Data about Costs Lawyers

We hold various types of data about the Costs Lawyer profession. We collect and analyse this data for a variety of purposes, such as:

  • understanding the nature of our regulated community, including the service that Costs Lawyers provide, the challenges they face and how they interact with consumers and the public
  • identifying areas of risk so that we can tailor our regulatory interventions accordingly
  • monitoring the diversity of the profession and barriers to entry, promotion or inclusion
  • supervising compliance with our regulatory rules
  • sharing intelligence with other organisations, such as the Association of Costs Lawyers, to help with initiatives for the benefit of Costs Lawyers and the public

Some of the data we hold is collated regularly and published on this webpage for everyone to use. If you have any questions about our data, or would like to discuss accessing other specific types of data that we might hold, please contact us.

Regulatory return data

Each year we collect data from all Costs Lawyers about the nature of their practice. We do this by asking Costs Lawyers to complete a regulatory return when they apply for their practising certificate on an annual basis.

Data that has been obtained from the regulatory return in previous years is published in our monitoring report.

Diversity and inclusion data

In order to meet our obligations under the Legal Services Act 2007 to promote a strong and diverse Costs Lawyer profession, we carry out regular diversity and inclusion surveys. Since 2020, the surveys have been conducted annually with Costs Lawyers being asked to provide diversity information when applying for their practising certificate.

Data from the most recent diversity and inclusion survey is published in our survey report.

We also collect diversity data from students who enrol in the Costs Lawyer Qualification. Data for the 2020 student intake is now available.

Coronavirus impact data

As the coronavirus crisis develops, we will be collecting data about the impact of the pandemic on Costs Lawyers and their clients. Data from our May 2020 survey of the profession is published in our coronavirus survey report.

Service complaints data

We work with the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) to monitor the nature and volume of complaints made about Costs Lawyers. LeO provides us with data about open complaints on a quarterly basis. Once a complaint is determined, the outcome is published by LeO on its website. LeO’s complaints data can be accessed through its online data centre.

Personal data

When we collate and publish data about the Costs Lawyer profession, we ensure that it is anonymised and doesn’t identify individual Costs Lawyers. You can find out more about how we use your personal data prior to anonymisation, and for other purposes, in our Privacy Policy.