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.

LASPO review – still much to do

Sun, 03 Mar 2019 20:25:34 +0000

The Ministry of Justice published its analysis of the impact of LASPO in February. Although it acknowledges that the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 damaged access to justice in England and Wales, the scale of any … Continue reading

The Law Society Future of Law lecture: the future of justice and the justice system

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 15:44:00 +0000

Carol Storer reports back on the inaugural lecture of The Law Society’s 2019 thought leadership seminars with Lucy Frazer QC MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice Christina Blacklaws, President of The Law Society, introduced the … Continue reading

LAA gets new power to backdate funding

Thu, 31 Jan 2019 09:19:43 +0000

Following the successful challenge in R (Duncan Lewis Solicitors Ltd) v Director of Legal Aid Casework and the Lord Chancellor in October 2018, the LAA has announced that it will get new powers to backdate funding under legal aid certificates … Continue reading

Updated guidance for civil legal aid applications

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:14:50 +0000

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) published updated guidance on who qualifies for civil legal aid on its website last week (11 January 2019). Resources available on the site include guides to scope, merits and means, as well as links to … Continue reading

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