Name: Eleanor Bryant
Costs Drafting History: 10 years
Qualifications: Law LLB (First Class Hons) – University of Kent & Legal Practice Course (Distinction) – City University, London
After graduating from university, I joined a firm of solicitors specialising in legal aid housing, family and immigration cases. The firm did all its own billing and I discovered I had a natural aptitude for costing. When I saw an advert looking for a trainee costs draftsman, I jumped at the opportunity and was lucky enough to be offered the position. The rest, as they say, is history!
I have experience in preparing CCMS claims and court assessed bills (including 6 column bills) in legal aid housing, social welfare, human rights and family cases.
I have extensive experience in preparing Precedent H costs budgets, amending and/or updating budgets and preparing phased bills. I also assist clients during the negotiation stages, including drafting points of dispute, replies to points of dispute and advising during negotiations.
My favourite area of law is court of protection, but I have also dealt with probate, industrial disease, personal injury and medical negligence proceedings.
Profile: My family own, show and breed English Setters, a vulnerable native breed. I am a committee member of two dog show societies and also judge the breed at open show level. Rather predictably for anyone with big dogs, I spend a lot of time walking!
Favourite TV genre: Wildlife documentaries and history.
“...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.