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What to expect on the day of the announcement
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is due to announce the outcome of the criminal legal aid duty provider tender on Thursday 15 October. The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has provided some additional information regarding what firms should expect when the tender notifications start to be issued.
Law Society guidance on legal remedies
The Law Society has prepared information on potential remedies for criminal defence solicitors should they be unsuccessful in relation to all or part of their tender.
Stress and pastoral care
We are acutely aware of the stress criminal solicitors are living under as they await the MoJ announcement on the outcome of the tender.
Letter to lord chancellor
The Law Society wrote to the lord chancellor to express our 'grave and significant concerns' about the delayed announcement and the further distress this has caused our members.
We have written to local law societies to advise them that we will be responding robustly to the MoJ's consultation on criminal advocacy. Our letter sets out the background and our initial concerns. We will strongly oppose any restriction on the use of in-house advocates as this goes against client choice.
The SRA is consulting until 24 December on aspects of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA). The Society urges all members with an interest in criminal advocacy to read and respond to this consultation, which may have implications for the proposals in the MoJ's consultation on criminal advocacy.
Discount for legal aid practitioners
The Labour party has appointed Lord (Willy) Bach to carry out an immediate review into legal aid. The review will look at the wider consequences of the LASPO reforms and put forward policy proposals for reforming legal aid for the 21st century. The review process will start immediately.
The LAA is introducing updated versions of some civil legal aid forms which will become mandatory from 1 November.
From 1 October all VHCC care cases with one advocate or solicitor advocate will normally be paid under a revised fixed fee model. This webinar provides an overview of the revised payment scheme and the changes.
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