When you first hire a lawyer, they will talk to you about how much their fees will be and about how their fees and other costs will be calculated. They will also give you this information in writing. Your lawyer will explain their charges at the end of your case – and at any time you ask.

But legal costs can still be puzzling. And people in a legal dispute often disagree about who should pay what. At times like these, a specialist group of lawyers can help.

Costs lawyers

Costs lawyers are regulated legal professionals who are experts in the law governing legal fees. They can help to resolve or prevent disagreements about legal fees.

For non-specialists, what the law says about legal fees can be hard to understand. The law on legal fees changes, too. That’s why solicitors, barristers, insurance companies and others involved in legal cases may choose to rely on costs lawyers.

In some types of case, legal costs are set or fixed by rules. In all other matters, legal costs must be “reasonable”. As a result, costs lawyers are often involved in disputes over whether legal costs are reasonable or not. Each side may hire a costs lawyer to argue for their position. 

Other ways costs lawyers can help

  • Prepare an invoice detailing the costs you are claiming (a “bill of costs”)
  • Review and challenge an invoice you have received from the other side in the case or from you own lawyer (including an invoice for a “success fee”, particularly relevant for personal injury claims)
  • Review and advise you on a proposed contract (a “retainer”) for legal services between you and a lawyer.
  • Review and advise you on costs estimates from your lawyer
  • Prepare costs estimates or budgets
  • Review and advise you on the budget of the other side in a legal case.
  • Negotiate about costs claims
  • Attend court hearings about costs

Some costs lawyers are qualified as legal project management practitioners or mediators. They can help you with those areas of a case, too.

If you think you might need help from a costs lawyer, you can search for one at the Costs Lawyer Standards Board website, or visit our gateway to regulators’ registers of legal professionals.

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Your Comments

Randall Taylor says:

Fri, 08/28/2020 - 23:59
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Hello,
My wife and I are non resident from the U.S. we travel quite often to England. We are considering a flat purchase, that we would pay cash for and would like to own it outright as opposed to a “leasehold”.
We won’t be looking until we are there in May 2021.
I understand we will need to engage a solicitor for the legal side of things and there are solicitor fees. There is so many different categories and so much information, I want to be looking in the right place.
Any information or direction you can provide would be deeply appreciated.
Thank you
Randall E. Taylor

Marina Nicolaou says:

Wed, 10/28/2020 - 21:03
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I need some advice of someone I can’t trust

Marina Nicolaou says:

Wed, 10/28/2020 - 21:07
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I haven’t got money to pay large cost up front.I’m really concerned on what information people have.Well my friend called me nuts and made me restore my phone and everything been changed.I feel like I’m going to be humiliated

Linda Pereira says:

Mon, 05/31/2021 - 17:11
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Hi my name is Linda Pereira I am looking for a solicitor has I am wanting to sell my flat. I have a buyer who has shown interest. I am not looking to buy just to sell.
Thank you could someone get back to me.
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