a wider costs unit

  • Ability to work under pressure

  • Ability to prioritise workload and competing demands across a big team to maximise speed of cashflow

  • Focus on keeping up to date with recent developments

  • Ability to provide thorough and reasoned advice on all aspects of costs

  • High quality of drafting

  • Ability to provide detailed analysis

  • Structured approach to work with an ability to have and adhere to a fixed timetable in all costs cases and take steps as needed to comply with the same

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Excellent technical and legal knowledge on costs Law

  • Excellent costs negotiation skills

  • Professional approach to external providers and third parties