Joe Bernhardt

Costs Draftsman
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Joe Bernhardt is a Costs Draftsman at Express Solicitors, having joined Express Solicitors in June 2018.

Joe specialises in preparing and negotiating Costs Budgets, drafting Bills of Costs and preparing Replies to Points of Dispute on high value serious injury claims.

When asked what he likes best about his role, Joe commented “I am really passionate about what I do and try to always go that extra mile to obtain the best results for my client/the instructing Solicitor. I have an eye for detail and always look to address potential issues at an early stage whilst they are still minor issues”.

Joe went on to say “I have a keen interest and a passion in costs budgeting. I enjoy the challenge of estimating the future costs on a Precedent H which requires you to attempt to predict the future course that the case will take and the various costs that may arise as a result of this. This keeps me on my toes especially when it comes to high value complex cases with many disciplines of experts and many potential Witnesses.  What I really enjoy about this, is that every case is unique which means that you are constantly required to think out of the box and use your knowledge and experience in order to ensure that the cost budget prepared is of top quality. I also really enjoy negotiating with Defendant’s and feel a great amount of satisfaction when I have achieved a good result on settling a case.”

“My General achievements to date are gaining confidence and experience in drafting bills of costs, Costs Budgets and Replies to Points of Dispute on high value complex serious injury cases and adapting quickly to the many changes that have taken place to costs in the last five years.”

Joe currently lives in Manchester but grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. In his spare time Joe enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two children.

As result of growing up in South Africa Joe loves nature, scenery, animals and wildlife. Joe commented “I snatch every opportunity that I can to return to South Africa and experience the serene and beautiful life in the Safari. My favourite Safari is the Kruger National Park which is approximately 4 hours from Johannesburg and is one of the largest game reserves in Africa.”

“I also love interacting with animals and my highlights are having a snake wrapped around my neck and ziplining over a Crocodile enclosure. My next goal is to go elephant riding and shark cage diving!”

To wind down Joe enjoys nothing more than watching a good game of football!

Joe’s favourite quote –

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Charles R. Swindoll