OFFICER LEGAL COST VALIDATION

Full-time

The Organisation requires the services of qualified individuals within its Johannesburg Regional Officer for the following position: – Officer Legal Cost Validation on a 24 Month Fixed Term Contract

 

THIS IS AN INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL ADVERTISEMENT

OFFICER LEGAL COST VALIDATION: T.A.S.K LEVEL 10 X8

OLCV29102021JHB

LOCATION: Johannesburg
CLOSING DATE & TIME: 11/9/2021 11:55 PM

Purpose of the Job: To validate and assess legal cost bills

Key Performance Areas

        Perform assessment of bills

  • Screening and checking compliance with RAF Act, Rules of Court, SLA and Applicable RAF Tariffs
  • Evaluation of bills of cost that are settled and or taxed
  • Assessment of Bills of Cost set down for taxation and those that are not set down
  • Assessment of Bills of Costs for block settlements
  • Prepare and make cost contributions and settle Bills of Cost
  • Evaluate assessor invoices and accounts in terms of the SLA and applicable tariff
  • Conduct research on case law and legal principles to keep abreast of developments
  • Preparation of executive summaries for legal cost as per threshold

  Assessment of Service Providers Bills and Invoices (Panel Attorney)

  • Evaluate and tax Advocates accounts in terms of SLA and applicable tariff
  • Evaluate Panel Attorneys files in terms of RAF tariff
  • Evaluate assessor invoice and account in terms of the SLA and applicable tariff
  • Assessment of disbursement of Experts Accounts
  • Referral of SLA breaches to panel management
  • Attend to block bookings

Attend to Taxation of Bills of Cost

  • Prepare and make offers and settle Bills of Cost
  • Attendance at Magistrate’s Court and Regional Court for taxations.
  • Attendance at High Courts for taxations.
  • Appearance before the taxing Master to argue complex legal principles governing taxations of legal costs.

         Attend to Reviews of Bills of Cost

  • Appearance before the taxing Master and the Magistrate to argue complex legal principles
  • governing taxations of legal cost
  • Prepare review documents for review proceedings in court
  • Serve review documents to opposing party citing the basis of review
  • Attend court and appear to argue the basis of review in front of Magistrate or Judge

Attend to Litigation relating to cost

  • Negotiate reasonable settlements of costs
  • Request cost payment
  • Recover extra costs where applicable and advise Management accordingly
  • Instruct panel attorneys to oppose and settle costs and cost applications
  • Provide advice to Legal department in respect of Litigation processes received
  • Updating the status of claims view note
  • Perform verification to ensure that the right payments are made to the correct Attorney

Authorization of Bills of Cost for payment

  • Attend to Fee analysis
  • Perform duplicate checks
  • Evaluation of bills of cost that is settled and or taxed
  • Process Bills of Cost that are settled and or taxed
  • Approve Bills of Cost that are settled and or taxed in terms of delegation of authority policy
  • Request payment on the system
  • Prepare the source documents to be forwarded to Finance department for checking and payment
  • Keep daily statistics of activities and trends on work allocated and work to be assessed
  • Submit daily and monthly statistics as required by Management
  • Keep record of statistics of activities and trends on work allocated and work to be assessed
  • Submit daily and monthly statistics as required by Management
  • Keep record of statistics for performance management and review
  • Attend queries from stakeholder pertaining to Bills of cost settled and outstanding payment of accounts
  • Referral of writs reports to quality assurance
  • Prepare batch report for payment department

Play advisory role and function to Claims Department, Attorney and Cost Consultants

  • Prepare and render advice to claims section, attorneys and cost consultants
  • Instruct Panel Attorneys to attend taxations on behalf of RAF in respect of courts not falling within the proximity of offices of RAF
  • Conduct research on Case Law and legal principles to keep abreast of developments

Quality assurance on writs reporting

  • Investigations, reconciliation of Writs and reporting

Qualifications and Experience

  • NQF 7 (Bachelor’s Degree or Advanced Diploma) in Law or related qualification
  • Admission as an attorney would be advantageous
  • Relevant 3 years’ experience in a Claims or Legal Cost Environment

Technical and behavioural competencies required

  • Personal mastery
  • Emotional wisdom
  • Ethics and governance
  • Customer orientation and customer focus
  • Communication (Written and Verbal)
  • Report-writing skills
  • Computer Literacy
  • Negotiation skills
  • Planning and Organizing skills
  • Analytical thinking
  • Problem solving skills
  • Administration skills
  • Team player with tenacity to work independently
  • In-depth knowledge and thorough understanding of RAF Acts
  • Attention to detail and ability to work under extreme pressure

Road Accident Fund Values

  • Integrity,
  • Compassion,
  • Accountability,
  • Respect,
  • Excellence

Remuneration

Total cost to company applicable to this position is minimum R349 998.00 per annum, negotiable.

 

NB: “RAF offers Total Employment Cost packages with no additional contributions from the Employer, successful candidates are required to structure their packages in a manner that will suit their needs”.

Closing date: 09 November 2021

Applications can be forwarded to the Recruitment Officer at Johannesburg; email address is Jhbrecruitment1@raf.co.za

INSTRUCTION TO PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS

  1. Indicate the name and the reference number for the position you are applying for on the subject line
  2. Do not submit copies of qualifications and ID as these will be requested from shortlisted candidates on the interview date
  3. Submit a short CV with a maximum of 5 pages
  4. Please indicate your current salary and salary expectations if considered for the position.

 

NB: 

The Road Accident Fund subscribes to the principles of employment equity and preference will be given to People with Disabilities.

 

  • Applicants who have not received any correspondence from us within six weeks from the closing date can consider themselves unsuccessful

     

  • Security Vetting shall be conducted on all prospective employees

     

  • It is the applicants’ responsibility to have foreign qualification evaluated by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) and to provide proof of such evaluation.