We are recruiting for 2x Consultant Costs Draftsmen / Costs Lawyers

Where: Home working

Hours: Flexible

Position: Self employed

 

• Are you looking for a job where you can use your skills to their full potential?

• Somewhere you feel valued, supported and encouraged?

• Do you want to work with a company striving to be the best?

• Somewhere you have full flexibility over the days and hours you work?

• Do you want to work without targets and concentrate on producing great work?

• Do you want to work alongside some of the most talented Costs Lawyers and Draftsmen in the industry, sharing the common goal of providing a quality service to our exceptional solicitor clients?

 

Don’t just take our word for it. We would encourage you to contact any of our team members directly for a reference.

 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR

1. Quality of work and excellent client care

2. Over two years costing and or processing experience in Legal Aid

3. Experience of CostsMaster software / a willingness to learn

4. Enthusiastic individuals who want to help us become the best firm of Costs Draftsmen and Costs Lawyers.

 

ABOUT US

We are an award winning firm of Consultant Costs Lawyers and draftsmen who specialise in Legal Aid billing and processing. We also have a small but exceptional sub-team who specialise in IP billing.

We have grown substantially in the last three years from a team of 3 to a team of 30. We are growing each month and are looking for a further two Self Employed Consultants, although we would consider an employed position for exceptional candidates. You can view our full list of job adverts on our website blog: http://www.bidwellhenderson.co.uk/blog/

 

WHAT WE OFFER

1. Excellent fee structures and payment each month, even where our clients have deferred charging arrangements

2. Flexible home working without targets

3. Excellent case management systems and information sharing platforms

4. Administration and accounts support

5. Cloud based storage, email accounts and points of contact

6. Free delivery and collection of work to and from your home office

7. Virtual Secretary

8. A varied case load and progression opportunities

 

If you would like to have an informal chat at any point please don’t hesitate to call 03333 441 654 and ask for Rebecca Bidwell or Ann Henderson.

Welcome to the team Lee Hawkins

Lee has worked in costs for over 15 years preparing Legal Aid bills and CLS Claims.

Lee’s experience is in the main dealing with publicly funded cases, undertaking all aspects of the costing process. As rules and regulations continue to evolve, Lee keep’s up-to-date with all developments.

Lee has also been the Costs Manager for a large East London solicitors firm overseeing four other Costs Draftsman and administration support. In this role, Lee had to check the work of all costs staff and ensure that the work undertaken was of a high standard and within the correct guidelines.

Lee set up the department in the first instance and introduced new procedures for the department to be cost effective and run efficiently.

Lee has vast knowledge of the Legal Aid rules and regulations and has worked with many Legal Aid solicitor firms to put procedures in place and organise any backlog and deal with any queries.

Lee’s profile will shortly be available on the website.

Introduction of new electronic bill of costs delayed until 6th April 2018

The Civil Procedure Rule Committee has recently decided to delay the mandatory introduction of the new electronic bill of costs until 6th April 2018. For most, this is very good news as the profession is remarkably unprepared for such a seismic change. The recent extension of the pilot is, however, the last. In short, you have six months to fundamentally change the way you record time or face a potentially hefty bill of your own.

 

The traditional bill of costs is based on a Victorian account book format and is considered uninformative. The new form bill, currently being piloted, is in the form of an electronic spreadsheet. There was virtually no take-up of the original electronic bill, Precedent AA, after a voluntary pilot began in the Senior Courts Costs Office (SCCO) in October 2015 following work done by the Hutton Committee. In October 2016, the Rule Committee made amendments to the bill being used in the pilot, issuing Precedent AB, allowing users to create their own versions so long as the versions included certain levels of information.

 

It has been almost two years since the original pilot was implemented, however at the time of writing, only three electronic bills have been filed at the SCCO. Due to the poor uptake, the Rule Committee has decided that making the new bill compulsory is the only way to get the profession to engage with the electronic bill of costs. The new bill was originally due to be implemented on a mandatory basis in the SCCO from 1st October 2017, however the scope of the mandatory scheme has now been widened to all county courts and accordingly has been pushed back to allow for IT upgrades to be rolled out, and for training of judges and court staff outside of the SCCO.

 

In practice, this means that costs incurred after 6th April 2018 will have to be shown in the new format for virtually all multi-track bills and practitioners need to understand what is required. For each item in the new bill a phase code, task code, activity/expense code must be assigned. There are 14 phases, 41 tasks, 10 activities and 13 expenses codes to choose from! By way of example, for the simplest of entries such as recording a routine telephone call with your own expert, the new bill would require you to select the ‘Expert Reports’ phase (P6), followed by the ‘Own Expert Evidence’ task (T15), finished off with ‘Communicate (Experts)’ activity (A5). In all, the new bill contains over 50 columns of data per entry.

 

Without a robust and reliable time recording system in place, the effort required to prepare a new bill of costs will be colossal. The cost of manually transposing information from a paper file is, at least in the medium-long term, unlikely to be recoverable. Even in the short term, paying parties are likely to dispute the additional time and costs taken to draft bills ‘long hand’ as solicitors have been on notice of the changes for over two years. Retrospectively applying codes to traditionally recorded work more than doubles the time taken to prepare a bill of costs and therefore the level of unrecoverable drafting time will be significant.

 

As regulated costs lawyers, Bidwell Henderson Costs Consultants Ltd has access to the Association of Costs Lawyers’ more workable version of the Excel-based bill that is intentionally far less rigid than Precedent AB. Bidwell Henderson uses market leading drafting software to produce a useable bill that will smooth the transition from paper bills. As the full bill is too wide to print, the specialist costs software also provides a word processer version of the Excel bill which utilises the essential information contained in the bill to make checking the bill much simpler for fee earners.

 

Bidwell Henderson can take details of your work done directly from your time recording system, whether you chose to record your work by using the Costs Budget Phases, the JCode Phases or the New Bill Phases, and upload it directly into their software to produce compliant bills swiftly and economically.

 

If you need help preparing your team or your systems for the forthcoming changes; or if you require assistance preparing/disputing a new format bill of costs, contact Mark Bidwell at mb@bidwellhenderson.co.uk or call 03333 441 654. Bidwell Henderson Costs Consultants are a full-service costs firm based in Alfreton, Derbyshire. They have a 28-strong team of Costs Lawyers and Costs Draftsmen who undertake work in all areas of costs including budgeting, bill drafting, LAA claims, VHCCPs, advocacy and more.

 

 

 

 

Bidwell Henderson Costs Consultants embrace Cryptocurrency payment technology

Bidwell Henderson is believed to be the first firm of its kind to offer their clients the option to settle invoices using Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and four other popular cryptocurrencies. The popularity of ledger based cryptocurrencies has increased dramatically over the past year and Company Director, Mark Bidwell notes “It has always amazed me how much of the legal world still operates with a cheque book and pen. As a rapidly-growing company, we are always looking to embrace new technology to make our client’s lives a little easier. The adoption of this exciting new technology into our invoice settlement offering fits perfectly with the company’s drive to stay ahead of the competition through the efficient use of technology”.

New Recruitment Opportunities

We are recruiting for 2x Consultant Costs Draftsmen / Costs Lawyers

Where: Home working

Hours: Flexible

Position: Self employed

 

• Are you looking for a job where you can use your skills to their full potential?

• Somewhere you feel valued, supported and encouraged?

• Do you want to work with a company striving to be the best?

• Somewhere you have full flexibility over the days and hours you work?

• Do you want to work without targets and concentrate on producing great work?

• Do you want to work alongside some of the most talented Costs Lawyers and Draftsmen in the industry, sharing the common goal of providing a quality service to our exceptional solicitor clients?

 

Don’t just take our word for it. We would encourage you to contact any of our team members directly for a reference.

 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR

1. Quality of work and excellent client care

2. Over two years costing and or processing experience in Legal Aid

3. Experience of CostsMaster software / a willingness to learn

4. Enthusiastic individuals who want to help us become the best firm of Costs Draftsmen and Costs Lawyers.

 

ABOUT US

We are an award winning firm of Consultant Costs Lawyers and draftsmen who specialise in Legal Aid billing and processing. We also have a small but exceptional sub-team who specialise in IP billing.

We have grown substantially in the last three years from a team of 3 to a team of 30. We are growing each month and are looking for a further two Self Employed Consultants, although we would consider an employed position for exceptional candidates. You can view our full list of job adverts on our website blog: http://www.bidwellhenderson.co.uk/blog/

 

WHAT WE OFFER

1. Excellent fee structures and payment each month, even where our clients have deferred charging arrangements

2. Flexible home working without targets

3. Excellent case management systems and information sharing platforms

4. Administration and accounts support

5. Cloud based storage, email accounts and points of contact

6. Free delivery and collection of work to and from your home office

7. Virtual Secretary

8. A varied case load and progression opportunities

 

If you would like to have an informal chat at any point please don’t hesitate to call 03333 441 654 and ask for Rebecca Bidwell or Ann Henderson.

Congratulations are in order for qualified Costs Lawyers at Bidwell Henderson

Melissa Aspin and Amanda Johnston of Bidwell Henderson Costs Consultants have recently celebrated passing their final exams and completing the ACL course. Melissa and Amanda are now qualified Costs Lawyers. Megan Kutter has also passed her third year exams and will soon be in her final year of the course.

Congratulations to everyone who has completed the course this year.

BHCC welcome new team members

We would like to wish a warm welcome to Emma Jackson, Melissa Aspin and Laura Stafford-Smith. Emma and Laura are experienced costs draftsmen and I am delighted to announce that Melissa has just passed her final ACL exam and has qualified as a Costs Lawyer. Their profiles will shortly appear on our website.

Welcome to the team Melissa, Emma and Laura.

We have also recruited two excellent trainees, Bethany Ellis and Madeleine Binnie. Bethany has recently passed her year 2 exams at Nottingham Law School and Madeleine has recently celebrated her graduation from Nottingham Law School.

We are currently recruiting for consultant costs draftsmen to join our expanding team. If you would like to hear more, contact Rebecca Bidwell on 03333 441 654 for more information.

Recruitment Opportunities

 

Recruitment

Are you looking for a job where you can use your skill set to its full potential?

Somewhere you feel valued, supported and encouraged?

Do you want to be employed by a company striving to be the best?

Do you want to work alongside some of the most talented Costs Lawyers and Draftsmen in the industry, sharing the common goal of providing a quality service to our exceptional solicitor clients?

 

We currently have the following five positions available:

2x Legal Aid Consultant Costs Draftsmen/Costs Lawyers (self-employed)

1x Management position for Costs Lawyer/Draftsman (employed)

1x Legal Aid Costs Draftsman to provide training on legal aid billing and or processing (self-employed or employed)

1x Legal Clerk (self-employed or employed)

Closing date: 18th August 2017

Start date: To be agreed.

 

About us

Bidwell Henderson Costs Consultants are an award winning Legal Costs Consultancy. We are seeking motivated legal professionals to join our rapidly expanding team.

Our aim is to become the largest firm of legal costs consultants in the country within the next three years.

 

Position – 1x Management Position

Type: Employed position

Location: Based in the Alfreton office, Derbyshire with part time home working options available

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits.

What we are looking for

Are you looking for a job where you can use your skillset to its full potential? Somewhere you feel valued, supported and encouraged? Do you want to work for a company striving to be the best, with some of the country’s most talented Costs Lawyers and Draftsmen?

We are Bidwell Henderson Costs Consultants Ltd and we genuinely care about our team and our clients.

We are looking for an exceptional Costs Lawyer or Draftsman who will help us on the path to becoming the UK’s largest provider of billing services within the next three years.

The candidate will be building on our existing reputation and client base and will be encouraged to reach their full potential. When you do a good job for BHCC, we do what we can to keep you happy. It’s as simple as that.

We have grown to a team of thirty in just over three years. We have three Directors and three support staff. We have continually reinvested our time and profits back in to the company to grow month on month and secure a future for our growing team.

We are looking for someone with experience in the following areas:

  1. Communicating confidently about Inter Partes and Legal Aid costs
  2. Ensuring the company ethos is maintained
  3. Providing training seminars to clients and the team
  4. Drafting IP and LA bills
  5. Meeting and presenting to potential and existing clients
  6. Providing quality control and checking work
  7. Researching and pitching new ideas to the Directors
  8. Implementing new ideas, systems and processes
  9. Exploring new markets and futureproofing
  10. Assisting with marketing campaigns and events

To apply for this position please email Rebecca Bidwell on rb@bidwellhenderson.co.uk with:

  1. Covering letter including why you are suitable for this role
  2. CV
  3. Redacted samples of your work

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Position – 2x Legal Aid Consultant Costs Draftsmen/Costs Lawyers

Essential requirements:

  • Two years plus experience in legal aid billing or processing
  • A team player who can work under their own initiative
  • Ability to regularly check your own work and provide high standard of accuracy
  • Great organisational skills
  • Good IT and communication skills

Preferential skills

  • Experience using CostsMaster software
  • Undertaking or having completed the ACL course

To apply for this position please email Rebecca Bidwell on rb@bidwellhenderson.co.uk with:

  1. Covering letter including why you are suitable for this role
  2. CV
  3. Redacted samples of your work

We look forward to hearing from you.


Position – 2x Legal Clerk  

Essential requirements:

  • 1 year plus experience in legal aid billing or processing
  • A team player who can work under their own initiative
  • Ability to regularly check your own work and provide high standard of accuracy
  • Great organisational skills
  • Good IT and communication skills

Preferential skills

  • Experience using CostsMaster software
  • Undertaking or having completed the ACL course

To apply for this position please email Rebecca Bidwell on rb@bidwellhenderson.co.uk with:

  1. Covering letter including why you are suitable for this role
  2. CV
  3. Redacted samples of your work

We look forward to hearing from you.

Bidwell Henderson Vision Mission Culture Statement

 

We would like to share our vision, mission and culture statement:

Vision

To be the largest providers of legal aid billing and processing services in England and Wales.

Mission

To provide quality law costs drafting services

Flexibility, support and praise to our team

Growth year on year

Cross referring of skills

Embrace opportunities and diversify into new areas

Sharing our philosophy that client care is paramount

Continually improving, refining and adapting ahead of market changes

To be part of something special

Culture

Flexibility, fun, communication and co-ordination with a progressive outlook.

 

Our story and where we are heading

BHCC began in 2014 with three Directors. It is now an established name for legal aid costs drafting services and has increased to team of 28 with plans to increase to 38 by this time next year. We are fortunate to work with some of the best and most committed legal aid lawyers. They provide the highest level of service for their clients and we want to do the same for them.

We love what we do. We genuinely care about our clients and our team. No firm is perfect but we continue to reinvest our time, profits and resources, to ensure we keep ahead of any changes and remain competitive.

Our aim is to secure a future for our experienced and quite frankly, phenomenal team. We are exceptionally lucky to work with some of the brightest, most precise and considerate costs lawyers and costs draftsmen in the country.

We are always looking for new team members who share our ethos. We would encourage anyone wanting to be part of an award winning company who share achievements, are ahead of the crowd, take security and data protection seriously and genuinely care about their team members to contact Rebecca Bidwell, Director at any time on 03333 441 654.

Our aim is to become the largest firm of legal aid costs lawyers and costs draftsmen in England and Wales within the next three years. We are already smashing targets on our current 18 month plan. Come and join the fun!

 

Tikit P4W National User Group Conference

Mark Bidwell was a guest speaker at last years P4W National User Group Conference. The article incorporating his picture can be found here: https://www.tikit.com/…/tikit-p4w-user-group-chairs-collab…/

Bidwell Henderson Costs Consultants Ltd are Costs Lawyers and Costs Draftsmen who specialise in remote billing services directly though case management systems such as Tikit P4W.

Due to recent expansion, we are finally in a position to make new relationships with solicitors. If you would like to discuss our billing services you can contact Mark on 03333 441 654 at any time.