Membership Categories

There are five categories of membership (listed below).  In addition, any other regulated legal professional can apply to become an affiliate.

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Full member

All qualified and regulated Costs Lawyers are eligible for full membership of the ACL.

A full member is entitled to notice of, and to attend, general meetings and is entitled to vote or to be elected as an officer or council member of the Association.

A full member may indicate that he is a member of the Association and may use the Association’s logo.

Trainee member

All students working towards the ACLT's Costs Lawyer qualification are trainee members of the ACL.

A trainee member is entitled to notice of, and to attend, general meetings, but is not entitled to vote or to be elected as an officer or Council member of the Association.

A trainee member may not use any nomenclature to indicate that he is a Member of the Association, nor may he use the Association’s logo.

Affiliates

The Council may at its discretion admit as an Affiliate any person who is regulated by another authorised regulator as defined by the Legal Services Act 2007. 

An affiliate is entitled to notice of, and to attend, general meetings, but is not entitled to vote or to be elected as an officer or Council member of the Association.

An affiliate may use the nomenclature “affiliate of the Association of Costs Lawyers”, but not the nomenclature “Costs Lawyer”, and may not use the Association's logo..

Apply for Affiliate membership

Retired members

A member of the Association who no longer practices in the field of legal costs, who does not exercise a Right of Audience or a Right to Conduct Costs Litigation and who is a member at the date of his retirement shall be entitled to be a retired member of the Association.

A retired member is entitled to notice of, and to attend, general meetings, but is not entitled to vote, or to be elected as an officer or Council member of the Association.

A retired member may not use any nomenclature to indicate that he is a member of the Association, nor may he use the Association’s logo.

Honorary members

The Council may at its discretion appoint Honorary members of the Association for such period as the Council may determine.

An honorary member is entitled to notice of, and to attend, general meetings, but is not entitled to vote or to be elected as an officer or Council member of the Association.

An honorary member may not use any nomenclature to indicate that he is a member of the Association, nor may he use the Association’s logo.