Costs Lawyer: The Benefits of Instructing a Costs Lawyer

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What is a Costs Lawyer?


A costs lawyer is a highly qualified legal professional who specialises in dealing with all aspects of legal costs. Cost Lawyers have attained rights of audience and rights to conduct costs litigation. A Cost Lawyer can advise on all types of legal costs, including litigation costs, legal aid costs, and the costs of legal services, such as barrister fees and solicitor fees.

Under the Legal Services Act 2007, Costs Lawyers must be regulated by the Costs Lawyer Standards Board (CLSB), and they must adhere to a strict code of conduct. All Costs Lawyers must carry professional indemnity insurance , and they are required to become a member of the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) in order to practise as a costs lawyers and to undertake continuous professional development.

To qualify in the legal costs work, legal professionals must undertake a three-year modular training course alongside three years of supervised legal costs practice, such as working as a Law Costs Draftsman.


What Are the Benefits of Instructing a Costs Lawyer? 


Cost Lawyers and Costs Draftsmen are highly regarded within the legal profession as they are specialists in all matters relating to the area of costs. Instructing a Costs Lawyer or Draftsman will not only save you a lot of time and hassle, but it will also allow you to put all your legal costs issues in the hands of legal costs specialists.

The legal costs services our dedicated team of costs specialists provide include:

  • Drafting bills of costs and schedules of costs
  • Drafting costs budgets
  • Advising on costs budgets presented by an opposing party
  • Drafting points of dispute and points of reply
  • Advising on and preparing claims for costs from public funding (Legal Aid)
  • Advising on retainers and fee arrangements between clients and their legal advisors
  • Advising on disputes between solicitors and their clients

At Legal Practice Support, our legal costs professionals specialise in working digitally, which means that our legal executives can offer their legal costs services to law firms and litigants in persons up and down the country on a remote basis. Our digital approach provides a more efficient method for dealing with legal costs by reducing the need for passing bulky files back and forth and eliminating time wasted on printing and transporting documents.


How Can Legal Practice Support Help?


At Legal Practice Support, we have a team of qualified Costs Lawyers and Law Costs Draftsmen with extensive experience in all aspects of legal costs. Our qualified Lawyers are regulated by the CLSB, and they carry professional indemnity insurance, as required by all Costs Lawyers in England and Wales.

Our highly experienced team can assist in all matters relating to legal costs, whether you are the receiving part or the paying party. We have assisted clients on a wide range of cases, including cases taking place in the Court of Protection, as well as cases involving personal injury and clinical negligence.

If you want to find out more about how Legal Practice Support can help you with any matters relating to solicitor or client costs, you can contact our Costs Director, Robert Collington, via email on or by telephone on 01204 930234. You can also get in touch with us using our contact form.


Satisfied client stories

"Since we first began utilising the services of Legal Practice Support, we have seen a dramatic improvement in the capabilities of our Proclaim system. The system has seen substantial enhancements with regards to automation; tasks that previously could take staff hours, can now be completed within minutes."

Mark Brierley

Director, Beacon Law

"Prior to their (Legal Practice Support) involvement, we had little to no reporting; and what we did have was generally manually accumulated data on spreadsheets. Since Legal Practice Support began enhancing our system, they have enabled us to receive key management information as and when required, which allows us to evaluate key areas of the business, as well as provide overviews of fee earners' case progression and their performance amongst other things."

Mr L Ali

Director, Hunter Price Khan

" We have had the out of the box Proclaim system for many years, and whilst we were content with its performance, it wasn't until we utilised the services of Legal Practice Support to help streamline and automate our workflows that we really saw its potential to save time and money by maximising the efficiency of our workflows."


Yasar Ali

Clarity Solicitors

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