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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.