Sharing good practice

Posted by - 31st May 2012

When the website went live in May, in a welcome message, I explained that the idea of launching an online magazine arose out of work funded by The Baring Foundation to produce a series of guides for Law Centres. The Baring funded project itself flowed from work carried out by DG Legal funded by the

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New LSC Tender: the PQQ

Posted by - 29th May 2012

In my previous article, we looked at what categories were being tendered for and questioned whether the LSC’s intentions as set out in their Outline of Tender process document complied with EU Procurement law given that new entities planning to start trading at the contract start date would be unable to be obtain the Specialist

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Legal Services Commission’s Standard Contract 2010 (article 2)

Posted by - 23rd May 2012

Introductory note: As from February 1st 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 to read the contract but it is

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New LSC Tender

Posted by - 10th May 2012

This is the first part of a series of articles providing information and advice about preparing and submitting a tender free of pitfalls. This introductory article deals with what is being tendered, how and when. It also queries whether the process may be the subject of a legal challenge by a new entrant. Barring any

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Top 10 tips for surviving your SQM audit

Posted by - 2nd May 2012

During the past 12 months I have run 30 Specialist Quality Mark (SQM) workshops for the  SQM delivery partnership (SQM DP) training over 400 different legal providers, writes Stuart Lee. I have also observed several audits, trained several auditors and conducted some reviews myself. As it is a term of their contract for public-funded family

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Quality and the new regulatory landscape

Posted by - 2nd May 2012

Some observers of the legal profession comment that it is a ‘hardy’ profession, and this observation would be correct, writes Bhavni Shah. In recent years, providers of legal services have survived the tough economic climate and dealt with other fundamental connected issues (i.e. the large constriction on funding, increased competition and spiralling costs). However, the

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Future uncertain

Posted by - 30th April 2012

Simon Pugh casts his eye over the post-LASPO landscape, and looks for the detail for the forthcoming contract tender process – and finds it missing.

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LSC standard contract 2010

Posted by - 20th April 2012

Legal Services Commission’s Standard Contract 2010 Introduction to series of articles As of February 1st 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, writes Vicky Ling. It is unlikely that many people have

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