The first significant changes resulting from the government’s transforming legal aid proposals come into force on 2nd December 2013. The LAA have published amendments to the crime standard contract – narrowing the scope of prison law – and changes to the crime VHCC contracts implementing the 30% cut. Both sets of contract amendments are to give effect to new regulations, also coming into force on that date, which were supposed to have been published yesterday but so far have not been.
The LAA has also published updated guidance on the requirements for domestic violence evidence in private family law cases.
Links to all relevant materials can be found on our LASPO Resources page, and the new regulations will be added as soon as they are available.