Costs Draftsperson

Closing date: 15/06/2021
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Costs
Location: Birmingham
Let us introduce ourselves…

It is the people at Shakespeare Martineau that make us so special. By understanding what our people want, giving them the support they need, recognising everyone’s contribution and realising the unique power of teams; together we win.   As a firm we are focused on proactively building and developing diverse teams, bringing different backgrounds, personalities and perspectives together. We play to our strengths, pushing ourselves to be consistently better than yesterday and deliver amazing solutions for our clients. We empower our teams with a high degree of individual responsibility; we self-manage and encourage everyone to be responsible for their own learning, knowing it makes us even better at what we do!

We believe in trusting our people to make the right decisions for themselves from how you dress, to how, when and where you work – we focus on outputs.

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The Team:

Our Litigation Services & Dispute Resolution group has a long-standing experience of working with some of the most successful and influential businesses in the UK and also internationally. Our specialist teams combine expertise with a sound understanding of the commercial landscape to provide exceptional solutions for every aspect of our clients’ corporate requirements.

Our Costs team handles cost negotiations for a number of clients, dealing with both pre-litigated and litigated matters. We offer a full service including advice and file handling in relation to claims of all sizes, drafting points of dispute or replies, all aspects of cost budgeting, drafting skeleton arguments on technical challenges, drawing bills of costs, negotiating settlements, attending detailed assessment hearings and dealing with part 8 cost procedures. Our team has a wealth of experience in preparing Precedent H cost budgets and attending cost management hearings.

The role:

Are you an experienced Costs Draftsperson looking for a new challenge? Do you have strong communication skills and boast a keen eye for detail? Are you looking to develop a career in a dynamic and expanding law firm? If so read on....

We are looking for an experienced Costs Draftsperson to join our Costs Team, part of the firm’s Litigation Services & Dispute Resolution group.

Your key duties will be:

  • handling receiving party costs matters and drafting bills of costs
  • drafting points of replies
  • drafting Precedent H cost budgets
  • advocacy at cost management hearings and / or detailed assessment hearings
  • managing a caseload of files
  • formulating offers and negotiating settlements
  • dealing with general correspondence
  • handling telephone calls, and handling queries and enquiries where appropriate
  • drafting schedules of costs

Skills and experience you will have:

  • a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a similar role, experience gained from within a Claimant role is preferable
  • experience in drafting bills of costs
  • experience in drafting costs budgets
  • strong numerical ability

Key competencies you will need:

  • a strong commitment to the principles of good customer service and an enthusiasm to develop a career in the field of costs work
  • excellent attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy
  • the ability to prioritise your workload
  • commitment and a team player approach with the ability to work in a busy team
  • excellent communication skills over the phone and in person

How we work:

We embrace agile working and offer a blended approach to where and how we work.

We appreciate that people have different needs and preferences and we’re keen to be flexible, after all, we value what you do, not where you do it.

We have hubs in Birmingham, Leicester, London, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Sheffield. This role will offer a blend of homeworking with travel as required to our Birmingham, Leicester or London hub.

Additional information

Please be aware, for some vacancies, where we receive high numbers of applications we may need to bring the close date forward.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. Details of the checks can be found here.


Equal opportunities

Shakespeare Martineau is a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.