CLSB Mark of Accreditation – Terms of Use

Who may use the Mark of Accreditation

  1. An Accredited Costs Lawyer who holds a current accreditation certificate is permitted to use the trademark LOGO set out at Schedule 1 (the Mark of Accreditation), unless that permission has been revoked in accordance with clause 16.
  2. No other person may use the Mark of Accreditation without the prior written authorisation of the Costs Lawyer Standards Board Ltd (CLSB) as proprietor of the trademark.

Licence to use the Mark of Accreditation

  1. Usage of the Mark of Accreditation is by way of licence granted by the CLSB. These Terms of Use create and govern that licence.
  2. A Costs Lawyer who is permitted under clause 1 to use the Mark of Accreditation, and who does in fact use the Mark of Accreditation, is referred to in these terms as a Licensee.
  3. The licence created by these terms is a royalty free, non-exclusive, non-assignable, non-transferable and non-sublicensable licence to use the Mark of Accreditation within the United Kingdom.
  4. An accreditation fee paid by a Licensee shall be, amongst other things, consideration for grant of the licence.
  5. A Licensee shall not obtain or claim any rights, title or interest in the Mark of Accreditation except as set out in these terms.
  6. Any infringement of the intellectual property rights in the Mark of Accreditation shall be dealt with by the CLSB at its sole discretion. A Licensee shall not be entitled to bring proceedings under section 30 of the Trade Marks Act 1994.

Using the Mark of Accreditation

  1. The Mark of Accreditation identifies a Licensee as accredited by the CLSB to provide training in costs law and practice. The CLSB accredits only qualified Costs Lawyers with a current practising certificate issued by the CLSB to provide training.
  2. The Mark of Accreditation is for use by Licensees as individual practitioners, for example on business cards, email signatures and letterhead.
  3. The Mark of Accreditation may be used by businesses or organisations that employ Licensees at a Licensee’s direction, for example on a website or in promotional material, only where such use does not create a misleading impression about the status of any organisation, person or service. The question of whether a particular use of the Mark of Accreditation creates a misleading impression shall be determined by the CLSB at its sole discretion.
  4. The Mark of Accreditation should be used in its registered colour (CMYK C78, M48, Y0, K0) and format as set out in Schedule 1.
  5. A Licensee must use all reasonable endeavours to create, promote and retain goodwill in the Mark of Accreditation, including by complying with prevailing regulatory rules applicable to an Accredited Costs Lawyer. Any goodwill acquired in the Mark of Accreditation belongs to the CLSB.
  6. A Licensee must not:
  • adopt or use a trademark, symbol or device LOGO OR SYMBOL which incorporates or is confusingly similar to the Mark of Accreditation;
  • apply in the United Kingdom to register a mark identical to the Mark of Accreditation or so nearly resembling the Mark of Accreditation that it is likely to cause confusion;
  • do or permit to be done any act which could jeopardise or invalidate the registration of the Mark of Accreditation;
  • use the Mark of Accreditation as part of a trading name or style;
  • use the Mark of Accreditation in a way that is contrary to law or regulation;
  • take any action which would bring the Mark of Accreditation into disrepute;
  • otherwise misuse the Mark of Accreditation or permit another person or organisation to misuse the Mark of Accreditation.
  1. A Licensee shall be liable for any loss, damage, costs and expenses incurred by the CLSB arising out of:
  • use or misuse of the Mark of Accreditation;
  • services provided by the Licensee;
  • non-compliance with these terms.

Stopping use

  1. The CLSB may, by written notice (which includes email), revoke with immediate effect a person’s permission to use the Mark of Accreditation upon failure to comply with these terms. Where the person is a Licensee, this will have the effect of terminating the Licensee’s licence to use the Mark of Accreditation and all rights granted to the Licensee under these terms shall cease immediately.
  2. In accordance with clause 1, a person will no longer be a Licensee if they cease to hold a current accreditation certificate and their name no longer appears on the Register of Accredited Costs Lawyers.
  3. The CLSB may withdraw the Mark of Regulation from use, in which case it will give Accredited Costs Lawyers reasonable prior notice by appropriate means, and any licence created under these terms shall terminate upon the publicised date of the withdrawal.
  4. A Licensee shall stop using the Mark of Accreditation if the circumstances described in clauses 16, 17 or 18 apply to them.
  5. Termination of a licence by the CLSB or a Licensee, for whatever reason, shall have no effect on any existing rights or claims that the CLSB may have against the Licensee and shall not relieve the Licensee from fulfilling obligations that accrued prior to termination.


  1. Nothing in these terms shall be construed as establishing an agency, partnership or similar relationship between the CLSB and a Licensee.
  2. These terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

Schedule 1