The new edition of the Handbook has now been published and pre-order copies are being dispatched. You can order your copy from LAG here.
This book is an invaluable companion and essential reading for all legal aid practitioners, from caseworkers to senior partners. The authors have expertly pulled together information that is not currently available in one place providing the only single volume guide to the criminal and civil legal aid scheme.
‘… admirably clear on some very tricky points. There should be at least one copy in every office where legal aid work is carried out.’ Carol Storer, director, LAPG.
‘I wish I could say “this book is never off my desk” but the truth is my copy of LAG Legal Aid Handbook always appears to be on someone else’s … Essential reading for all practitioners seeking to provide a first class service to clients in a post-LASPO world.’ Phil Walsh Partner/Practice Manager, Miles & Partners LLP.
The LAG legal aid handbook 2017/18 gives practical, step by step guidance on conducting cases, getting paid, advocacy, financial and contract management, performance monitoring and quality standards and an overview of recent policy developments. There are separate chapters on all the major areas of law covered by legal aid and sections devoted to litigators and advisers, advocates and managers.
This edition has been updated to include:
• full coverage of the new 2017 crime contract
• latest changes and updates to the civil scheme
• discussion of current case law and hot topics in legal aid practice
• hints, tips and practical advice from how to manage a contract to navigating CCMS
• specialist chapters on billing, crime, public family law, private family law, housing, mental health, immigration and exceptional funding
• a dedicated section for advocates
• guidance on managing legal aid work and tendering for contracts
• a full round up of the latest policy developments
The only comprehensive guide to the whole legal aid scheme, the new edition features chapters written by expert contributors Anthony Edwards, Richard Charlton, Steve Hynes, Solange Valdez-Symonds and Katie Brown. The LAG legal aid handbook 2017/18 is packed full of case studies, checklists and practical tips. It provides clear and easy to follow guidance on the ever more complex legal aid system and is essential reading for everyone involved in legal aid from new caseworkers to experienced lawyers and managers.