Name: Melissa Hunt (previously Aspin)
Costs Drafting History: 6 years
Qualifications: Law Degree – LLB Hons 1st Class from University of Nottingham & Costs Lawyer since qualifying in 2017 with distinction
Melissa has a legal background, having obtained a Law Degree from the University of Nottingham, and has over 6 years costing experience having previously worked at John M Hayes as a Costs Draftsman. She qualified as a Costs Lawyer in 2017 following 3 years of study.
Melissa undertakes both legal aid and inter partes costing and is adept in preparing Bills of Costs, CIVCLAIM forms, CCMS claims, High Cost Case Plans, Points of Dispute/Reply, Cost Budgets and 6 Column Bills. She particularly enjoys preparing Cost Budgets and ensures that she always works closely with the fee earner in order to prepare an accurate Budget to ensure maximum recovery at the conclusion of the case. She enjoys being able to see a case progress to settlement and is always happy to assist with any costs issues which arise throughout the matter.
Profile: Fitness, including running and exercise classes. Home renovation and spending time with friends and family.
Claim to Fame: I have a passion for adventure and love hot air balloon flights
Favourite TV Genre: Crime dramas
“...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.