Name: Ann Henderson
Location: Alfreton Office
Costs Drafting History: 18 years
Qualifications: Non-practising Solicitor
Ann has over 18 years’ experience of legal aid and started her legal career when the Green Form Scheme was in use! Ann qualified as a solicitor with Marcus Barnett Solicitors in 2002 and thereafter spent 10 years with a busy North London legal aid practice, Burke Niazi solicitors, specialising in family law. She later became a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel.
In 2012 Ann retrained as a Law Costs Draftsman and in 2014, co-founded Bidwell Henderson CC Ltd and established her role as a Director of the firm and is our first point contact for Legal Aid matters. Ann has experienced first-hand the demands and pressures of legal aid billing and understands the billing process from a Fee Earner’s perspective.
Understanding the importance of attention to detail and getting it absolutely right when preparing claims to be considered by the Legal Aid Agency; Ann is meticulous in her approach and prides herself in providing a personal bespoke service with a proven track record of assisting legal aid clients reduce their rejection rates.
Ann regularly prepares complex High Costs Case Plans and advises on negotiations of High Costs Case Contracts with the Legal Aid Agency. She recognises that legal aid billing for high cost cases can be particularly challenging and failure to meet LAA deadlines can have serious financial implications for firms.
Ann also has significant experience of 6 Column Bills (Legal Aid with Inter Parties element) and undertakes negotiations and provides advice on settlement.
In an ever changing Legal Aid landscape, fewer cost drafting firms than ever are offering Legal Aid billing services but Ann understands the importance of maximising costs and frequently provides assistance and advice in relation to Assessed Bills and Claims, and Legal Aid Agency rejections.
Claim to Fame: Ann has met Prince.