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Legal aid update: Duty tender announcement: what to expect | Criminal advocacy consultation | Updated civil forms

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14 October 2015


Duty tender outcome

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.
Read more

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.
Read the guidance

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.
Find out more about helplines

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.
Read the full text of the letter (PDF)


Law Society will respond robustly to MoJ consultation on criminal advocacy

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.
Read our letter (PDF 103kb)
Read a comment piece by the Law Society president in the Gazette
View the MoJ consultation


Joint Advocacy Group consultation on QASA

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.
Read the consultation


Elderly client care conference - 16 October

Discount for legal aid practitioners
Join expert speakers including lawyers, doctors, academics and representatives from the charity sector, who will explain what solicitors need to know when dealing with the unique challenges of mental capacity issues, clients living with dementia and the changing landscape in respect of the funding of adult social care.
Book now - get over £100 off the price by entering the following discount code: LegalAid_ECC


Labour review of legal aid

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.
Find out more


Changes to civil legal aid forms

The LAA is introducing updated versions of some civil legal aid forms which will become mandatory from 1 November.
Find out more


Very high cost case (VHCC) care cases

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.
Find out more - the webinar took place on 8 October but a recording is available


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