Costs Paralegal / Draftsperson

Sheffield, South Yorkshire
13 Mar 2018
12 May 2018
Role Classification
Other Professional
Vacancy Type
Legal Support, Paralegal
Contract Type

Would you like to join an exciting future thinking law firm, in a role which will challenge and help you to develop your successful career in the sphere of costs?

About the role

Our Defendant Personal Injury and Products team has a reputation for delivering sound timely advice and particular expertise in large-scale litigation, multi-party actions and group actions. Its clients include government, large self-insured corporates and international organisations (non-governmental and commercial). 

The team has a costs offering for the Dispute Resolution section of the firm to include civil, commercial and Arbitral claims. We provide costs services including the preparation of costs schedules, budgets (Precedents H and R) and costs budgets for group litigation costs management to the preparation of Bills of Costs, Points of Disputes, and Replies. We appear before the SCCO, in local courts and in Arbitral matters.

The Paralegal/Draftsperson will be working on various tasks for the team. Key responsibilities will include; 

  • Having a Case Load of up to 50 costs files predominantly in the sphere of Industrial Disease and EL/PL Personal Injury
  • Deal with individual costs instructions from the wider CMS Teams for civil, commercial and Arbitral claims
  • Drafting Bills of Costs, Points of Dispute and Replies
  • Drafting Precedent H Costs Budgets and assisting with preparation of Precedent R Reports
  • Drafting Schedules of Costs
  • Analyse and negotiate costs settlements 

About you

You will have previous costs paralegal/draftsperson experience (minimum 6 months working in costs) with excellent organisational skills and exceptional communication skills; who can interact with Partners and Fee earners. You will also have:

  • Client care skills (telephone, email and face to face) 
  • Excellent time management skills/ability to prioritise conflicting deadlines
  • Experience of managing own matters 
  • Ability to work well in a team 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel

About us

CMS is an international law firm with market leading businesses throughout Europe, The Middle East, Asia and beyond.

Ranked as the world’s 6th largest law firm by lawyer headcount and 6th largest in the UK by revenue, CMS works with clients in 42 countries from 74 offices worldwide. 

A future facing law firm CMS is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence.  We are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of delivering legal services. And we recruit, value and nurture top talent.

Equal opportunities

CMS is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment, to not only adhere to current employment law, but to harness the full potential of our staff and ensure that all individuals are treated fairly and with respect. To meet this aim CMS endeavours to treat all staff and job applicants equally, on the basis of merit and the ability to do their job. Everybody will be treated equally regardless of race, colour, age, religion or belief, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital or civil partner status, ethnic or national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or maternity status (“Protected Characteristics”). 

For further information about CMS’ diversity initiatives and programmes, please click here to view the diversity pages on our website. 

How to apply

If you are interested please apply online. If you have any queries, please contact Tahira Choudhry, Recruitment Advisor.

Please note that CMS have a preferred agency panel in place. Only applications submitted via the portal at the point of instruction will be accepted. 

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