The ACL London Annual Costs Conference is back

and in person on Thursday 25 November 2021

 - This event is now sold out and we are unable to accept further bookings -

Click here to view the Conference Programme 

With new guideline hourly rates in force, an expansion of fixed costs on the agenda and a never-ending stream of important costs rulings, there is much that anyone working in the costs world needs to know about. And, at long last, you can combine it with the chance to catch up in person with friends, colleagues and even opponents from across the costs world. 

We are proud to announce that the Master of the Rolls, Sir Geoffrey Vos, is giving the keynote address, three months after approving the new guideline rates and ordering a further and more fundamental review of them in the next two years. This is an unparalleled opportunity to hear from the Head of Civil Justice on the future of costs. 

The day is packed with a host of other eminent speakers to inform, enlighten and entertain you; as ever, it will end with our popular judges panel, where you will get the chance to ask SCCO judges and regional costs judges whatever you want. 

Also back by popular demand is our black tie gala dinner – a chance to dress up and party the night away after the conference with friends and colleagues whilst enjoying a fabulous dinner at the brand new Westin London City hotel.

Our conference speakers are:

  • Keynote address by the Master of the Rolls, Sir Geoffrey Vos

  • Senior Costs Judge Andrew Gordon-Saker
  • Master Victoria McCloud
  • Master Jennifer James
  • District Judge Ian Besford
  • Kevin Latham, Deputy Costs Judge and barrister at Kings Chambers
  • Professor Dominic Regan
  • Professor Stephen Mayson, Honorary Professor, Faculty of Laws, UCL
  • Roger Mallalieu QC, 4 New Square
  • Margaret McDonald,  Deputy District Judge and Head of Civil Litigation & Costs, Kenworthy's Chambers
  • James Barrett, Costs Lawyer and Senior Legal Project Manager at Eversheds LLP
  • Rupert Cohen, Barrister, Landmark Chambers
  • Francis Kendall, Costs Lawyer and a Director with Kain Knight
  • Mersedeh Safa, Costs Lawyer, Clyde & Co LLP

Click here to 'meet the speakers' 


We hope you will be able to join us in person once again but, if the conference is unable to go ahead due to government restrictions, please be assured that payment will be refunded.

Places are strictly limited so early booking is recommended 

Delegates can claim up to 5.5 hours CPD for this event in line with their  CPD objectives. One point per hour of relevant content can be claimed.

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In Brief

  • Thursday 25 November 2021
  • Friday 12 November 2021
  • The Westin London City, 60 Upper Thames Street, London