What was that we signed?

Posted by - 28th March 2013

The 2013 Standard Contract applies to new legal aid Debt, Housing, Family and Immigration and Asylum contracts starting on 1 April 2013, writes Vicky Ling. Many practitioners have understandably been concentrating on getting up to speed with the scope cuts imposed by the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, and have been

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Pay as you go… the future of legal services?

Posted by - 22nd March 2013

Speaking at the Law Society’s Legal Aid conference last Thursday, the Society’s President, Lucy Scott Moncrieff told attendees ‘the reality is that for many clients who are losing legal aid, buying a full casework service is unaffordable’. Firms should therefore investigate options to ‘unbundle’ work by offering a pay-as-you-go service to clients for advice on

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IMPORTANT: LSC publishes civil contract

Posted by - 28th February 2013

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) has published updates on crime and civil contracts and new matter starts published. You can see the final version of the 2013 standard civil contract and category definitions 2013 (HERE), as well as the amended 2010 standard civil contract and the 2010 standard crime contract, the amendments come into effect

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LSC drops contract changes

Posted by - 12th February 2013

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) has agreed to drop changes to legal aid contracts. It was reported on the Law Society’s Gazette that although the LSC had ‘a right to make “minor” changes to contracts with the agreement of the Law Society’, Chancery Lane did not agree that the proposals fell into this category. The

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Legal Services Commission’s Standard Contract 2010 (article 8)

Posted by - 11th January 2013

General introduction to the series of articles As from the 1st of February 2012, when new contracts started with Family and Family with Housing practitioners, the Legal Services Commission’s mainstream face-to-face civil and crime providers have been operating under the same standard terms. It is unlikely that many people have had the time and/or motivation

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Mandatory scheme for mental health work

Posted by - 22nd November 2012

Membership of the Law Society’s mental health accreditation scheme is expected to become mandatory for legal aid lawyers from 2014. ‘A provision is to be added to the legal aid contract under which only people with accreditation will be entitled to provide legally aided advocacy at a mental health tribunal,’ says the Law Society. ‘Currently

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Legal Services Commission’s Standard Contract 2010 (article 8)

Posted by - 20th November 2012

General introduction to the series of articles As from the 1st of February 2012, when new contracts started with Family and Family with Housing practitioners, the Legal Services Commission’s mainstream face-to-face civil and crime providers have been operating under the same standard terms. It is unlikely that many people have had the time and/or motivation

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Legal Services Commission’s Standard Contract 2010 (article 7)

Posted by - 1st November 2012

General introduction to the series of articles As from the 1st of February 2012, when new contracts started with Family and Family with Housing practitioners, the Legal Services Commission’s mainstream face-to-face civil and crime providers have been operating under the same standard terms. It is unlikely that many people have had the time and/or motivation

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A place at the top table for COFAs

Posted by - 18th October 2012

I was at a conference recently where one of the hot topics of discussion was unsurprisingly the compliance officer roles, writes Richard Hill. One of the attendees had an interesting story to share on the methodology that a medium-sized firm had used to nominate a partner for the role of COLP – they had nominated

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Legal Services Commission’s Standard Contract 2010 (article 6)

Posted by - 9th October 2012

General introduction to the series of articles As from the 1st of February 2012, when new contracts started with Family and Family with Housing practitioners, the Legal Services Commission’s mainstream face-to-face civil and crime providers have been operating under the same standard terms. It is unlikely that many people have had the time and/or motivation

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