Costs Paralegal

Service Area:
Costs
Location:
Manchester
Salary Details:
Competitve
About The Role

The basic purpose of the job and its primary objectives:

To provide technical and practical support in dealing with a caseload relating to costs disputes.

Overview of the role and department you will be joining:

The role will involve assisting partners and fee earners on 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 someone who has recently finished school or university. A law degree is not essential. Day to day duties will include reviewing client files, drafting documents, dealing with insurer clients, case inception, administration of files and file closure.

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 Ministry of Justice portal cases right through to £multi-million large loss cases for insurers, self-insureds and other organisations.

Experience

No experience is necessary although experience of working in a legal services or insurance environment would be beneficial. Training, supervision and support will be provided to the successful candidate.

Progression

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 newly qualified solicitors in the costs department in the past 2 years have been offered a permanent position.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Assisting on costs dispute files
  • Undertake direct communication with third party representatives, courts and clients on the telephone in a professional and effective manner
  • Update information into the case management system as requested
  • Creation of new files on the case management system
  • Draft court documents and applications
  • Liaising with clients by telephone and by written communication
  • Complete Management Information accurately and on time valuing the importance of Service Level Agreements
  • Assist with the efficient running of the department generally
  • Perform additional responsibilities assigned by the Partnership as requested
  • To work in full compliance with the firm’s Data Protection Policy and all other policies
  • 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 all 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:

  • Be motivated and committed to providing a first class service to clients.
  • Have a positive “can do” attitude.
  • Have strong organisation skills.
  • Have excellent analytical skills with a detail-orientated approach.
  • Have the ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrate strong IT skills.
  • Be an excellent communicator and enjoy building relationships.
  • 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.
  • Be flexible with a positive attitude to change, both internally and in the context of clients' business.