CLSB

Cost of regulation

  • Practising certificate fees

    The CLSB became Approved Regulator under delegated authority of the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) on 31 October 2011. For practising year 2012, a Costs Lawyer paid one combined fee of £450.00 for their practising certificate and ACL membership. £250.00 of that combined fee was allocated to the CLSB to fund all its regulatory activities (compliance with the Legal Services Act 2007 and payment of the Legal Services Board and Legal Ombudsman annual levy per regulated Costs Lawyer).

    For practising year 2013 and onwards, the fee for a practising certificate and ACL membership were separated as ACL is a voluntary membership organisation.

    Tax relief on a Costs Lawyer Practising Certificate Fee
    Statutory Instrument: The Income Tax (Professional Fees) Order 2013

    The above SI became effective on 10 May 2013 which added “fees payable to the Costs Lawyer Standards Board on applying for a costs lawyer practising certificate” to the table of fees qualifying for tax relief under S.343 Income Tax (Earnings & Pensions) Act 2003.

    Practising Certificate Fee History


    Year
    Practising Certificate Fee % Change
    2012 £250.00 0%
    2013 £250.00 0%
    2014 £250.00 0%
    2015 £250.00 0%
    2016 £250.00 0%
    2017 £250.00 0%
    2018 £250.00 0%
  • Costs of CLSB

    Costs of Costs Lawyer Standards Board (CLSB)

    Year

    No. Regulated at 1 April

    Income

    Expenditure Inc. HC to Reserves

    Net Reserves

    2013 563 £142,901 £130,144 £35,000
    2014 562 £147,488 £143,528 £45,000
    2015 598 £157,197 £139,711 £65,000
    2016 632 £163,406 £176,820 £85,000
    2017 620 £167,519 £160,994 £94,941

    *CEO remuneration net of employer pension

    Year

    *CEO Remuneration at 1 Jan

    Chair Remuneration at 1 Jan

    Board Member (x4) Attendance day rate

    2013 46,350 6,000 £250.00
    2014 46,950 6,000 £250.00
    2015 46,950 6,000 £250.00
    2016 48,905 6,240 £269.00
    2017 64,459 7,245 £320.00
    2018 65,750 7,390 £327.00
  • LSB levy

    Legal Services Board (LSB) Levy

    The LSB recovers its annual operating costs under The Legal Services Act 2007 (Levy) (No. 2) Rules 2010. The contribution payable by the CLSB towards those annual operating costs is determined by the number of regulated Costs Lawyers as at 1 April each year.
    In April 2014, the LSB announced it was seeking a statutory instrument under which the CLSB would be liable to pay a minimum levy of £3,000 for years 2014-2015 onwards.

    Year LSB levy What this equates to per
    Costs Lawyer
    1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012 £13,189 411 CL = £32.09
    1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013 £16,164 565 CL = £28.61
    1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014 £14,280 563 CL = £25.36
    1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015 £13,860 562 CL = £24.66
    1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 £12,936 598 CL = £21.63
    1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 £12,008 632 CL = £19.00
    1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 £11,699 620 CL = £18.87
  • LeO levy

    Legal Ombudsman (LeO) Levy

    The Legal Services Board (LSB) recovers its annual operating costs under The Legal Services Act 2007 (Levy) (No. 2) Rules 2010, this includes the operating costs of LeO. The contribution payable by the CLSB towards the operating costs of LeO is determined by the number of Costs Lawyer service complaints received in the course of the reference period rather than numbers of regulated Costs Lawyers.

    In April 2014, the LSB announced it was seeking a statutory instrument under which the CLSB would be liable to pay a minimum levy of £5,000 to LeO for year 2014-2015 onwards.

    Year LeO levy What this equates to per
    Costs Lawyer
    1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012 £1,211 411 CL = £2.95
    1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013 £1,135 565 CL = £2.01
    1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014 £1,043 563 CL = £1.85
    1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015 £5,000 562 CL = £8.90
    1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 £5,000 598 CL = £8.36
    1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 £5,000 632 CL = £7.91
    1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 £5,000 620 CL = £8.06
    1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 £5,000 662 CL = £7.55