The Senior Courts Costs Office (SCCO) is looking for a new principal costs officer in the wake of the retirement of Master Lambert last year. Following unsuccessful attempts to recruit from within the Civil Service, the ACL has been asked to circulate details of the position to members.
The principal costs officer is accountable for day-to-day operations across a number of functions within the SCCO and acts as a senior technical reference point, offering support and guidance to other costs officers. He or she will be paid between £51,039 and £68,969.
Among other tasks, the postholder will carry out detailed assessments of bills worth less than £110,000, conduct provisional assessments, deal with ‘box work’ relating to legal aid bills and other publicly funded cases, and oversee 12 staff.
ACL policy officer Claire Green (pictured) said: “Master Gordon-Saker has made the point to us that this step is unprecedented and it is one which we as an Association can feel justifiably proud of having brought about. It is a clear indication of the esteem in which members of the Association are held by members of the senior judiciary, and is something to be celebrated.
“It has been a long-held belief that members of this Association have much to bring to the table in an assessment environment, and not only as advocates. Here is our chance to prove our worth and by doing so continue to open doors in directions which have previously been closed to us.”
For details of the role and applying, see here.
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