Costs Negotiator

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About The Role

The basic purpose of the job and its primary objectives:

To run and manage a caseload of costs dispute files.

Overview of the role and department you will be joining:

The role will involve handling a variety of claims for costs covering a mixture of personal injury claims including motor, casualty and catastrophic injury. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced costs negotiator. Day to day duties will include costs budgeting, reviewing client files, drafting points of dispute and replies, negotiating costs and day to day management of a varied caseload.

Horwich Farrelly’s costs department is a recognised market leader in third party costs legal cost negotiation. Since its creation, the team has saved more than £3 billion in opponent’s costs. We engage personally with our clients to work in partnership to help them reach their goals and reduce indemnity spend. The team deal with costs ranging from fixed fees in MoJ portal cases right through to multi-million large loss cases for insurers, self-insureds and other organisations.


At least 2 years’ experience of costs negotiation is essential. Training, supervision and support will be provided to the successful candidate.


We are passionate about developing and nurturing employees and there are many opportunities to progress at Horwich Farrelly. All of our training contracts are offered internally and are not met with competition from outside the firm. We are committed to developing rewarding career paths for our employees and all of the NQs in the costs department in the past 2 years have been offered a permanent position.

Main Responsibilities:

  • To run and manage a caseload of 100-150 costs files including drafting and negotiating budgets and preparation/consideration of associated documents, drafting and consideration of bills including e-bills and summary of costs statements, drafting of points of dispute and general costs negotiations, advising clients.
  • To ensure that all cases are dealt with in compliance with Solicitors’ Accounts Rules and Law Society Practice Management Standards.
  • To ensure effective case management, compliance with internal and external service standard requirements.
  • To ensure the production of high quality work on own files and any other files where assistance or cover is provided.
  • To attend court on costs hearings.
  • To liaise with clients as appropriate.
  • To assist partners and senior fee earners with complex cases.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have at least 2 years’ experience of costs negotiation dealing with costs recovery and / or adverse costs.
  • Be proficient in handling a full lifecycle of costs matters.
  • Be motivated and committed to providing a first class service to clients.
  • Have strong organisation skills and an ability to consistently meet deadlines.
  • Have excellent technical and analytical skills with a detail-orientated approach.
  • Have well-developed negotiation skills.
  • Be experienced and proficient in the use of case management systems.
  • Have the ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrate strong IT skills, experience in using specialist costs software packages
  • Be an excellent communicator and enjoy building relationships whilst providing clear and concise advice.
  • Wish to learn new skills and acquire technical expertise.
  • Work well as part of a team and under their own initiative.
  • Not be afraid to question and challenge information and evidence put forward by the parties (and their representatives) in a case.
  • Have a commercial awareness to legal issues.
  • Be flexible with a positive attitude to change, both internally and in the context of clients' business