Qualified Costs Lawyer profile - David

David Wright, qualified Costs Lawyer at Irwin Mitchell

David gives his thoughts on his career so far and why he is studying to become a Costs Lawyer.

Having been interested in a career in the law since I was in school, I started down the route many people take in looking to become legally qualified. I studied a law degree, began training to become a solicitor and looked for a role in the industry, which happened to be a Law Costs Draftsman vacancy. From the beginning I found the work very interesting, particularly after joining the Irwin Mitchell Costs Team progressing through our in-house training programme.

Having completed my Irwin MItchell training and taken on a role as a Deputy Team leader, I was offered the opportunity of undertaking the ACLT’s Costs Lawyer training course, which I would recommend to anyone. The course has changed a bit since I trained but it was an excellent grounding in all aspects of costs law, which I have since been able to build on as part of my professional development.

I became fully qualified in 2014 and thanks to my career development with Irwin Mitchell and the ACLT I have been able to advance into new areas, including advocacy and team management. I was even fortunate enough to be elected to the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL) Council for a 3 year term from 2015 to 2018, service upon which I would recommend to anyone with an interest in the development of the profession.

Added April 2023