Senior Costs Clerk – Costs Department

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Salary dependent on experience
11 Oct 2016
02 Nov 2016
Job Title
Legal Finance
Contract Type
Full Time

My client, a significant figure within Personal Injury law in the North East of England is currently searching for a Senior Costs Clerk to join their Costs Department to negotiate maximum recovery of both profit costs and disbursements and to assist other members of the team with this also. 

They are industry leaders looking for committed team players to support the growth of their company and with this in mind they are looking for the skills, personality and character to enhance delivery of their service to their clients and stakeholders.

In recent years, the firm has broadened their focus, and now specialises in accidents at work and accidents in a public place, as well as road traffic accidents.

The firm is a member of the Motor Accidents Solicitors Society, Law Society and Personal Injury Panel ensuring a service based on confidence and trust. If you are seeking a Senior Costs Clerk role as part of the Costs Department within a dynamic firm, who genuinely values their employees and offers every opportunity to progress as well as great benefits, then please do get in contact and I can discuss this role further with you.

What they are looking for:

  • Knowledge of basic law and practice
  • Experience of Negotiation to settle Costs
  • Experience of written and verbal communications to a high standard
  • Working knowledge of costs case law
  • Working knowledge of Civil Procedure Rules, in particular Parts 44-47
  • Experience and knowledge of costs litigation
  • Quick thinker and versatile in approach
  • Good Organisation
  • Good communication skills
  • Commitment
  • Good knowledge of department systems and procedures
  • Good ICT knowledge
  • Accuracy
  • Numeracy
  • Good command of the English language both written and verbal
  • Methodical approach
  • Ability to work towards deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and use own initiative
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Confidence in dealing with people at all levels
  • Friendly and cooperative personality

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Negotiate costs and disbursements
  • Achieve best possible settlement within given parameters and targets
  • Assisting in resolving escalated queries from the team
  • Assisting in development of new procedures to ensure efficiency
  • Assisting with the training and coaching of the team and new starters
  • Issue Cost-Only Proceedings/ Applications 
  • Preparation of Bills, Schedules and Statement of Costs for Assessment
  • Preparing Points of Reply, Joint Statements and Witness Statements
  • Preparation of other Court documents where necessary
  • Dealing with general enquires relating to accounts
  • Advocacy as and when appropriate