Foreign qualified Costs Lawyers

The UK is no longer a member of the European Union. This means that if you are a Costs Lawyer who is qualified in the EU, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, you will need to take steps to ensure you can practise in England and Wales following the transition period that ends on 1 January 2021.

Specifically, you will need to take one of the following actions, depending on the legal services you provide and your business model:

  • requalify as a Costs Lawyer with the CLSB, if you want to provide reserved legal activities under routes for non-EU lawyers
  • register as a Registered Foreign Lawyer with a different legal services regulator (such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority), if you do not want to provide reserved legal activities, but want to work jointly with a UK lawyer
  • work under the supervision of a UK lawyer
  • only undertake unreserved legal activities

Swiss Costs Lawyers benefit from a longer transition period, up to 2024, under the UK-Switzerland Separation Agreement.

For the most up-to-date information about how EU lawyers will be able to practise in the UK from 2021 onward, you can use the resources on the Ministry of Justice website.

Current mutual recognition rules

Our existing mutual recognition rules apply to nationals of the EU, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland until the end of the transition period on 1 January 2021.

Under these rules, a European qualified Costs Lawyer (costs law practitioner) has the right to apply to the CLSB to provide costs law services in England and Wales either:

• on a temporary or occasional basis; or

• on a permanent basis, whether employed or self-employed

To apply for recognition under these rules, use the resources below.

Mutual recognition rules after 1 January 2021

We have prepared regulatory arrangements that will apply following the transition period, from 1 January 2021 onward. These rules will not, however, be finalised until the outcome of ongoing negotiations between the UK and EU is known. We therefore have not published the proposed new regulatory arrangements here.

If you are a European Costs Lawyer and would like to discuss the likely changes that will apply from 1 January 2021, or discuss your options for practising in the UK in general, please contact us and we can assist you.

This page will be kept under review during 2020.


The names of any European Costs Lawyers providing costs law services in England and Wales under our mutual recognition arrangements will appear here, when applicable.