Costs Team

A focus on our expertise in the professional legal Costs industry.

Following ongoing and significant changes to legislation and insurance premiums, it is no surprise to those working within costs as well those in the wider legal sector that the costs market is as diverse as ever. In what has been branded as a revolution, dramatic alterations in practice and the implementation of these changes have been extensively felt across the market. Our job is to work around these shifts and connect qualified candidates with the most suitable law firm for them.

A costs lawyer’s overarching role is to deliver advice on managing the costs of legal cases, alongside resolving any potential disputes that may occur within a claim. Before contacting our team and being recognised as a costs lawyer, candidates are expected to have undertaken at least 3 years of course training and supervised costs practice. The UK provider of the costs lawyer qualification is ACL, which offer a specific ACLT course. Suitable work experiences include; dealings with public funding/aiding industry, solicitor/client costs, and costs between parties. Once reaching certification level, duties include; scheduling costs, drafting points of dispute, attending CCMCs, replying to claims for costs, budgeting costs and advising on fee arrangements between clients and their legal advisors.


Since the reforms of April 2013, those working in costs have been required to tighten their expertise. Clients now expect candidates to handle their cases before settlement. We offer a comprehensive recruitment product covering these skills, such as requirements for all manner of individual draftsmen, both civil and commercial, including the in-focus COP and subrogated recoveries. Our costs team is skilled in managing a varied set of topics - enabling us to develop our intimate knowledge surrounding the best In-House teams and specialists alike.

Based on the most recent legal costs climate, firms expect their employees to be heavily involved in handling claims from the very initial stages through to settlement and conclusion. Employees much also be prepared for a legal bill to increase and/or halted at any given time. It is worth noting that some clients we deal with offer more flexibility for individual candidate preferences, whereas others expect employees to adapt to whichever costs case may be thrown their way.


We place great value on our candidates across all sectors, and those in costs are of no exception to the trusting and reliable services we provide. We offer, for example, insight into market rates, professional regulation and further build candidates’ career network to promote career progression. We pride ourselves on our well-received expertise in not only placing costs candidates within the right firms, but also in coaching them through the current state of what is a fast-paced and complex market. 

Luke Whatmough

Business Unit Director
0161 233 6360

Luke joined Douglas Scott in 2016 leading the Master Vendor team. He now heads up Legal Costs recruitment on a nationwide basis for the National Insurance desk. He deals with a range of clients including leading specialist costs practices and top tier law firms. Luke has previous recruitment experience account managing an international desk with a focus on Personal Injury. He undertook Law Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University and regularly participates in charity events concerning young men’s mental health in his spare time.

"I would like to express my gratitude to Luke Whatmough for the service he has provided. He made the process of applying for a job so much easier with his friendly manner and prompt replies. He has remained professional and welcoming. 

He specifically ensured that I was well prepared for the interview and contacted me prior to the interview to ensure that I was OK, which gave me peace of mind. After getting the job due to unforeseen circumstances, I encountered difficulties with my notice period. Luke spoke to the HR manager of my new employers directly and ensured that they were able to accommodate for me. 

Overall, it has been a great experience and a friendly personality is always a bonus."


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