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Outcome of the consultation on regulatory arrangements for the Costs Lawyer Qualification

1st November 2022
CLSB has published the outcome of our consultation on the regulatory arrangements for the Costs Lawyer Qualification. Thank you to everyone who responded. In light of the responses, we intend to implement the qualification framework as proposed in the Scheme Handbook, subject to the amendments described in the consultation […]

Costs Lawyer practising certificate fee 2023

27th October 2022
Following public consultation, the Legal Services Board has approved a practising fee of £281 for Costs Lawyers in 2023. The LSB’s Decision Note can be viewed here. Applications for 2023 practising certificates will be sent to currently regulated Costs Lawyers by email in early November.

Consultation: Regulatory arrangements for the Costs Lawyer Qualification

24th August 2022
The CLSB has opened a consultation on changes to its regulatory rules for the Costs Lawyers Qualification (CLQ), which is the professional qualification that an individual must obtain before they can practise as an authorised Costs Lawyer. The proposed changes are intended to align the CLQ with the new […]

Consultation: Disciplinary Rules and Procedures

29th July 2022
The CLSB has opened a consultation on changes to the Disciplinary Rules and Procedures for Costs Lawyers, following a scheduled review, to better align our processes with those of the Legal Ombudsman. The full consultation paper explains the proposed changes and raises questions that you might like to consider as […]

Consultation on the practising fee for Cost Lawyers in 2023

21st July 2022
The CLSB has opened a consultation on the 2023 practising certificate fee for Costs Lawyers. The CLSB proposes to keep the fee static at £281. The consultation paper provides further information about how the fee is set, collected and used. Views on the proposals are sought from Costs Lawyers and […]

How could Costs Lawyers reduce the costs of legal services?

23rd June 2022
The CLSB has published its final report from its project funded by the Regulators’ Pioneer Fund: How could Costs Lawyers reduce the costs of legal services? The project, guided by the CLSB’s framework for good consumer outcomes and the Competition and Markets Authority’s findings in its Market Study on […]

CLSB responds to oversight body’s plans on ongoing competence

10th March 2022
The CLSB has published its response to the Legal Services Board’s consultation on a draft statement of policy, aimed at ensuring ongoing competence of legal professionals. The CLSB welcomes the LSB’s research and leadership in this area, but has warned the oversight body against being overly prescriptive and adopting […]

UK government sanctions on Russia: implications for Costs Lawyers

4th March 2022
The CLSB is advising all Costs Lawyers to be alert to any implications for their practice arising from the UK Government’s recent announcement of sanctions on Russia. All Costs Lawyers must play their part in safeguarding the UK and protecting the reputation of the legal services industry. Breaching the […]

Outcome of the consultation on the Costs Lawyer Competency Statement

2nd February 2022
CLSB has published a new Competency Statement for Costs Lawyers at the point of qualification. Thank you to everyone who responded to our consultation on the draft statement for such constructive and helpful feedback, which we took on board in producing the final version. The consultation outcome report has […]

CLSB assessed as meeting all of its regulatory performance standards

22nd December 2021
Today, the Legal Services Board announced that the CLSB is one of only three legal regulators to be assessed as meeting all of its regulatory performance standards. The LSB said: “This is the culmination of CLSB’s turnaround from a total of nine not met outcomes, to now meeting all […]

Costs Lawyer practising certificate fee 2022

13th October 2021
Following public consultation, the Legal Services Board has approved a practising fee of £281 for Costs Lawyers in 2022. The LSB’s Decision Note can be viewed here. Applications for 2022 practising certificates will be sent to currently regulated Costs Lawyers by email in early November.

How could Costs Lawyers reduce the costs of legal services?

16th September 2021
The Costs Lawyer Standards Board has secured funding from the Regulators’ Pioneer Fund for an innovative new project: How could Costs Lawyers reduce the costs of legal services? The CLSB, guided by its framework for good consumer outcomes and the Competition and Markets Authority’s findings in its Market Study […]

Consultation on Costs Lawyer Competency Statement

1st September 2021
Following an extensive programme of research and engagement in early 2021, we have today published a consultation on a proposed new Competency Statement for Costs Lawyers. The Competency Statement sets out the knowledge and skills that Costs Lawyers must possess at the point of qualifying into the profession and […]

Become a board member of the LSB

29th July 2021
The Ministry of Justice is currently recruiting for a non-lay board member of the Legal Services Board (LSB). This role is open to Costs Lawyers and we would encourage anyone who is interested to apply. Full details are available on the Public Appointments website. The LSB is hosting a […]

Results of second coronavirus impact survey

30th April 2021
Results are in from our recent survey asking Costs Lawyers how Covid-19 is impacting their practice. Overall, the profession is faring very well, but there are still pockets of practitioners who are worried about the future. The survey covered personal and practice area impacts felt during 2020, predictions for […]

Next Chair of CLSB Board

22nd February 2021
We are pleased to announce the appointment of the next Chair of the CLSB board, David Heath CBE. David has a long history of public service, including as a former government Minister and Deputy Leader of the House of Commons. David also brings a wealth of experience in regulation […]

Costs Lawyer practising certificate fee 2021

5th October 2020
Following public consultation, the Legal Services Board has approved a practising fee of £275 for Costs Lawyers in 2021. Applications for 2021 practising certificates will be online this year, and forms will be send to Costs Lawyers by email in early November.

Chair of the CLSB Board

23rd September 2020
The lay Chair of the CLSB Board is shortly due to complete his term of office. We are currently recruiting a new lay Chair of the Board. Details can be found in the Application Pack. Applications close on 1 November 2020, and interviews will take place on a date […]

New Practising Rules come into force

30th July 2020
New Practising Rules for Costs Lawyers will come into force on 1 August 2020, following approval from the Legal Services Board in July. The Practising Rules establish the criteria for obtaining a Costs Lawyer practising certificate and govern a practitioner’s right to carry out reserved legal activities, such as […]

Consultation on Costs Lawyer Practising Fee for 2021

22nd July 2020
The CLSB has opened a consultation on the 2021 practising certificate fee for Costs Lawyers. In light of the general market uncertainty caused by coronavirus, the CLSB proposes to maintain the fee at £275 – the same level as in 2020. The consultation paper provides further information about how […]

Results of coronavirus impact survey

28th May 2020
CLSB has today published a report setting out the findings of our recent coronavirus impact survey. The survey asked Costs Lawyers about the effect of coronavirus on their practice and their ways of working.

New Disciplinary Rules and Procedures come into force

1st May 2020
The CLSB has today implemented new Disciplinary Rules and Procedures (DR&P). The DR&P establish processes for determining whether a Costs Lawyer has breached our regulatory rules and, if so, the sanctions that apply. The new DR&P are designed to clarify and streamline our disciplinary processes, ensuring they are fit […]

Outcome of Practising Rules consultation published

6th April 2020
In February, the CLSB launched a consultation on proposed changes to its Practising Rules. The changes were designed to bring the rules up to date and into line with its other regulatory arrangements. Today the CLSB published a consultation outcome report, summarising the responses to the consultation and setting […]

Consultation launched on CLSB Practising Rules

24th February 2020
Following recent reviews of our disciplinary procedures and CPD arrangements, we have now also reviewed our Practising Rules with a view to bringing them up to date and into line with our other regulatory arrangements. We have issued a consultation paper which summarises the proposed changes to the rules and seeks […]

Appointment of new Non-Executive Directors

3rd February 2020
The CLSB is pleased to announce that we have appointed two new Non-Executive Directors to our board. Andrew Harvey joins us as a Lay Director, bringing a wealth of experience in governance and regulatory matters. Andrew McAulay, who leads a team of costs professionals at an established firm, joins […]

Review of current Continuing Professional Development rules

16th December 2019
Following a review of current Continuing Professional Development rules for Costs Lawyers, the CLSB has issued a consultation paper on proposed revisions. The consultation paper provides a summary of the intended changes and poses five key questions. The closing date and time for consultation responses is 5pm on 2nd February 2020. The […]

Costs Lawyer practising certificate fee 2020

23rd October 2019
Costs Lawyer practising certificate fee 2020 October 23, 2019 The CLSB is pleased to advise that today, the Legal Services Board has approved the fee for a 2020 Costs Lawyer practising certificate in the sum of £275.00. The Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL), the professions representative body will invoice […]

CLSB consults on revised Disciplinary Rules & Procedures

26th September 2019
Following a review of current Disciplinary Rules & Procedures for Costs Lawyers, the CLSB has today issued a consultation paper on proposed revisions. The consultation paper provides a summary of the intended changes and poses seven key questions. The closing date and time for consultation responses is 5pm on Friday 15 […]

Two Non-Executive Director positions to become available on the CLSB board

22nd September 2019
Two current Non-Executive Directors (NED) are shortly due to complete their terms in office, as a result the CLSB is looking to recruit one lay NED to join the CLSB board in January 2020 and one non-lay NED to join the CLSB board in April 2020. The advertisement for […]

Consultation on Costs Lawyer practising certificate fee 2020

27th July 2019
The CLSB today issued a consultation paper to all Costs Lawyers under which it proposes the fee for a 2020 Costs Lawyer practising certificate be increased by £25.00 to £275.00. The consultation closes at midnight on Monday 9 September 2019.

New CLSB CEO

10th June 2019
In November 2018, Lynn Plumbley indicated she no longer wished to continue as full-time CEO, a role she has been undertaking for nearly nine years. The CLSB board agreed to split the role into being two part-time roles, a CEO and Head of Operations (HoO). By doing so, this […]

CLSB responds to MoJ proposals on fixed recoverable costs

25th May 2019
On 28 March 2019, the MoJ launched a consultation on extending fixed recoverable costs (FRC) in civil cases worth up to £100,000. The proposed extension follows Sir Rupert Jackson’s 2017 report, in which he argued that controlling litigation costs is “a vital part of promoting access to justice”. The […]

Users of the CLSB continue to be satisfied with CLSB performance

22nd February 2019
The CLSB today reported that the profession continues to be satisfied with the performance of the CLSB. Responses to the question “do you agree the CLSB to be an effective regulator of the Costs Lawyer profession” identified: Performance year 2017: 96.73% replied yes, the CLSB was an effective regulator.Performance year […]