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Legal aid update - Tenders for new 2018 civil contracts open today

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The Law Society
Legal aid update
September 19 2017
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Tenders for new 2018 civil contracts open today
The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) have today opened the tender process for the 2018 civil face to face contracts, which are due to commence on 1 September 2018.

The tender is open to both existing contract holders and new entrants.

The deadline for submitting responses to the tender process is 17:00, 10 November 2017.
The tender process
To carry out publicly funded, face to face civil legal advice and representation from 1 September 2018, organisations will need to successfully tender for a new civil contract.
In order to submit a complete tender, organisations must submit a response to both:
  • the Selection Questionnaire (SQ) (previously known as the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire); and
  • the relevant Invitations to Tender (ITTs) for categories of law they wish to deliver.
Further information
Further information, including the Information for Applicants (IFA) documents for both the Selection Questionnaire and the Face to Face Contract ITTs.

The IFAs provide full details about the procurement process, including the criteria that applicants must meet.

Contract documentation is available on the 2018 Standard civil contract page.

Tender responses must be made online through the eTendering portal.

The LAA have set up a helpline to support applicants if they have technical problems with the e-Tendering system: 0800 069 8630. Email support is available at

If you have any questions about the procurement process or the IFA document, these must be raised through the eTendering portal by 23:59, 19 October 2017.

Further tenders are due to open later in the month for the:  
  • Specialist CLA telephone advice – late September
  • Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS) – starts October
The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL. Tel: 020 7242 1222

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