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Train to be a Costs Lawyer

The role of the costs lawyer has developed over the years into a highly specialised area of law which continues to grow and develop. There are many aspects to a costs lawyer’s expertise, historically derived from three main areas: 

  • costs between the parties;
  • solicitor and client costs; and
  • public funding. 

Qualifying as a Costs Lawyer

There are two elements to qualifying as a Costs Lawyer. The first element is the completion of a level 6 academic qualification and the second element is a 3 year period of qualifying employment. Trainees will study core areas of law and practice and upon completion will be required to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of costs law.

For more information about qualification please view the documents below.

ACL Training Costs Lawyer Qualification Prospectus

CLSB Training and CPD Rules

Costs Lawyer Qualification Syllabus

Entry Requirements

The minimum age for a Trainee Costs Lawyer with ACL Training is 18. Before study can be commenced on the programme students must provide documentary evidence of the required qualifications.

ACL Training Costs Lawyer Qualification Entry Requirements


An application for the ACL Training Costs Lawyer Course must be completed and submitted to the Head of Operations of the ACL by 30 June in the year of intended study (with study to commence in September of that year). Applications after 30 June may not be considered until the following year.

ACL Training Costs Lawyer Qualification Application Form


The aim of the ACL Training exemption policy is to acknowledge appropriate prior learning equivalent to modules in the Costs Lawyer qualification. This is to ensure that students do not need to repeat learning that they have gained previously.

ACL Training Exemption Policy

ACL Training Exemption Application Form

Course Costs - 2017/2018

The first year programme will cost £2,500 plus VAT, with a similar commitment for years two and three.  As well as all materials, tutorial support, compulsory seminars, a compulsory revision course and exam, the fee also includes student membership of the ACL.

Other Information

Further information about the ACL can be provided by:

Diane Pattenden

Association of Costs Lawyers

Herringborne House

Lion Road, Palgrave,

Diss, Norfolk, IP22 1AL

Tel: 0203 174 0967

DX: 42520 Diss