The ACL is the Costs Lawyer professions representative body, its aim is to promote the best interests of the profession. Membership of the ACL is voluntary. It is not a requirement that a Costs Lawyer is a member of the ACL to hold a practising certificate issued by the CLSB.
The Association of Law Costs Draftsmen (the “ALCD”) was founded in 1977 to promote the status and interests of the profession of Law Costs Draftsmen (now Costs Lawyers) in England & Wales, ensuring the maintenance of the highest professional standards of its member.
ALCD was designated an Authorised Body for the purposes of sections 27 & 28 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 under The Association of Law Costs Draftsmen Order 2006 (SI 2006 no 3333) which came into effect on 1 January 2007. As an Approved Regulator under the Legal Services Act 2007, the ALCD was required to separate its regulatory and representative functions, accordingly the CLSB was established to undertake the role of Approved Regulator under delegated authority of the ACL.
The ALCD changed its name to the Association of Costs Lawyers on 1 January 2011. The ACL delegated its role as Approved Regulator to CLSB with effect from 31 October 2011.
The ACL continues to promote the status and interests of Costs Lawyers in its representative role. They can be contacted at:
Association of Costs Lawyers