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Legal aid update: Law Society calls for independent review into duty contract procurement process

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13 November 2015

Law Society calls for independent review into the legal aid duty contract procurement process

The Law Society is calling for an independent review of the legal aid duty contract procurement process following the widespread litigation brought by criminal legal aid practitioners who are gravely concerned that the evaluation process used by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) was flawed.

The Law Society has gathered information on the areas of England and Wales where legal challenges have been issued and has produced a map showing where litigation is known of and the total value of the contracts that are subject to legal challenge.
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Further coverage in the Gazette

Map showing legal aid contracts that are subject to legal challenge

Duty tender 'shambolic and unprofessional', says second LAA whistleblower

A second whistleblower has spoken to LegalVoice about the Legal Aid Agency’s contract procurement process.
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We are acutely aware of the stress criminal solicitors are living under and are reminding members that confidential support is also available during this extremely difficult period.

The Law Society has a pastoral care helpline that offers support from 09:00 to 17:00 on weekdays - call 020 7320 5795.

In addition, LawCare provides a free and completely confidential helpline operating 365 days a year - call 0800 279 6888.

The trained staff and volunteers have worked in the law and understand the pressures lawyers face. LawCare has one phone line, but they will always call back if a message is left.

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