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What Does A Costs Lawyer Do?

A Costs Lawyer is a qualified and fully regulated legal professional who is a specialist in the area of costs law.  They hold rights of audience, and are able to conduct costs litigation on your behalf (and go on Court record to act for you), akin to a Solicitor.

The ARC Costs Team

We are a mixed team of Law Costs Draftsmen and regulated Costs Lawyers, providing a professional law costs drafting service to Solicitors, Legal Executives and Litigants in Person all over the country through the use of our remote law costing service. Possessing in excess of 20 years’ total experience, our legal costs team are adept at recovering your legal costs, or defending any costs claim brought against you or your client.


Robert Collington, Costs Lawyer

Our Legal Costs Director, Robert Collington, is a highly experienced legal professional. He is a qualified Costs Lawyer, regulated by the Costs Lawyers Standards Board (CLSB), and also a member of the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL). 

As a Costs Lawyer, Robert completed a substantial modular training course and follows the Costs Lawyer Code of Conduct, being required to keep up to date in the area of costs law through continued professional development. This ensures Costs Lawyers remain competent in all aspects of legal costs. Robert, as part of ARC Costs Limited, also carries Professional Indemnity Insurance, as required by all Costs Lawyers in England and Wales.

As they are regulated, like a Solicitor or member of CILEX, a Costs Lawyer has rights of audience in Court, and is also able to conduct litigation and administer oaths in relation to costs proceedings.  As such if required, Robert is able to be on Court record to conduct costs proceedings on behalf of a Solicitor or Litigant in Person.




    ARC Costs Lawyer Legal Services

    ARC Costs provide a range of legal costs services, carried out by a costs lawyer or law costs draftsman including:

    CFAs and Retainer Inspection/Advice : We provide services from the very outset of a case. We can provide assistance and advice on legal matters, such as the drafting of a retainer, or Conditional Fee Agreement.

    Drafting Costs Budgets: We regularly prepare Precedent H Costs Budgets, ensuring that all future costs are anticipated correctly and thus maximising costs recovery on a successful outcome to a claim. We can also assist in Budget negotiations and the preparation of a Precedent R, and a Precedent T.

    Drafting Bills of Costs: We assist by drafting and negotiating your Bill of Costs with a high degree of accuracy, with a Service Level Agreement of five working days.  We also prepare costs documentation for LAA assessment, which oversees payment of public funds in legally aided cases.

    Negotiating Costs: We provide Points of Dispute and Points of Reply . We will advise on the potential risks of rejecting any offer received. We can also ensure that an advocate is made available for detailed assessment, when required.

    Fixed Recoverable Costs Claims: We provide assistance in CPR 45 Fixed Costs Claims. We operate these on a no win, no fee basis and provide a 5 day turnaround on all instructions.

    Why Choose ARC Costs?

    ARC Costs provide a unique digital and paperless service, with extensive experience in legal costs disputes and litigation. We are a bespoke Costs Draftsmen team of legal and technology experts not found elsewhere, with a high rate of client satisfaction.

    We have been successful in providing costs services to litigants in persons and those in the legal profession in all types of claims, including Clinical NegligenceIndustrial DiseaseJudicial ReviewHousing Disrepair and Court of Protection costs claims. We have also been successful in recovering legal aid costs in inter-partes costs claims.

    We can be contacted by email at, or by telephone on 01204 397302. For more information on legal costs, please find out more about our speciality areas of expertise and our services on our legal costs page.

    How Do You Become a Costs Lawyer?

    If you are interested in qualifying a Costs Lawyer, you will need to obtain relevant supervised experience in an employment role, as well as to complete academic studies with the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL).  The ACL can be contacted here: The Association of Law Costs Draftsmen Limited trading as ACL (Company No. 01330762, Registered Office  16 Broad Street, Eye, Suffolk, England, IP23 7AF).

    What We Do Best

    Our dedicated and experienced law costing team provide a wide array of legal costs services.  Find out more by following the links below. 

    Bills of Costs

    We pride ourselves in achieving an average recovery of 72% of all Bills

    Costs Budgets

    We achieve an average of 81% of the value of the Costs Budgets drafted

    Costs Budget Negotiations

    Our team have over 20 years of experience in Costs Budget Negotiations. 

    CPR 45 Fixed Recoverable Costs

    CPR 45 Fixed Recoverable Costs are becoming a more and more common dispute in costs

    Legal Costs Training

    We're experts in legal costs and pride ourselves in the results our team achieve

    Detailed Assessment Proceedings

    Our experienced costs team ensure that the best outcome is achieved on every case

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    Contact us today for your free, no obligation quotation. Our team are on hand to help.


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    01204 397302

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