Sophie Loxley is a Trainee Solicitor in the Costs department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in June 2015.
Sophie’s role involves dealing with the Costs Budgeting process and preparing Precedent H’s. Her main responsibilities include; preparing initial budgets and budget revisions, reviewing opponent’s budgets, entering into negotiations and dealing with costs management directions, and preparing for and attending Costs Management Hearings.
When asked what she enjoys most about her role in the Costs department, Sophie answered: “The most fulfilling part of my role is Costs negotiations, preparing Costs budgets and attending meetings. I also enjoy working closely with the fee earners in order to obtain relevant information to assist with the preparation of Costs budgets.”
Sophie has over 8 years’ experience working in legal costs. She has a varied background working for both the Claimant and Defendant in both in-house and specialist costs firms.
Since the Jackson reforms, Sophie has prepared over 200 costs budgets, including a number of very high value, complex clinical negligence and personal injury cases with multiple contingencies. Sophie understands the importance of preparing budgets in a timely fashion and complying with costs case management directions. She is a confident advocate and will be attending her own CCMCs.
Sophie gained a Law degree from Northampton University and completed an LPC part-time whilst working in a legal costs role on a full-time basis.