This site supports and supplements the LAG legal aid handbook, flagging important changes and updates and helping busy practitioners stay one step ahead. The book is kept up to date between editions alongside regular news, updates and case reports and a comprehensive resources page.

LAA speeds up prior authority applications in CCMS

Sat, 03 Nov 2018 16:38:29 +0000

This post is by Jane Pritchard, consultant with Elawvate and author of the CCMS chapter in the Handbook. This week, the LAA have issued two news items about CCMS. The first update is headed “speeding up dual stage applications”. There … Continue reading

New housing court duty tender opens

Tue, 30 Oct 2018 18:20:23 +0000

Following the collapse of the last tender, found unlawful by the High Court, the LAA extended the contracts of existing providers. However, in four areas existing contract holders were unable to continue, so the LAA is tendering for replacements. The … Continue reading

Legal aid back in Parliament this week

Tue, 30 Oct 2018 18:12:43 +0000

This week is Justice Week – the replacement for pro bono week – and the campaign group More United has secured a debate in Parliament on Thursday. Our co-editor Sue James wrote about it in this week’s Gazette. Elsewhere in … Continue reading

A turbulent August

Mon, 03 Sep 2018 20:02:03 +0000

The summer is usually a quiet time; not so this year. There has been much going on, both in civil and crime, so here is a round up of recent events. Two more JR losses The MoJ and LAA have … Continue reading

New LAG Legal Aid Handbook

Sat, 07 Jul 2018 10:06:00 +0000

We’re delighted that the new Handbook, 2018-19 edition, will be published at the end of this month.The new edition is fully revised and updated and packed full of useful advice, hints and tips and guidance. It’s the only fully comprehensive … Continue reading

New LAA position statement on statutory charge

Sat, 07 Jul 2018 09:38:39 +0000

Family practitioners will be aware of a difficulty with the application of the statutory charge in some cases. Failings by a local authority towards have led to damages being sought on behalf of the child under the Human Rights Act.However, … Continue reading

LAA amends 14 hour rule for crime duty solicitor

Sat, 07 Jul 2018 09:23:38 +0000

Following discussion with representative bodies, the LAA has amended the crime contract in respect of the 14 hour rule for duty solicitors. The amendments come into force on 23 July. With effect from that date the scope of what can … Continue reading

Housing court duty tender cancelled

Sat, 07 Jul 2018 08:58:05 +0000

As we reported here, the High Court quashed the LAA’s decision to re-configure the boundaries of court duty schemes and tender based on the larger scheme areas. It found the basis for the plan to be so lacking in evidence … Continue reading

Housing Court Duty Tender Quashed

Wed, 27 Jun 2018 07:27:50 +0000

The High Court has quashed the LAA’s tender for housing court duty possession schemes in R (Law Centres Federation Limited) v Lord Chancellor [2018] EWHC 1588 (Admin). The Law Centres Federation argued that the decision to reduce the number of … Continue reading

LAA amends contracts for GDPR

Sat, 28 Apr 2018 17:25:23 +0000

The LAA has amended all current contracts in order to meet the requirements imposed by the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) and the Law Enforcement Directive (Directive (EU) 2016/680), being implemented under Part 3 of the Data Protection … Continue reading