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03 March 2017
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ACL Training appoints BPP University founder as first chair

Leading legal educationalist Professor Carl Lygo has been appointed as the first non-executive chair of ACL Training (ACLT), the Association of Costs Lawyers’ independent training arm.

Professor Lygo is founder of BPP University, where he is the Vice-Chancellor and also chief executive of the multi-national BPP Professional Education Group.  He will be chairing the management board of ACLT, the sole provider of the Costs Lawyer qualification, which also runs training courses for ACL members and for the wider legal profession.


Carl will be working alongside the current executive team, led by head of education Kirsty Allison, to ensure that ACLT continues to provide top-quality training for students, Costs Lawyers and other legal professionals, and to further develop the ACLT offering.


A qualified barrister, Professor Lygo has three decades of experience in legal education, mainly in the training of solicitors and barristers. He taught law at Leeds University, Leeds Metropolitan University, City University and London Guildhall University before joining BPP Law School in 1996. Under his leadership, BPP was granted ‘university college’ status and in 2013 full university status. In 2009, Professor Lygo was appointed group chief executive officer for BPP Professional Education, which currently provides professional education in 186 different countries with employees based in 56 countries.


Professor Lygo says: “My passion is the education of the professions so when I knew that the ACL was looking for somebody to help with the development of their legal education arm, I thought this was a natural fit for my experience.


“I am incredibly impressed with the work that Kirsty Allison and her team at ACLT have been doing. I think I can help take it to the next level and make use of my general business experience to develop ACLT further.


“Over my three decades in legal education, the professions have always faced massive change. We now face a cocktail of change from the regulatory side, technology and civil procedure reforms/fixed costs. Education plays a vital role in equipping the next generation with the advanced skills to confidently meet those changes and prosper.


Francis Kendall, Vice-Chair of the ACL, says: “Carl has an excellent reputation in the field of legal education and training and has had great success in turning BPP Law School into one of the country’s top legal education institutions. ACLT will benefit from his huge academic and commercial expertise.”


Professor Lygo has held a number of non-executive roles, including appointments by the Lord Chief Justice to the Judicial Studies Board advisory committee and the General Chiropractic Council.



For further information, please contact: Kerry Jack, Black Letter Communications

Tel: 020 3567 1208,

Notes to editors:

Association of Costs Lawyers

The Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) is a membership body representing and promoting the status and interests of Cost Lawyers in England and Wales. Founded in 1977, the Association was granted authorised body status in 2007 and is a front-line regulator, able to authorise its members to undertake the reserved legal activities of litigation and advocacy. In recognition of this new-found status, ACL changed its name from the Association of Law Costs Draftsmen in 2011. Costs Lawyers are regulated by the Costs Lawyer Standards Board.

The term ‘costs draftsman’ denotes an unregulated and unqualified person operating in costs and those who instruct costs draftsmen have no recourse to either the Legal Ombudsman or the Costs Lawyer Standards Board.


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