On January 29, 2016 the LEDES Oversight Committee members enacted a change to our membership structure.

Previously membership in the LOC was limited to organizations.  An individual derived their membership in the LOC by virtue of working for a member organization.  Each member organization was able to designate one voting member, an alternate voting member, and an unlimited number of general (non-voting) members for the $200 yearly membership fee.  On initiatives presented to the membership for consideration, each organizational member was able to cast a single vote.  Importantly, when an individual discontinued working for the member organization, the individual lost their membership in the LOC.

In 2016 the membership structure has change to individual membership.  Now all LOC members have the right to vote on initiatives presented to the membership for consideration, and an individual’s membership will continue regardless of their employment status.

The only requirement to become a member in the LOC is that an individual “shall be … working, or having retired from work, in some capacity within or associated with the legal industry.”

The dues for individual members in 2016 are $95 USD.

To become a member, use the application form here.

There are some important new pages available on ledes.org.

  • Information on the new Model Form Bill of Costs for England and Wales can be found here and   can also be accessed through the menu under Jurisdictional Specific Standards.
  • We have added a permanent page (here) that provides links to articles and postings on the Bill of Costs project.  This page can also be accessed through the menu under the Jurisdictional Specific Standards.

The LEDES Oversight Committee (“LOC”) has endorsed the new UTBMS Litigation Code-set for use in England and Wales – the EW-UTBMS J-Code-set.

Created by the Jackson Steering Committee for use within the judiciaries of England and Wales, the release of these codes marks the first stage in the Steering Committee’s objective to develop a new model-form ‘Bill-of-Costs’ for use by the courts in assessing costs to be awarded in litigation cases.

More information on this standard is available here.

Additionally, the Association of Cost Lawyers has published an article on the endorsement of the J-Codes by the LEDES Oversight Committee.  The article can be found here.