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

Every three years we carry out a diversity and inclusion survey of the Costs Lawyer profession. This survey is not compulsory, which means that the resulting data is not comprehensive, but it does provide a valuable indication of the composition of the profession and highlights diversity issues that might need to be addressed.

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

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.