Michael Fitzpatrick – Consultant Costs Drafter -

Name: Michael Fitzpatrick

Location: Hexham (but born & bred in Jarrow)

Costs Drafting History: 30 years

Qualifications: B.A. (Hons) Law (Sheffield) & M.A. Criminology (Keele)

Started at a costs drafting firm in Norwich in early 1989 and in 2000 I joined John M. Hayes. I set up their Newcastle Office in 2001 where I was manager for over 16 years. Joined Bidwell Henderson in 2018. Over the years I have had extensive experience of most areas of costs, particularly family legal aid and civil inter partes work (including regular engagement in negotiations, Points of Dispute/Replies, and Court assessment hearings). My workload also consisted of a large range of managerial/administrative tasks, including recruitment & training, marketing and credit control.

Profile: Previous employment has included RAC motor insurance, Magistrates Court work, HM Prison Service and criminal litigator. Married with 2 grown up daughters and 1 granddaughter (Abigail, age 1). Lifelong Newcastle United follower. Regular gym goer and enjoy participating in running events.

Claim to Fame: Since September 2011 I have completed 44 half marathons (including 8 consecutive Great North Runs) and 1 marathon in 2018 (on my 60th birthday). Hoping to reach 50 HMs in 2019.

Favourite TV Genre: Favourite films are ‘Ice Cold in Alex’ and ‘Twelve Angry Men’ (both in black and white!). On TV I most enjoy crime documentaries and dramas (particularly ‘A Touch of Frost’).

Danielle Conaghan - Edwards Duthie Solicitors

Abbie Huxley - Burke Niazi Solicitors

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

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 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.

Deborah Piccos, TV Edwards Solicitors