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High Costs Department

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Name: Francesca Rigo

Location: Colchester

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!).

“We are really enjoying working with your firm and have found your staff to be excellent and very professional.”

Sara Taylor, Hammersmith & Fulham Law Centre

“…I have found them very knowledgeable and full of expertise In Legal Aid, Inter partes and High costs cases. They are always at the end of the phone or email if myself or anyone else in the firm have a billing enquiry and would highly recommend them to any legal firm.”

Danielle Conaghan, Edwards Duthie Solicitors

“Having instructed Bidwell Henderson since they formed in 2014, I can say with enormous confidence that their Costs Draftsmen are the most knowledgeable, efficient and friendly Costs Draftsmen I have had the pleasure of working with.”

Abbie Huxley, Burke Niazi Solicitors

“KK Law have used many cost draftsman firms within the last 10 years but have finally found the firm that is the right fit for us. Their service is professional, efficient, accurate and they turn our files around quickly. The Admin, accounts and cost draftsman team are all friendly and knowledgeable.

I would not hesitate to recommend Bidwell Henderson to anyone in the legal profession, they have always gone the extra mile on all of our cases both standard and complex to help expedite our bill payment.”

Heidi Murphy, KK Law

“I would have no hesitation in recommending their drafting and processing services. As one of our key strategic partners we have found Bidwell Henderson to be a very forward thinking and highly professional law costs drafting firm. They should be commended on their continual investment in staff training, quality controls and GDPR principles.

Specialising in billing through Tikit P4W they fit with our services portfolio perfectly. They consistently hit the mark first time – demonstrating the quality of their work and professionalism of their team, whilst more importantly improving client cashflow.”

Gary Shaw, Accesspoint Legal

“The Bidwell Henderson team are an absolute pleasure to deal with as they are all so helpful and accommodating and deliver client focused services to suit business needs. In addition to providing an efficient, tailored and exceptionally pro-active service – they strike the perfect balance of friendly and professional.

Kelly Pashley-Handford, Spencers Solicitors

“I have really appreciated working together on billing, I would be lost without Heather Shipley and the team at BH in the since the firm started!”

Amy Butler, Atkins & Palmer

“Your firm has been a great help to Birnbergs, your Costs Lawyers are thorough, professional and extremely knowledgeable.”

Olivia Goddard, Birnberg Peirce Ltd