Trainee Costs Draftsman (Legal Secretary Retrain Opportunity)

Job Title: Trainee Costs Draftsman (Legal Secretary Retrain Opportunity)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Greater Manchester
Salary: up to £25,000
REF: 987
Contact Name: Lucy Wickham
Contact Email:

One of Greater Manchester’s most reputable law firms is looking to take on a Trainee Costs Draftsman. This is a fantastic opportunity for a Legal Secretary who would like to retrain and move into costs. 

In this role, you will be part of a close-knit team and will handle a range of matters, mainly on behalf of the firm’s Childcare and Court of Protection departments.   

Full training will be provided and you will have plenty of other opportunities to further develop your skills and progress your career. 

Trainee Costs Draftsman (Legal Secretary Retrain) - Greater Manchester 

The company & role 

  • A down-to-earth, friendly firm with a family feel and a deep-rooted history 

  • You will be required to undertake legal costing work for various departments within the firm such as preparing and submitting bills of costs for detailed assessment 

  • The firm are committed to the continually training and developing their staff and have a long-standing tradition of promoting from within 

  • They won law firm of the year at the Manchester Legal Awards and have been awarded the Investors in People Gold accreditation  

  • Commutable from Manchester, Stockport, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, Oldham, Rochdale, High Peak 

Added extras and benefits 

  • 23 days holiday plus the ability to purchase extra days 

  • Contributory pension scheme 

  • Bonus scheme 

  • Death in service 

  • Enhanced sick pay 

The ideal candidate 

  • A Legal Secretary with some experience of working in a costs department or an interest in moving into costs work 

  • Will have knowledge of Legal Aid Agency processes, including the Legal Aid Agency Portal 

  • Will have experience in preparing, submitting and processing all types of costs drafting work in legally aided Childcare & Family cases 

  • May have dealt with Court of Protection files before 

  • Will have achieved good grades at GCSE level 

  • Will have a good attention to detail 

  • Will be happy working within a team to deadlines and targets 

How to apply for this Trainee Costs Draftsman (Legal Secretary Retrain) role  

If this sounds like the job for you, you can apply via this website by clicking ‘Apply’ above. Alternatively, to learn more about this opportunity or to register your interest, contact Lucy on 03300 245 606 or email 

Lucy is a junior consultant at Realm and works mainly on paralegal, fee-earner and assistant roles. She works with a range of law firms within the personal injury and insurance sectors across Manchester and the North West. If you are looking for a new position, Lucy is ready to help you make a move. 

Know someone else who might be suitable?  

If so, get in touch – if we find your referral a job, we’ll reward you with up to £500 in vouchers of your choice. Find out more here 

Please note: any references to salary and/or experience in our adverts are intended as a guide only. 

Realm is committed to supporting disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. Applicants are invited to contact Realm to identify any additional support they might require to enable them to make an application.