Costs Draftsman, Bristol

Job Description


Costs Draftsman


Paragon Costs Solutions

Line Manager

Claire Tomlin & a Practice Area Specialist (to be allocated)

Principal Office


Date Effective

01 June 2015


Purpose of role

This is an important and challenging new role that will work within a dynamic, hard-working and expanding team, employed to provide a complete costs service to its clients.


Key Responsibilities



To provide legal services to clients

Deliver an effective and commercially focused complete costs service to its clients including; preparing bills, statements, schedules, estimates and risk management.

Participate in effective negotiation processes, constructive commercial and cost effective advice, responsible for points of dispute and replies. To provide sound and accurate advice to clients.

Effective and accurate application of Civil Procedure Rules and SRA/CLSB Code of Conduct.

Business Development

To play a supporting role to more senior team members in the marketing initiatives and business development projects, to promote the team, to maintain and develop existing client relationships and to assist with attracting/targeting new clients and referrals nationwide.

Wider responsibilities

To support and contribute the implementation of the Team’s Business Plan and to achieve the goals and objectives.


To achieve billing and chargeable hours targets, to control disbursements and debt.


To comply with:-

  • All internal regulations, to include the procedures set out in the Firm’s Office Manual.
  • All professional obligations.
  • The requirements set by The Law Society, Solicitors Regulation Authority and Association of Costs Lawyers.


To fulfil the requirements of the Training Regulations set by any professional body to which you may belong, in order to improve the personal development of the Fee Earner and to provide a quality legal service.


Key Attributes





  • GCSE Maths and English (min grade C)
  • Legal qualification advantageous but not essential  
  • Microsoft office literate
  • A keen commitment to commencing formal training by way of the Association of Costs Lawyers and further Continuous Professional Development in the Costs Profession


  • Legal experience advantageous.
  • Use of financial and case management software advantageous.


  • Knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules and SRA Code of Conduct advantageous
  • Knowledge of costs law advantageous


  • A drive for legal knowledge and development of legal skills


An excellent communicator, speaks clearly at all levels with confidence; effective negotiator; listens well; responds well to questions.

Writes clearly and effectively; designs effective communications media.

Business Acumen

Has an understanding about the needs of the business and the clients and be able to apply relevant costs regulations and procedures to the business objectives. 


Prioritises and plans work activities; manages competing demands; multi-tasks; completes tasks on time.

Flexible in attitude and approach to work, supporting the delivery of both individual and team demands together.

Excellent attention to detail.

Problem solving

Takes a sound practical and commercial approach to problem solving, judgements and decision making, ensuring the right people are included in this process.


Highly numerate and can present cost information in a clear and concise way

IT Skills

Can use Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint well.

Has a strong ability to learn/use financial and costs specialist IT systems.

Required travel

The role will require occasional travel to client's offices.


Fit enough to perform the role


Smart and professional at all times




Culture and philosophy

Culture and philosophy


Paragon Costs has a unique and valued culture. Applicants should not apply if they cannot identify strongly with every one of the culture standards set out below:


  1. We show appreciation wherever it is due – to staff, clients and indeed competitors.
  2. We work in teams, and as a team overall. Personal ambition is expressed through team achievement.
  3. We take care to show consideration for those with whom we have contact – internally and externally.
  4. We are open and honest at all times. Honesty means not being afraid to admit uncertainty or a mistake.
  5. We will give our people opportunity, and expect them to take responsibility.
  6. Our people seek Personal achievement, improvement and development at all levels and at all times.


This role specification is not exhaustive; any task that is deemed suitable and relevant to the role may be required by the supervisor.  This specification will be reviewed regularly and may be revised to suit the firm’s requirements.



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