December 14, 2021
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Course Description

This one-day training course is designed as an essential guide for legal professionals to obtain the up to date relevant information on solicitors’ costs and key points to avoid making costly mistakes.

After this one-day course, you will leave with improved skills and knowledge regarding legal costs from a solicitor’s perspective, including party costs, fixed recoverable costs, barrister and expert fees, as well as client billing updates.

You also receive our full tutorial pack which will allow you to refer back to your course content after the course is finished, enabling you to continue to access key points and refresher topics as you need them.

Course Content

  • Defining Legal Costs
  • Drawing a Section 150 Notice
  • The importance of a Section 150 Notice in regards to the Law Society of Ireland and the Legal Costs Adjudicator
  • The Legal Costs Adjudicator and the new adjudication process
  • Solicitor and own client costs and billing
  • Party and party costs
  • Court of Appeal decision in the case of Isabelle Sheehan and implications for the Bill of Costs
  • Maintaining time records
  • Fixed Recoverable costs
  • Barrister and expert fees
  • Proportionality testing
  • ADR for cost disputes
  • Solicitor and client billing updates
  • Determining the outlay carried by the firm
  • The time gap between initial instructions and ultimate payment
  • What is the impact of costs being either too high or too low?
  • Third party litigation, funding and costs
  • Reimbursement of costs if a claim is successful
  • Maintenance and champerty
  • Bill of Costs- key points you need to note- a step by step guide

Who Should Attend?

This course is aimed at those in the legal professions, solicitors, barristers, consultants, cost experts. Those in government and semi state bodies who wish to enhance their current knowledge and skills in the area of legal costs.


On completion of this one-day training course, you will receive your CMG MasterClass Certificate of Attendance in Solicitors Costs. Please note certificates are issued at the close of the training course to participants on completion of the course. You will also receive a full Solicitors Costs course pack to refer back to at any time in the future. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.



An ‘Early Bird’ discounted rate of €425 is currently available. This training course normal rate is €495. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis. PLEASE NOTE THE EARLY BIRD RATE CLOSES 3 WEEKS PRIOR TO COURSE DATE. The course cost includes all course documentation, Solicitors Costs training pack and certificates of attendance.


Michael Monaghan BSc, LLB. ACL
Director, Abacus Law Consultants
Nick Portch ACL
Director, Abacus Law Consultants

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