Name: Eleanor Bryant
Costs Drafting History: Eleanor started her costs career in September 2009.
Qualifications: Law LLB (First Class Hons) – University of Kent & Legal Practice Course (Distinction) – City University, London
After graduating from university, Eleanor joined a firm of solicitors specialising in legal aid housing, family and immigration cases. The firm did all its own billing and she discovered she had a natural aptitude for costing. When she saw an advert looking for a trainee costs draftsman, she jumped at the opportunity and was lucky enough to be offered the position. The rest, as they say, is history!
Eleanor has experience in preparing CCMS claims and court assessed bills (including 6 column bills) in legal aid housing, social welfare, human rights and family cases.
She has extensive experience in preparing Precedent H costs budgets, amending and/or updating budgets and preparing phased bills. She also assists clients during the negotiation stages, including drafting points of dispute, replies to points of dispute and advising during negotiations.
Her favourite area of law is court of protection, but she has also dealt with probate, industrial disease, personal injury and medical negligence proceedings.
Profile: Eleanor’s family own, show and breed English Setters, a vulnerable native breed. She is a committee member of two dog show societies and also judge the breed at open show level. Rather predictably for anyone with big dogs, She spends a lot of time walking!
Favourite TV genre: Wildlife documentaries and history.