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Costs Draftsman

Full-time (35 hours per week)

Job title

Costs Draftsman

Location

Nottingham

Department

Finance

Reporting to

Head of Finance

Joining a small but established team of costs draftsman to assist and support the billing process and costs recovery. You will provide support and assistance to fee earners in relation to billing and concluding LAA payments, as well as correspondence with relevant external parties.

Responsibilities

  • Preparing fixed fee claims to be uploaded on to CCMS
  • Drafting 3 column bills to be assessed by the Court
  • Preparing bundles to accompany bills to Court and the submission of bills
  • Liaising with counsel’s chambers in order to obtain fee notes for counsel
  • Liaising with experts in order to obtain possible missing disbursements
  • Liaising with fee earners and addressing any issues which may be identified whilst preparing a bill
  • Undertaking post-assessment work such as completion of EX80A and EX80B forms
  • Discharging Legal Aid Funding certificates
  • Uploading documents to CCMS in a timely manner as per LAA requests
  • Responding to any online queries received by the LAA
  • Providing advice to fee earners regarding current costs limitations
  • Dealing with any rejected claims
  • Preparing appeals for any reductions/rejections where appropriate

Candidate Requirements

  • At least 1 years experience working either in-house as part of a costs team or for an external supplier of cost drafting services
  • Knowledge of Legal Aid only claims and up to date knowledge of LAA costs, assessment guidance, CPR and legislation
  • Knowledge of Bills of Costs for submission to the court
  • Knowledge of preparing claims for costs through the CCMS online portal
  • IT literate including experience of using costs drafting software (knowledge of Costs Mater software an advantage)
  • Ability to work in pressurised but highly motivated team environment. Committed team player
  • Able to work on your own initiative with minimal supervision, working your own caseload
  • Ability to respond appropriately to rapid changes in working schedules and priorities
  • Professional with excellent communication and client care skills
  • Excellent analytical and organisational skills with strong attention to detail
  • Advantageous but not essential; knowledge of High Cost Case Plans, both hourly rates and events based plans

What we can offer you

  • Opportunity for career progression and support through training where needed;
  • A friendly and positive culture based on team work with no micro-managing;
  • A well run and secure business where you can work with confidence;
  • Flexible and agile working arrangements to enable staff to balance life and work.

In return we are looking for ambitious individuals who would fit into a go-ahead and positive environment. As a firm we are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment. This means that all applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Your new career. Starts here.

If you meet the required skills and experience and would like to apply for the role, please email your cover letter and CV using the submission form.

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