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Experienced Costs Clerk

Experienced Costs Clerk

Posted 31 January by OPTIMAL RECRUITMENT SOLUTIONS LIMITED
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We have a new opportunity for an Experienced (Unqualified) Costs Clerk to join an award-winning firm of Solicitors based in Birmingham, West Midlands.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a well-established practice that specialises in legal aid cases, primarily dealing with housing association disputes, where you will be supporting a large team of fee earners.

The Company is also prepared to fund qualifications to become a qualified Cost Draftsman for the right person.

Responsibilities:

  • Drafting Inter-Partes and Legal Aid bills for assessment
  • Sending bills to the paying party and following through assessment procedure to payment.
  • Drafting replies to points of dispute
  • Negotiating costs with the paying party.
  • Lodging bills at Court and the Legal Aid Agency for assessment.
  • Monitoring performance of external costs draftsman regarding turnaround times and work produced.
  • Maintaining up to date excel spreadsheet of billing information.
  • Ensuring prompt payment of finalised bills where payment is due from the opponent.
  • Checking bills drafted by costs assistants
  • Undertaking other clerical and administrative duties as may reasonably be required from time to time.

Requirements

  • Experience of drafting Inter-Partes and legal aid bills
  • Experience of using CCMS to bill legal aid files
  • Computer Literate
  • High Level of numeracy and accuracy when dealing with figures.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of Excel, Word and Outlook
  • Willing to learn new skills
  • Quick learner
  • Good administrative background with experience of being able to manage and prioritise own workloads.

Desirable knowledge and experience of:

  • Legal Aid Agency rules for billing and costing of publicly funded files.
  • Court rules for lodging bills.
  • An understanding of the rules governing Inter-Parte bill preparation.
  • Court costs assessment procedures
  • Working in a publicly funded organisation.

Salary:

  • up to £25,000 dependent on experience.
  • Plus performance-related bonus scheme
  • Hours of Work: 9.00 am to 5.00 PM with 1 hour for lunch

If you are interested in the role and would like to find out more, please click below to apply today!

Reference: 52042836

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