The start of the new 2015 Own Client and Duty Solicitor crime contracts has been deferred. According to the Legal Aid Agency, services under the new contracts will start on 1 April 2016.
This is in order to address legal challenges from firms who were unsuccessful in the recent tender for these contracts, and make sure that the transition to the new contracting model can start securely.
The below planned LAT reforms will proceed in line with the new contracts on 1 April:
Potential Fee Reduction Reversal
Please be aware that a decision is yet to be made on the offer to temporarily reverse the crime fee reductions of 1 July 2015.
If the reversal goes ahead it will also be deferred until after 31 March 2016.
We will update our Criminal Case Management Software accordingly to reflect the latest changes. The DPS Crime system is designed to be completely flexible although precedents covering a firm’s typical requirements are provided. More information can be found here.
Added By: DPS Software | Date Added: 19th Nov 2015