A Costs Lawyer or Cost Draftman is a specialist who deals with all aspects of legal costs. They can work for a specialist Cost Drafting company or in private practice as part of an in-house team. Changes in the law means that a Costs Lawyer is regulated by the ACL and holds a qualification and practicing certificate. They are authorised to conduct litigation, appear in court (County Courts, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court) and administer oaths whilst a Cost Draftsman is unregulated doesn’t have the same privileges.
To qualify as a Costs Lawyer you need to complete a three year training course and have 3 years relevant experience There are some exemptions for those with certain degrees or qualifications.
Costs has had a quiet few years but in recent months Sacco Mann has seen an increase in instructions. Whilst it is those with experience that are in demand it would be good option for law graduates looking for an alternative career in law focusing on the financials but still getting involved in litigation with a less expensive qualification than that the LPC.