Meet our team

Amanda Dickinson - Director

Amanda Dickinson / Director

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. She is responsible for on-going training in respect of legal aid matters and also undertakes in-house training for clients. Whilst working full-time she has completed a second degree in Psychology (just for fun!) and is a voluntary counsellor.

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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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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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Gavin Doody - Cost Draftsman

Gavin Doody / Cost Draftsman

Gavin joined Dickinson and Rabbitte Ltd soon after their formation in 1994, having previously worked with the Directors at a national firm of Law Costs Draftsmen. His experience includes drawing Bills of Costs, Schedules and Statements of costs; preparing Points of Dispute and Replies to Points of Dispute whilst managing a large caseload. He has extensive experience in negotiating settlement of costs, obtaining default costs certificates, requesting provisional assessment hearings / detailed assessment hearings and finalising all matters thereafter. He regularly prepares and advises upon costs budgets, as well as advising with regards to the challenges to be made to opponent’s costs budgets. Gavin frequently prepares substantial bills of costs in large multi-track claims often involving multiple parties and has recently concluded a multi-Claimant action for over £1/2 million. Gavin has experience of working in-house at client offices and is familiar with working from paperless files.

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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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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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