Persons seeking legal redress have to incur extra costs apart from meeting the lawyer’s professional fee. Unfortunately many people are unaware of such charges and get shocked once they receive their bills. These additional fees include the court fees, filing fees, witness allowances which may include expert fees.
In the process of a law suit one can seek the services of a law cost draftsman whose responsibilities and expertise revolve around any conceivable type of legal matter that touches on costs. However one should note that law cost draftsmen may attract salary equivalent to that of a legal executive. They are mostly involved where there is need for accurate assessment for legal cost.
Law costs draftsman can be very useful to solicitors. They are mostly involved in three areas which include but not limited to: first in solicitors and client cost, whereby cost payable by a client to his solicitor and in a case where the client may be uncomfortable with the amount charged to him by the lawyer applying to the court for the demand for payment to be assessed. These is where a law cost draftsman services may be required upon courts instructions for them to prepare a formal bill of costs that will be presented in court and also advice on the procedure while at the same time if need be they argue in support in opposition of the bill if they find that the lawyer is justified to charge the specified amount.
The second instance cost draftsman get involved is where an unsuccessful plaintiff is ordered by the court to cater for the winners’ legal cost or whereby agreement cannot be agreed upon amicably on which party to shoulder the cost. Upon this occurrence where negotiations fail a costs draftsman is instructed to draft a formal bill which is then served. These becomes a beginning of another legal process as the paying party must present areas of conflict while at the same time the receiving party if willing may reply before the bill the is lodged at the court and a detailed assessment takes place. The proceeding arguments in the court end when the court cost officer gives a rational judgment. Summarily, the cost draftsman prepares the formal bill and draft replies to points of dispute and attends any subsequent assessment hearing.
The third area where costs lawyers come in handy is when a lawyer represents a client who enjoys the benefits of legal aid requiring a formal bill so that the costs maybe assessed by the court or the legal service commission.
Just Costs Solicitors in the UK leads specializes in cots and is regulated by the Solicitors Authority. They have high skilled costs lawyers in London, Manchester, Leeds and chesterfield who specialize in commercial litigation, clinical negligence and personal injury costs.