Crime tender JR fails

Judgment was handed down yesterday in the JR taken by the crime practitioner representative bodies.  The challenge was not successful.

Although there was some criticism of the Legal Aid Agency’s handling of issues in relation to financial support for firms, Lord Justice Laws said: ‘I should conclude without hesitation that the scheme is proportionate. It is accepted on all hands that consolidation in the legal aid market is needed, if legal aid is to be provided at reduced fees. It may reasonably be concluded that this is a proper way to achieve it.’

Permission to appeal was refused but the injunction suspending the tender remains in place until 27 February 2015, to enable the claimants to seek leave to appeal from the Court of Appeal. The grounds of appeal can be found here.

In the meantime, the LAA has stated that it intends to resume the tender as soon as possible.

2 Comments

Filed under Crime, Uncategorized

2 responses to “Crime tender JR fails

  1. Pingback: Crime tender remains suspended | Legal Aid Handbook

  2. Pingback: Crime duty tender remains suspended | Legal Aid Handbook

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s