Just Costs Solicitors announces promotions

Just Costs are delighted to announce the following promotions.

James Toland has been promoted to Associate.   James has been in costs for 8 years after graduating from University.  James joined Just Costs in March 2012 where he started as a Senior Negotiator, and then he became a team lead.  In December 2012 James was appointed Technical Manager for the Manchester Office.  James has negotiated files ranging in size and complexity including multi-track RTAs, commercial, clinical negligence, PPI and MOJ / Portal matters He has also advised litigants in person.

Richard Lyons has been promoted to Associate.  Richard joined the Northern Region in the autumn of 2007; he is now established himself as a key member of the team in Manchester with both colleagues and clients alike.  Richard now deals predominantly with the new Budgeting process along with drafting Bills of Costs for high value matters across the areas of PI, clinical negligence, commercial, and Court of Protection.

Nicola Brett has been promoted to Associate.  Nicola has over 12 years experience and qualified as a Costs Lawyer in 2010. She made her move to Just Costs in September 2011 as a member of the Eastern Region.  Nicola quickly established herself as a key member of the team with both colleagues and clients alike and was appointed Technical Manager for the Eastern Region in December 2012.  Nicola has experience in all aspects of costs and regularly attends detailed assessments.   Nicola leads the Eastern Region’s Costs Budgeting team with responsibility for checking all budgets and being the main point of contact for clients.

Mary Doohan has been promoted to Associate.  Mary has 12 years of experience as a cost draftsman and has worked in the Chesterfield office since it opened in 2006.   As a senior cost draftsman Mary is a key member of the team in Chesterfield and deals with high value complex matters in relation to both personal injury and commercial matters.  Mary also has the additional responsibility of being a mentor and trainer to the new graduate recruits who join the Eastern region.

Sam Hayman has been promoted to Associate.  Starting straight out of University with an LLB Sam has attained solid experience in the field of legal costs, having worked at various firms before joining Just Costs in March 2012. Although, his time in the industry is relatively brief Sam has progressed through the ranks a lot faster than most displaying a real knack for Costs Law. Traditionally Sam has dealt with a full range of high value costs matters with an emphasis on complex Catastrophic Injury and Clinical Negligence claims but since joining Just Costs has a heavy focus on Commercial cases.  Sam is part of the London Advocacy team and undertakes all aspects of this role both locally to London and nationally across the South. He is becoming well-known with our client base as he regularly attends clients for training sessions and in-house work.

Daniel Heaton has been promoted to Associate.  Daniel joined the firm in the summer of 2008 and has led the IT department, based in Manchester city centre, since 2010. Daniel oversees the IT support needs of the business, manages contractors and consultants, leads development of software and reporting, and has managed several key projects since assuming his current role.

Mark Hartigan, Client Services Director commented on the promotions – “The calibre of applications was extremely high and gave the Executive much food for thought”.

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