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A costs draftsman is a lawyer who specialises in setting legal costs for court cases. They curate detailed assessments of costs for any kind of legal matter. Some tasks performed by them include preapring bills and schedules of costs, preparing costs budgets, act as a costs mediator in cost disputes, and offer advise on costs disputes between clients and solicitors.
A costs draftsman is a not qualified and therefore does not have the same rights as a costs lawyer to perform regulated activities. Draftsmen will not hold a practising certificate.
To become a costs draftsman you must register with the Association of Costs Lawyers. In order to qualify, you will need to undergo a three year course which you will awarded a certificate of completion for finishing. Following which you must undertake a minimum of three years of relevant experience in costs law, called qualifying employment. Upon completion of these two elements, you can apply to for a Costs Lawyer with the Costs Lawyer Standards Board for a practising certificate under which you can perform reeserved legal activites such as conducting litigation and administering oaths.
In order to undertake the three year training course, you need to have a minimum of four GCSEs including maths and English at grade 4. Without these GCSEs you may still be admitted based on an aptitude test. If you have a law degree you could be exempt from some of the modules in the training course.
Most costs draftsmen work as employees in law firms of all sizes. A small number of spercialist barrister's chambers will also hire costs draftsmen. Costs lawyers can also set up their own independent costs company.