About Us

The Association of Costs Lawyers is committed to the education and support of the Costs Lawyer profession


The organisation was formed as the Association of Law Costs Draftsmen in 1977 with the object of promoting the status and interests of the profession of law costs draftsmen generally, and ensuring the maintenance of the highest professional standards.  The name of the association was changed in 2011 following the recognition of Costs Lawyers in the Legal Services Act 2007.

The association promotes and fosters an appreciation of the contribution made by Costs Lawyers within the legal profession.

Our aims include the exchange of ideas and information with other legal bodies, and the ACL is recognised as an important contributor to law reform relating to costs law and procedures.

We ensure the high standards of Costs Lawyers through our independent regulator, the Costs Lawyer Standards Board (CLSB).

The ACL is the only professional body providing recognised training and education in costs law. The ACL modular training course provides a structured training course covering all aspects of costs law and practice.


For minutes of the Association of Costs Lawyers Council and general meetings please visit the Council Minutes page.