Name: Heather Shipley
Qualifications: 2:1 BA Hons in French from the University of Nottingham
Costs Drafting History: Heather started her costs drafting career in 2011.
Heather is a Senior Costs Draftsman, having joined Bidwell Henderson in 2016. Her career in costs commenced in 2011, after graduating from University of Nottingham with a French degree. Heather maintains a busy caseload and is conversant in all aspects of Legal Aid billing, with a specialism in complex High Costs cases, public and private law matters and Court of Protection cases.
Heather is also involved with a bespoke training programme, assisting as an Efficiency Trainer, presenting training sessions specialising in efficiency, accuracy and top costing tips, along with one-to-one tutorials. Heather demonstrates a meticulous and pragmatic approach to costs drafting which provides an excellent foundation for trainees to develop their own style.
Profile: After having graduated Heather spent some time volunteering in Uganda, which kick-started a passion for travelling. Despite now armed with a near 18-month-old toddler, Heather is still trying her best to tick the world off one country at a time.
Favourite TV genre: Crime Dramas
“I have used Heather Shipley for some time now and her drafting of bills is impeccable, nothing is too much trouble and she is always on hand for queries and costs advice. Bills are drafted correctly and the files come back in exactly the same condition they leave me. Bidwell Henderson turn the files round really quickly and everything is sorted for ease of assessment. I am so pleased with the loyal and friendly service both Heather and Bidwell Henderson offer, if only all firms were this brilliant.”
Shona Smalley, Law Costs Drafter at Jackson West Solicitors
“Heather Shipley has a wealth of knowledge and is extremely passionate about what she does. Heather has been there to assist me every step of the way in a complex High Cost Case; I would have been lost without her. She works tirelessly to ensure that deadlines are met, costs are maximised and to answer my many queries. Heather is a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend her.”
Abbie Huxley, Solicitor at Burke Niazi Solicitors