Yearly Archives: 2009

Criminal BVT pilots abandoned

Date: 17th December 2009 Categories:

It looks like the final nail in the coffin of best value tendering (BVT) has now been hammered in – for now at least. The government has announced that it is abandoning plans for the pilots. The tendering process had …

Criminal fee cuts announced

Date: 16th December 2009 Categories:

Cuts in fees for criminal legal aid have been announced by the government. Details of the cuts were given by legal aid minister Lord Bach in a written ministerial statement to parliament at 12 noon today. The cuts follow the …

Don’t back down Bach!

Date: 3rd December 2009 Categories:

In a meeting yesterday, the legal aid minister Lord Bach told leaders from groups representing legal aid lawyers that there would be no new cash for civil legal aid. This is despite growing evidence of the increasing numbers of people …

Bar moves with the times

Date: 23rd November 2009 Categories:

Historic reforms on the regulation of barristers were approved by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) last week. In response to mounting pressure the BSB (see previous blog ‘Bar behind the times’) has agreed that barristers should be allowed to establish …

LSC clamps down on claims

Date: 9th November 2009 Categories:

In October 2009, the National Audit Office published a critical report on the Legal Services Commission’s (LSC’s) overpayment of solicitors and other legal aid providers. According to the report, £24.7 million was overclaimed in 2008/09. The auditors found that providers …

Contract rounds get green light

Date: 22nd October 2009 Categories:

As expected the announcement of the civil family fee scheme yesterday (see below) has triggered the announcement of the delayed timetable for the civil bid rounds. The immigration bid round is intended to start at the end of November and …

Family fees announced

Date: 21st October 2009 Categories:

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) has today announced the fees for family cases. These had been subject to intense negotiations with representatives from legal aid providers. If publication of the fees had been delayed the whole bid round process for …

Reports from the audit trail … number 5

Date: 20th October 2009 Categories:

By Jon Robins I have visited the North Liverpool Community Justice Centre twice this year, as part of LAG’s Access to Justice Audit. You can see a film as part of the Guardian’s  Justice Gap series: www.guardian.co.uk/money/series/the-justice-gap.   The court …

Welcome proposed separation of civil and criminal legal aid budgets

Date: 13th October 2009 Categories:

The government has announced a review of legal aid delivery to be conducted by Sir Ian Magee.  The review will look at separating the criminal and civil legal aid budgets. This is something LAG has consistently argued for in order …

Nottingham rethinking advice?

Date: 8th October 2009 Categories:

Last week people from the advice world travelled to Nottingham to be taken on a journey through systems thinking (to paraphrase the blurb), the new model of planning advice services which AdviceUK, the national organisation representing independent advice centres, is …

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