Q: What was your first job?
A: I had lots of different jobs when I was at school / University (paperboy, barman, warehouse worker, retail and factory jobs) but my first real job after University was a bookmaker at William Hill.
Q: What were your earliest ambitions?
A: To be a professional sportsman. I wasn’t fussed what sport. I was on the books at Mansfield Town FC until I was 14, then I quit to be a high jumper after making the England junior athletics team. Unfortunately, injuries forced an early retirement from athletics.
Q: How did you get to where you are today?
A: Ha, I haven’t gone far. I can almost see the house I grew up in from my office window. A mix of hard work and luck!
Q: What are the most important lessons you’ve learned along the way?
A: Say yes to every opportunity that comes your way. I remember, early on in my career, agreeing to take on tasks and responsibilities that terrified me because I knew that they would be good for me in the long run.
Q: Who- or what- were your major influences?
A: My parents. Both my parents were hard workers, however, they also have a relaxed attitude to life. Anyone who knows me will know that I have inherited that trait.
Q: What qualities do you need to succeed?
A: Perseverance and patience. If you want something you have to be persistent, but great things don’t happen overnight. If you keep doing the correct things over a sustained period of time, you will get rewarded for your efforts.
Q: Was there a defining moment in your career?
A: Qualifying as a Costs Lawyer. Balancing study and a full time job was hard work, however it was worth the effort.
Q: What’s the secret of your success?
A: I don’t think there is any secret to success. I am good at spotting opportunities and happy to take calculated risks. If you surround yourself with ambitious people, they will push you to achieve.
Q: If you were starting again, what would you do differently?
A: I would delegate earlier. Nobody can be an expert in everything and when starting a new business the temptation is to do everything yourself. Find good people to do the things they are good at, freeing you up to do the things you do best.
Q: What do you do to relax?
A: I like watching movies, playing football and I am a casual a gamer in my spare time.
Q: Who do you most admire in today’s business world and why?
A: Elon Musk. He has an incredible drive, intellect and vision.
Q: What qualities do you admire in people?
A: Integrity, honesty and drive.
Q: What do you most dislike?
A: Idleness, selfishness and arrogance.
Q: What would be your one piece of advice to aspiring business people?
A: Set goals and push yourself to achieve them. Once you have achieved your goals, set some more!
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“...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
“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.”
“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.
“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.
“The Bidwell Henderson team are an absolute pleasure to deal with”
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.
“I have been practicing for almost 20 years and without a doubt Bidwell Henderson are the best cost lawyers and draftsmen I have ever instructed”
I have always found their managers and draftsmen to have detailed knowledge of current costs’ law, our case management system and to be knowledgeable and personable.
The managers Ann Henderson and Rebecca Bidwell are always on hand to support their cost draftsmen, and their strategic knowledge of how to manage the Legal Aid Agency costing process is invaluable and impressive.