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.

Immigration legal aid reinstated for non-asylum child cases

Wed, 01 Aug 2018 19:35:09 +0000

Earlier this month in a written statement the Justice Minister Lucy Frazer announced the government’s intention of reinstating non-asylum immigration legal aid for unaccompanied children. Doing so would require a statutory instrument amending Schedule 1 of LASPO, which can’t be … 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

New Civil Keycard Issued Today

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:39:24 +0000

This afternoon the LAA issued a new civil keycard, keycard 54, containing revised eligibility limits. The main change appears to be a small reduction in dependant’s allowances. It is unfortunate that the keycard was not issued until the afternoon of … Continue reading

Criminal Bar action underway

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 10:19:42 +0000

The Criminal Bar’s action against the reforms to AGFS, which came into force on 1 April, started this week. Many barristers have indicated that they will not accept instructions, or returns, on cases with a representation order dated on or … Continue reading

2018 Civil Contracts Update

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 21:37:09 +0000

Just before Easter, the LAA released some more information about the 2018 civil tender process. The failed discrimination tender will be re-run, though in the education category existing providers have agreed to continue, so no re-tender will be necessary. In … Continue reading