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LA Department

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High Costs Department

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Name: Heather Shipley

Location: Birmingham

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

“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