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The Costs Lawyer Standards Board has started sending newsletters to costs lawyers updating them as to its work.
Included in the first newsletter was a report on a disciplinary hearing.
This reported that:
“In brief, Costs Lawyer W failed to make required disclosures on their signed Application for Reinstatement and signed Application for a Practising Certificate relating to offences. After robust discussion on the allegations, the evidence before it and after hearing Costs Lawyer W, the Conduct Committee found against Costs Lawyer W on all the alleged code/rule breaches.”
The Costs Lawyer had his practising certificate suspended for two years and was fined. His subsequent appeal failed.
This kind of information is invaluable. Costs Lawyers are entitled to employ non-Costs Lawyers and delegate their own rights, such as rights of audience, to non-Costs Lawyers.
In the event that I receive a job application from somebody called W, I will immediately know they are unsuitable for employment.
Equally, once their two year suspension is over, if a Costs Lawyers called W applies for a job I will be able to make an informed decision as to whether I consider them suitable given their failure to declare their “offences”.
More newsletters with this kind of useful information please.