Managing 2018 Civil and Family Legal Aid Contracts
London, 1.30pm – 5.15pm, Monday 16 October, 3 hours CPD. Commercial fee: £125 + VAT; Standard Fee : £115 +VAT. Trainer: Vicky Ling
The LAA aims to start new contracts on 1 September 2018. This LAG course will cover what you need to do to submit a successful tender. It will also consider the 2018 civil and family contract, focusing on the new requirements to ensure you understand them and don’t get tripped up. We will look at topical issues in legal aid funding and the LAA’s evidence requirements to ensure that you pass LAA audits.
The course offers practical guidance and support. Legal aid expert, and editor of the LAG Legal Aid Handbook Vicky Ling, will lead a practical and interactive course that aims to empower legal aid practitioners, helping them obtain contracts for 2018 and manage the difficult times ahead in the ever changing world of civil legal aid.
Free copy of the LAG Legal Aid Handbook 2017/18 for delegates!*
The course covers:
• The timetable
• LAA fitness and quality standards
• Dealing with the questions on the Bravo tender portal
• Submitting a bid successfully
• Issues to be aware of in the 2018 contract
• Supervisor and office requirements
• The countdown to contract verification
• Issues arising from LAA audits and contract manager visits
Please note that the course will not cover the specifics of Immigration bids or price competitive bids in any detail.
Book at the LAG website
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*See www.lag.org.uk for terms and conditions.
Filed under Civil, Family
Lord Bach’s Access to Justice Commission has published its final report, available here. It is a detailed and thoughtful report, which should provoke further debate about the impact on access to justice – and particularly those who can’t get it – following the reforms of recent years. There is a lengthy list of recommendations, which fall into three main categories:
- The creation of a new statutory enforceable “right to justice” and the creation of a Justice Commission
- Reform of the legal aid scheme, including widening and simplifying the means test and contributions, increasing legal aid scope to restore most family, some immigration, and cases involving children, as well as reforms to judicial review, inquest and exceptional case funding, and replacing the LAA with an independent body and simplifying administration
- Wider and better public legal education and a universal advice and information portal.
Sir Henry Brooke, the retired Court of Appeal judge, was one of the commissioners. Since the publication of the report he has posted a series of blogs, well worth reading, looking at some of the background to the Commission’s recommendations.