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Maximising Legal Aid Costs and Futureproofing Roadshow

Bidwell Henderson Costs Consultants Ltd are joining forces with eLAWvate, DG Legal and Fifth Square, offering seminars throughout the UK for Legal Aid Solicitors and Associates. The seminars will cover hot topics and practical advice on maximising legal aid costs and seizing opportunities in 2018. These bespoke seminars will also provide GDPR advice specifically for legal aid practices.

Refreshments will be provided at each seminar.

Dates, locations and how to book:

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Speakers:

David Smith, Training Manager at Bidwell Henderson, presents on maximising and capturing legal aid costs

DG Legal, present training on the Costs Assessment Guidance

Rebecca Bidwell, Director at Bidwell Henderson, presents on how to avoid the pitfalls of high costs cases

Jane Pritchard, Founder of eLAWvate, presents on seizing opportunities for increased efficiency in 2018

Simon Ghent, Director of Fifth Square, presents practical advice specifically for solicitors on how to be GDPR ready

For further information please contact Bidwell Henderson Costs Consultants Ltd via admin@bidwellhenderson.co.uk or 03333 441 654.

Recruitment opportunities

We are recruiting for Legal Aid Consultant Costs Draftspeople and a Legal Cashier

Where: Home working or based at the Alfreton Office in Derbyshire

Hours: Flexible

Position: Self employed & Employed options available for the right candidates.

• 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 Draftspeople 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:

I have been working with Bidwell Henderson as a Consultant Costs Lawyer since October 2016 and it is, without doubt, the best decision I have made in my working life.  They are not only lovely, kind people but they are also extremely supportive who will go out of their way to accommodate you and your needs.  I have received encouragement to pursue the areas of costs I prefer to work in and am always provided with support.  They are always open to ideas which will benefit the whole team.  On a personal level, my work/life balance has significantly improved, and this is down to the support and flexibility provided by Bidwell Henderson.

Charlotte Foulston, Costs Lawyer

From a consultant’s perspective BHC is a great firm to work for, the support systems are second to none and the management team are constantly striving to improve all aspects of the business

Owen Jones, Costs Draftsperson

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 draftspeople 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 31. We are growing each month and are looking for a further three Self Employed Consultants and a Legal Cashier, although we would consider an employed position for exceptional candidates. You can view our full list of job adverts on our website blog: https://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

New Seminar: Maximising Legal Aid Costs and Futureproofing

Maximising Legal Aid Costs and Futureproofing Roadshow

Bidwell Henderson Costs Consultants Ltd are joining forces with eLAWvate, DG Legal and Fifth Square, offering seminars throughout the UK for Legal Aid Solicitors and Associates. The seminars will cover hot topics and practical advice on maximising legal aid costs and seizing opportunities in 2018. These bespoke seminars will also provide GDPR advice specifically for legal aid practices.

Refreshments will be provided at each seminar.

 

Dates, locations and how to book:

Click on your chosen city below to be redirected to Eventbrite.

 

Speakers:

David Smith, Training Manager at Bidwell Henderson, presents on maximising and capturing legal aid costs

DG Legal, present training on the Costs Assessment Guidance

Rebecca Bidwell, Director at Bidwell Henderson, presents on how to avoid the pitfalls of high costs cases

Jane Pritchard, Founder of eLAWvate, presents on seizing opportunities for increased efficiency in 2018

Simon Ghent, Director of Fifth Square, presents practical advice specifically for solicitors on how to be GDPR ready

 

For further information please contact Bidwell Henderson Costs Consultants Ltd via admin@bidwellhenderson.co.uk or 03333 441 654.

 

Recruitment Opportunities

We are recruiting for 3x Legal Aid Consultant Costs Draftspeople and 1x Legal Cashier

 

Where: Home working or based at the Alfreton Office in Derbyshire

Hours: Flexible

Position: Self employed & Employed options available for the right candidates.

 

• 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 Draftspeople 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 testimonial.

 

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 draftspeople 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 31. We are growing each month and are looking for a further three Self Employed Consultants and a Legal Cashier, although we would consider an employed position for exceptional candidates. You can view our full list of job adverts on our website blog: https://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.

New team members at BHCC!

Introducing our new team profiles:

Madeleine Binnie, Peter Knowles, Gemma Vallance, Chelsea Allocock, Bethany Ellis, Gemma James, Melissa Aspin, Laura Stafford-Smith and Emma Jackson.

Recruitment opportunities

We are recruiting for 3x Legal Aid Consultant Costs Draftspeople and 1x Legal Cashier

 

Where: Home working

Hours: Flexible

Position: Self employed & Employed options available for the right candidates.

• 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 Draftspeople 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 testimonial.

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 draftspeople 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 31. We are growing each month and are looking for a further three Self Employed Consultants and a Legal Cashier, although we would consider an employed position for exceptional candidates. You can view our full list of job adverts on our website blog: https://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.

We are recruiting for 4x Consultant Costs Draftsmen / Costs Lawyers

Where: Home working

Hours: Flexible

Position: Self employed & Employed options available for the right candidates.

 

• 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: https://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”.