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SRA Guidance To Immigration & Asylum Practitioners

Throughout 2022, the SRA, undertook a thematic review of Immigration & Asylum work. The results of this were published in November 2022 along with two new detailed guidance notes which all Immigration practitioners need to be familiar with. Please find below Amie Higgin’s summary on The SRA Guidance To Immigration & Asylum Practitioners. SRA Guidance To…

Post on December 6th, 2022

The SRA’s Effective Supervision Guidance

Following its thematic review in Immigration & Asylum, on 23rd November 2022, the SRA issued updated guidance on effective supervision. You can find the guidance on the SRA website here: https://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/guidance/effective-supervision-guidance Although it is SRA guidance, it is key to note that it applies not only to Solicitors and SRA regulated firms, but also to…

Post on December 6th, 2022

Legal Aid Criminal Contract Holders Meeting

As Consultants supporting Criminal Defence firms over very many years, we have felt and understood the pain of criminal defence practitioners as the rates of pay have decreased and the demands of work have increased. The fact that the Bar have achieved two successful increases in pay through direct action in the last 5 years…

Post on October 18th, 2022

Changes to the Immigration Contract Specification

Due to the changes introduced by the Nationality & Borders Act, there are a number of changes to the Immigration Specification which take effect from 1st July 2022. It is important that Immigration legal aid Providers are fully aware of the changes and understand what they are entitled to claim and how they can bill …

Post on July 1st, 2022

MOJ Consultation on Immigration Fees

On 13 June 2022, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) opened a consultation on the introduction of proposed new fees for Immigration legal aid work. The consultation has been launched due to changes to immigration legal aid made by the introduction of the Nationality and Borders Act, as well as changes to the way immigration legal…

Post on June 23rd, 2022

2022 Crime Legal Aid Tender – Walkthrough Guide

We have published a free walkthrough guide to the 2022 Crime Legal Aid Tender which can be downloaded below: 19.11.2021 – DG Legal Crime Contract and Tender Walkthrough Guide v3   Contact Us To discover more about how we can help your firm, please call 01509 214 999, send us an email or complete our free enquiry form.

Post on November 8th, 2021

2022 Crime Legal Aid Tender

The Legal Aid Agency has commenced the tender process for the LAA Crime Contracts for October 2022. We have produced a free summary of the Legal Aid Agency’s Information for Applicants document, which can be downloaded below: 2022 Crime Tender Summary Contact Us To discover more about how we can help your firm, please call…

Post on October 20th, 2021

2021 Face to Face Education Tender

The LAA has opened up a further tender for additional face to face Education contracts. This does not affect those providers that currently have an Education tender as these continue to run until 31 August 2022.  This is a new tender for those who do not currently hold a contract and are looking to be…

Post on April 27th, 2021

SRA’s Transparency Rules – Survey of Websites

A survey carried out by DG Legal covering the websites of over 400 firms in May 2020 has found that the majority of law firms have not understood the SRA’s Transparency Rules. There is a myth that the rules cover only prices. There are rules also cover use of the digital badge, complaints handling, and…

Post on June 10th, 2020

Update on LAA Financial Survey

The Law Society and LAPG have established that the LAA’s survey exercise is voluntary. This was not clear from the LAA’s emails. LAPG this morning have said: ‘During yesterday’s call we asked the LAA directly whether it is compulsory for providers to respond.  David Thomas, the LAA’s Head of Contract Management & Assurance, confirmed that…

Post on May 1st, 2020