Solicitors are still struggling to keep within the confines of the new costs regime, according to a survey of costs lawyers.

The poll by the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) in November found that 23% of ACL members believe that solicitors always go over what is budgeted, and a further 53% said they sometimes go over.

These figures are an improvement on the same survey in 2017, when the figures 29% and 65% respectively. Also positive was the news that one in ten ACL members believe solicitors have got better at sticking to their budgets, compared with just 5% the previous year.

Reflecting on the new electronic bill of costs, which came into force last April, 41% of ACL members said they were getting used to it, while ...

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