Press Releases

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13 July 2020

ACL backs Senior Costs Judge’s ruling on VAT in budgeting work

The Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) has welcomed the ruling of the Senior Costs Judge that the costs of budgeting and costs management do not include VAT. The decision is important in ensuring that Costs Lawyers are properly remunerated... view

17 April 2020

ACL backs move to change way guideline hourly rates are set

The Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) has welcomed news that the guideline hourly rates (GHR) are to be reviewed and also backed a call to revert to the old system of setting them locally. It has emerged that, with the agreement of the Mas... view

05 March 2020

Electronic bill of costs set to be extended, ACL roundtable hears

The electronic bill of costs is here to stay and the Senior Costs Judge is keen to extend its use, starting with Court of Protection bills, a high-level roundtable organised by the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) has heard. The bill has... view

16 December 2019

Costs Lawyers call for review of guideline hourly rates

Costs Lawyers say there is an urgent need to review the guideline hourly rates – the baseline figures used by judges to assess the fees charged by solicitors, a survey has found. The poll also showed continuing signs of improvement in... view

18 November 2019

Training route to becoming a Costs Lawyer reopens

The Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) is on the hunt for the next generation of costs professionals after reopening its training scheme for the first time in three years. It has also made it more straightforward to existing legal professio... view