Sir Vivian Ramsey, the judge leading the implementation of the Jackson Reforms, is to become the new honorary president of the Association of Costs Lawyers (ACL).
Mr Justice Ramsey will take up his post with immediate effect for a period of three years.
He replaces renowned Costs Lawyer Michael Bacon, who retired in May.
Sir Vivian will work closely with the ACL’s chairman, Murray Heining, to promote the role of costs lawyers and support the activities of the ACL in the post-Jackson era, the association said.
Mr Justice Ramsey said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to become the ACL’s honorary president. These are challenging times for the members of the ACL as they deal with the impact of the Jackson reforms. I am sure that my involvement with them will be of mutual benefit as the reforms are implemented.”
Mr Heining added: “It is real honour for the ACL to have someone of Mr Justice Ramsey’s status working with us and is recognition of how far the ACL has come.
“The costs landscape has changed dramatically in the past year; the need for expert advice is greater than ever as solicitors get to grips with the Jackson reforms, and particularly with preparing budgets, so it is essential that we continue to ensure the profession puts the recovery of their costs in the hands of regulated and qualified people.”