Name: Francesca Rigo
Costs Drafting History: 4 years
Qualifications: Law Degree (LLB) (2:1), LPC (Merit), Non-Practicing Solicitor and Costs Lawyer (Distinction)
Francesca started working as a Paralegal in 2011 and she qualified as a Solicitor in 2015 in specialising in Family Law. During her time working as a Paralegal and Trainee Solicitor, she assisted the in house Costs Department and really enjoyed the work. As a result of this, she embarked upon the Association of Costs Lawyers course in 2015 and qualified as a Costs Lawyer in 2018.
Francesca now specialises in Family Legal Costs with a particular interest in High Costs Cases including traditional fully costed case plans and events case plans. She is also able to draft CLAIM1s, CLAIM1As, CCMS E-Bills and Bill of Costs.
Francesca’s experience in Legal Helps including billing. She also assisted, in her previous role, with LAA audits of Legal Help files.
In her previous role, she provided training on assessing eligibility for Legal Aid to the Housing and Family Department. She also provided training on work that was in and out of scope following on from the introduction of the Legal Aid and Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act and the evidential requirements that would be needed in order to assist clients in family matters.
Profile: In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching films/documentaries, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.
Claim to Fame: She achieved Grade 7 of 8 in singing.
Favourite Movie/TV Genre: One of her favourite films is Bridesmaids. She also enjoys a good thriller or a documentary (particularly crime ones!).