Name: Liz McLelland
Location: Bransgore, New Forest
Qualifications: Non-practising solicitor and LLB Law with European Legal Systems
Costs Drafting History: 4 years
I am a non-practising solicitor and began my legal career in 2003 working as a paralegal for a large North London Legal Aid practice. I qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and later relocated to the North West where I specialised in mental health, community care, and court of protection matters, and was a member of the Law Society Mental Health Review Tribunal Panel. In 2011 I practised Adults and Education Law while working for a large North West Local Authority.
In 2015 I retrained as a Law Costs Draftsman drawing on my extensive experience of working within private practice and local government.
I specialise in legal aid matters and am experienced in drafting legal aid claims, including CLAIM1s & CLAIM1As, CCMS claims, and Bill of Costs. I also have experience in High Cost Cases including claims & case plans under the LAA’s traditional / fully costed hourly rate model, and under the new Care Case Fee Schemes (CCFS).
Profile: I live in the beautiful New Forest with my long-suffering husband and our two marvellous daughters. I bunk off from costing one morning a week to volunteer as a ‘sidewalker’ at the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy. Its great fun, great exercise, and people thank me for doing it!
Claim to fame: The first house I owned was part of a converted primary school with some famous alumni including Olympic Champion Cyclist Chris Boardman and two-time Oscar-winning actor Glenda Jackson.
Favourite Film: When Harry Met Sally? Withnail and I? Mary Poppins? How am I meant to choose one!!!
“...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.