‘Justice is not a commodity. We are not selling widgets’

Posted by - 13th June 2013

JUSTICE COMMITTEE REPORT: Speaking before the justice select committee, legal aid lawyer and Law Society president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff was given in the MP’s words ‘an opportunity to kill the myth of the fat cat lawyer’, reports Jon Robins. ‘The average salary of a legal aid lawyer is £25,000,’ she began; adding that the average salary

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Tender: amendments to the IFA

Posted by - 27th September 2012

Since the Information for Applicants (IFA) has been launched, we have received several queries about the meaning of one of the selection criterion, writes David Gilmore. This was the criterion about full time equivalent supervisors. The criterion (A.3) is: ‘By the contract start date will each of the applicant organisation’s offices from which it is

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UPDATE: LASPO and welfare benefits

Posted by - 21st September 2012

In a Written Ministerial Statement published on Tuesday, the Government announced the legal aid position on welfare benefits advice. For more information see HERE. What welfare benefits work will be covered by legal aid after April 2013? Appeals to the First-tier Tribunal in Social Security and Child Support for all welfare benefits cases (including housing

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Plans for tenders for face-to-face contracts out

Posted by - 4th September 2012

The Legal Services Commission last week published its procurement plans ahead of invitations to tender (ITTs) for face-to-face contracts. The LSC will be opening tenders for contracts from April 2013 in the following categories of law: Family Housing Immigration & Asylum Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme The plans are available HERE. The ITTs will open

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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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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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