Costs Negotiator


Leonard House - Birkenhead

REFERENCE: 07/23/58
CLOSING DATE: 3/16/2020 12:00:00 AM

Job Purpose:

The position will involve working within the firms Technical Costs Department – reviewing fixed costs files, considering and making offers, negotiating a settlement, preparing costs schedules and negotiating costs, predominantly RTA. The role involves:

  • Reviewing and negotiating costs and bringing cases to a conclusion in a timely manner
  • Drafting N260 Costs Schedules, Replies and Part 8 Proceedings when necessary
  • Liaising with fee earners and management
  • Providing assistance to other team members as and when required

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manage a caseload of RTA Claimant fixed costs cases
  • Ensure that the quality of work produced is to the highest standard
  • Reviewing cost schedules/bills with a view to negotiating Claimants costs, generally disputed fixed costs cases, and settling costs files in a timely manner from cradle to grave
  • Negotiating settlement of costs and reporting terms of the settlement
  • Preparing bills and/or replies to points of dispute
  • Drafting Part 8 Proceedings
  • Proceeding with matters to a Provisional Assessment
  • Dealing with Third-Party Solicitors and insurers on a day to day basis
  • Maintaining the highest client care standards
  • Administrative duties within the department

Experience & Knowledge:

  • An experienced costs handler with at least 3 years’ handling experience in the costs/costs recovery
  • Ability to compile and analyse data and take action according to the results
  • Commercially minded, and able to see opportunities to optimise outcomes on cases, both for the client and the firm
  • Ability and willingness to learn and develop skills and costs knowledge
  • Good telephone manner


  • High standard of quality of work, organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience in presenting data to an audience in a straightforward way
  • Strong communication skills and ability to lead by example. Confidence to challenge accepted working practices and offer solutions
  • Maintain a positive attitude, self-motivated and uses own initiative in problem-solving
  • Resilient - able to deal with a fast-paced changing environment whilst still achieving objectives, and motivating team to do so

Costs Negotiator

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