Meet our team

Patrick Rabbitte


Patrick 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 in 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.

Patrick Rabbitte a Costs Lawyer and Director at Dickinson & Rabbitte
Amanda Dickinson a consultant at Dickinson & Rabbitte

Amanda Dickinson


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.

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 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.

Elaine Betts a Law Cost Draftsman at Dickinson & Rabbitte
Sharon Woodier a Law Cost Draftsman at Dickinson & Rabbitte

Sharon Woodier

Cost Draftsman

Sharon joined Dickinson & 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.

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.

Abi Lambton a Law Cost Draftsman at Dickinson & Rabbitte

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