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 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

Advice sooner for people threatened with homelessness

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 19:02:20 +0000

The Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 came into effect today. There is a change to the definition of ‘threatened with homelessness’, which has beneficial knock on effect in terms of eligibility for legal aid. From today, people in England qualify for … Continue reading

Some prison law cases back in scope

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:57:30 +0000

Following the decision of the Court of Appeal in Howard League for Penal Reform & Anor, R (On the Application of) v The Lord Chancellor [2017] EWCA Civ 244, new regulations have come into force returning some prison law cases to … Continue reading

LAA cancels tender for education and discrimination contracts

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 12:24:25 +0000

The LAA has announced that it is terminating the tender for CLA telephone contracts in the education and discrimination categories because “insufficient compliant tenders” were received, meaning there would not be enough successful bidders to run the service. As there … Continue reading

Changes to legal aid for victims of domestic abuse in force on Monday

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 11:50:12 +0000

Funding for private family law cases is generally only available where the applicant for legal aid can show that they are a victim of domestic abuse, or where they can show that the aim of the proceedings is to protect … Continue reading

HPCDS tender deadline extended

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 11:27:57 +0000

The LAA has issued some clarification regarding the volumes of services available, and as a result has extended the deadline for submitting bids to 11 December at 5pm. Applicants should be using version 3 of the Information for Applicants. More … Continue reading

Civil and Family contract extensions acceptance deadline

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:14:11 +0000

The LAA has sent emails to holders of civil, family and mediation contract holders to inform them about contract extensions to 31 August 2018. Holders of 2010 contracts (Mediation) and 2013 contracts (Family, Immigration/Asylum, Housing/Debt) need to send back an … Continue reading