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LA Department

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High Costs Department

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Name: Laura Bell

Location: Newcastle

Costs Drafting History: Laura started her career in costs drafting in 2013

Qualifications: LLB(Hons) and PgDip(LP). Laura studied at the University of Sheffield where she achieved an LLB (Hons) Degree. At postgraduate level she attended BPP Law School in Leeds and successfully completed the Legal Practice Course.

Laura joined Bidwell Henderson as an experienced Costs Draftsman in May 2018 having previously worked at John M Hayes since 2013 and prior to that as a Paralegal in a local law firm.

Laura undertakes work in all manner of legal aid cases to include the drafting of bills for assessment by the court, CLAIM1/As and CCMS bills to be submitted to the Legal Aid Agency, post assessment claims, 6 column bills and high costs case plans. She also manages a caseload of inter partes matters including bill and costs budget preparation, negotiating settlements and progressing matters to court assessment.

Laura enjoys working closely with clients to ensure maximum recovery of their costs and is always happy to assist with any costs issues which arise throughout a case.

Profile: In her spare time Laura enjoys travelling, going to the cinema and the theatre, reading (particularly Philippa Gregory books), and spending quality time with friends and family.

Favourite TV Genre: Crime Dramas – Line of Duty, the Bodyguard, Luther and Silent Witness.

“I find the Cost Draftsman at Bidwell Henderson very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend their services”.

Denise Cowley, DMA Law

“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