CLSB issues final consultation on detail of new Costs Lawyer training regime

The Costs Lawyer Standards Board has put out for final consultation its plan for a new training regime that will allow some people to qualify as Costs Lawyers in as little as a year.

The CLSB has approved the detail of the Costs Lawyer Competence Assessment (CLCA) and sent it out to Costs Lawyers last week for a last look ahead of submitting it to the Legal Services Board for approval. The consultation closes at 5pm on 21 November.

Part 1 requires a single multiple choice test of legal knowledge, covering the legal system of England and Wales, contract law and tort law. 

Part 2 also requires a single multiple choice test of legal knowledge, covering ethics, professional conduct and regulation, civil procedure rules, legal costs and funding (legal aid and otherwise).

Part 3 requires a practical test of legal drafting, covering the drafting of pleading and procedural documents.

Part 4 requires a one-day training course in oral advocacy.

Part 5 requires not less than 24 months of qualifying work experience in legal practice, to demonstrate work-based exposure to clients, managing client expectations and ethical problems in practice.

Under the draft exemption rules, costs draftsmen with five or more years’ experience in costs law and practice would only have complete parts 2 and 3 to qualify – the same as solicitors, barristers, and chartered legal executive advocates. This would allow qualification in a year. Otherwise, the whole qualification would take up to five years.

Those with a law degree or the graduate diploma in law would only be exempt from part 1, while candidates who have completed the legal practice course would also be exempt from part 4. There are also exemptions for students on the present Costs Lawyer training course.

The CLSB will appoint an accredited assessment provider to conduct the assessments for parts 1, 2 and 3, and will offer “optional” training courses on them too. It will also provide the training for part 4.

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