Application forms

All our application forms are now online. If you cannot complete the online forms (for example, due to a disability), please contact us and alternative arrangements will be made for you.

For speed and ease of use most of our applications are pre-populated with as many of the required fields as possible, using the information we already hold for you. You can amend anything that has changed during the application process. Applications are personal to you and should not be shared with other Costs Lawyers.

Some applications are emailed to you automatically and do not need to be requested:

  • Applications to renew practising certificates for the next year will be emailed to all currently practising Costs Lawyers in November each year.
  • Applications to renew accreditation to provide CPD training will be sent to Accredited Costs Lawyers about a month before their current accreditation period expires.
  • Applications for a first practising certificate will be sent to newly qualified Costs Lawyers as soon as we are notified of qualification.

If you have mislaid the email containing your application link please contact us to request a new one.

To make one of the following applications, please click the relevant link below:


Application for Reinstatement
Use this form to apply for a practising certificate part-way through the practising year


Application for the removal of a condition on practising to complete Qualifying Experience
Use this form to submit your evidence on completion of Qualifying Experience


Application to be an Accredited Costs Lawyer
Use this form to apply for accreditation to deliver CPD training if you are not currently accredited


Application for a Certificate of Good Standing
Use this form to request a Certificate of Good Standing

Application process

The application forms work best on a desktop or laptop computer. If you are completing the form on a tablet please be aware that you might need to upload documents as part of the process.

When you open your form, your personal data will remain available on the device you are using for around half an hour. To protect your data, please ensure you log off if you are using a shared or public device. Once you submit your form, all data will be deleted from your device.

An invoice will be generated during the application process, and emailed to you, together with a copy of your application, on submission of your application. During your application you can enter an order number or finance reference to appear on the invoice if required. Please use the invoice to arrange payment. Your application is not complete until we receive payment.

Additional resources

Information about applying for a practising certificate can be found on our practising certificates page.

Information about applying for accreditation to provide CPD training can be found on our accreditation to provide CPD training page.

Application forms for foreign qualified lawyers who wish to practise as a Costs Lawyer in England and Wales can be found on our foreign qualified Costs Lawyers page.

Forms relating to CPD, including a suggested template for planning and recording your CPD, can be found on our CPD page