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Civil/Family contracts for 2018 tender postponed

The Legal Aid Agency has announced today that it has had to postpone the civil and family contracts tender, expected to open in May, until after the election.

No new date has been set and the Agency will issue more information when it is able to do so.

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Legal Aid Agency changes start date for civil and family tender

On the 20th of January, the LAA announced that it intended to run a two-stage tender process for civil and family contracts to start in April 2018 and that stage 1 would probably start in April 2017, with stage 2 in August 2017. In February they announced that a family mediation tender would open at the same time.

On Friday 17 March, they announced that instead they would be running both the selection criteria and invitation to tender stages together in May 2017.

Practitioners will need to remain vigilant and watch out for further LAA announcements. They can be found here.

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Mediation contracts – take action

The Family Mediation Contract is due to expire on 31 October 2016. You should have received a letter from the LAA (sent on 14 July 2016) offering you an extension to 31 March 2018.

The deadline for returning the offer acceptance form is 23.59 on 4 August 2016. The LAA says that if you do not accept the offer in time, your contract will expire on 31 October 2016 and you will not be entitled to payment for work carried out after that date.

As the summer holidays are upon us, it is possible that the person who would normally deal with the LAA contract is away. It is important that action is taken within the deadline.

More information can be found here.

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Mediation providers get more time

The Legal Aid Agency is changing the submission date for mediation claims from the 10th of the month to the 20th. This brings the submission date in line with crime and civil claims. The next claim is now due by 20th January 2016.

You should have received official notification from the LAA; but any queries should be sent to Reconciliation@legalaid.gsi.gov.uk

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Tender update

More news on a couple of ongoing or upcoming tenders:

  • The LAA has published an advert for the forthcoming clinical negligence, public law and actions against the police tenders. The tender opens on 1 December and closes on 23 January 2015.
  • The final FAQ for the current mediation tender has been published. This tender closes at noon on 31 October 2014. Remember that this tender is only for new entrants; existing mediation contract holders don’t need to apply unless they want to open additional locations.

 

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Family mediation tender opens today

The LAA has opened a tender for new mediation contracts to start on 1 February 2015. The tender will remain open until 31 October 2014. Organisations with existing contracts need not do anything unless they want to open new outreach locations.The IFA and further information can be found here.

All organisations meeting the LAA’s requirements and completing the tender correctly will be offered a contract.

 

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Mediation tender announced

In a change from previous statements, yesterday, the LAA published the timetable and initial information for mediation contracts for 2015.

  • Existing contracts will be extended to 31 October 2016 – contract holders will not need to bid
  • Existing contract holders will be able to bid for additional outreach locations
  • New organisations will be able to bid for new contracts to start on 1 February 2015

The tender will run from on 1-31 October 2014.

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