Meet our team

Patrick Rabbitte - Director

Patrick Rabbitte / Director

Patrick is Amanda’s Co-Director. He is a skilled Costs Lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in the industry. As a Costs Lawyer he is regulated by the Costs Lawyer Standards Board, and is a member of the Association of Costs Lawyers. He specialises in all civil matters and is often involved drawing complex clinical negligence and Brain Injury cases, attending Detailed Assessment hearings and undertaking settlement negotiations. Over the last couple of years he also has been involved in preparing Costs Budgets. He is responsible for staff training in respect of civil matters. He enjoys both playing and watching most sports.

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Amanda Dickinson - Director

Amanda Dickinson / Consultant

Amanda graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 1990 with a First Class Honours Degree and began her training as a Law Cost Draftsmen shortly thereafter, being very much encouraged and mentored by her late father-in-law, District Judge Eric Dickinson. She subsequently became an Associate of the Association of Law Cost Draftsmen and has over 25 years’ experience in the field of costs. She is able to deal with all types of costs claims, both between the parties and publicly funded, but specialises in civil negotiations and complex VHCC cases. As from May 2019 Amanda is no longer a Director of Dickinson & Rabbitte, but continues to be closely involved with the company on a consultancy basis.

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Elaine Betts - Cost Draftsman

Elaine Betts / Cost Draftsman

Elaine has worked for Dickinson & Rabbitte as a Cost Draftsman since 1996, and has the flexibility of being able to cost any type of case. She specialises in between the parties PI cases including drafting Bills of Costs and Schedules, undertaking negotiations and the preparation of Replies/Points of Dispute and preparing documents for Detailed and Provisional Assessments. She also has extensive experience of publicly funded matters including the preparation of High Cost Case Plans and Judicial Review Bills of Costs. Her experience includes preparing Bills of Costs and High Cost Case Plans from Solicitors’ paperless files and she has often worked in-house when required on Solicitors’ own paperless systems. Outside of work, Elaine is an eternal optimist, supporting the England football team both home and abroad.

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Sharon Woodier - Cost Draftsman

Sharon Woodier / Cost Draftsman

Sharon joined Dickinson and Rabbitte back in 1997 as an Administrator and has invaluable IT skills. It quickly became apparent that she had an excellent eye for detail and a keen interest in the bill preparation and she subsequently changed roles to become a Cost Draftsman, working primarily with legal aid cases. In her spare time Sharon is a Flight Sergeant at her local RAF Air Cadets unit; she is a qualified Youth First Aid Instructor and also enjoys reading and the occasional cup of hot chocolate.

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Abi Lambton - Cost Draftsman

Abi Lambton / Cost Draftsman

Abi graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2011 with a First Class Degree in English and Creative Writing. She joined Dickinson and Rabbitte in 2012 after spending a summer teaching English as a Foreign Language. Although initially trained in legal aid only, it quickly became clear that Abi was extremely competent and she was soon fast-tracked to deal with high value civil matters. As the youngest member of the costing team Abi has worked hard to learn quickly and to ensure that the standard of her work matches that of the more experienced members of the team. When she isn’t at her desk, she enjoys reading, writing short stories, playing classical guitar and live music. She is currently learning Finnish.

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Mary & Paula - Office Administrators

Mary & Paula / Office Administrators

Mary and Paula share the role of office administrator and are invaluable in ensuring the efficient and smooth running of our busy office.

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