We are all absorbing the news that the High Court has rejected the legal challenges brought by the Law Society and the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association and London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association.
The duty contracts tender remains frozen for the present. The High Court refused permission to appeal but extended the stay until 16:00 next Friday (27 February 2015) to enable the claimants to get the matter into the Court of Appeal. The focus is now on an application to the Court of Appeal to get an extended stay from them pending the appeal.
The LAA’s response to the judgment was to indicate to all potential applicants in the tender that it intends to continue with the tender as soon as possible but obviously that is dependent on the Court of Appeal’s decision.
Given the five week delay to the tender process, there continues to be much debate as to how the LAA could feasibly bring duty solicitor contracts into force by the Autumn. Any further delay must surely throw the whole process into jeopardy.
We await with anticipation the outcome of next week’s hearing.
- Conference round-up: some light despite the doom & gloom - 21st October 2015
- What now for the Crime Duty Solicitor tender? - 19th February 2015
- Boot them out? - 16th December 2013
- LAA’s intentions for civil tenders - 1st December 2013
- Small and mighty - 26th November 2013
- PCT & Law Society course - 22nd May 2013
- Tender: amendments to the IFA - 27th September 2012
- The fight moves on with your help - 19th July 2012
- Sharing good practice - 31st May 2012
- New LSC Tender: the PQQ - 29th May 2012