Legal Aid Consultancy

Why instruct us?

We possess a level of expertise and ability unmatched by other consultancy firms in the UK.  Amongst other unique selling points:

  • We have been instructed by the Legal Aid Agency's predecessor body, the Legal Services Commission (LSC) to train a large number of their auditors;
  • Many of our consultants previously held senior management and legal roles at the LSC;
  • We have an extremely high success rate when assisting with appeals;
  • Our non-practising solicitors are able to work closely with clients and counsel to achieve a successful outcome; and
  • We will provide honest opinions on the merits of a matter on a no-obligation basis.
  • Due to our combined experience, we are able to offer consultancy on all Legal Aid Agency (LAA) contracting and business management matters in addition to performance management and quality assurance.

Our Services

We provide consultancy advice and assistance in the following areas:

LAA Audits

We provide advice and assistance in preparing for and managing the outcome of LAA audits, inspections and verification activities including:

  • Contract Manager's visits (previously known as Financial Stewardship Audits);
  • Contract Compliance Audits;
  • Onsite Audits (previously known as Control Audits);
  • Costs Assessments & Exceptional Case Costs Assessments;
  • Peer Review;
  • National Audit Office Audits; and
  • Verification Visits & Data Validation Audits.

We can also provide advice and assistance as well as in-house training on contract compliance and quality standards to ensure that organisations and their staff members understand their obligations and know precisely what the LAA expects at audit.


We have lodged hundreds of successful appeals against a variety of different audits and assessments.

We are also experienced in representing firms and providing advocacy at the Contract Review Body which ultimately decides whether to uphold the LAA's decisions to terminate civil or criminal contracts.

Retainer Service

Alternatively, there is our popular retainer service.

The purpose of the retainer service is to ensure that organisations are one step ahead of the game by maintaining a managerial system which meets or exceeds the requirements of the LAA and the SRA Standards and Regulations (and which meets the Specialist Quality Mark or the Law Society's Lexcel Standard). This leaves the organisation with a feeling of control and able to concentrate on fee earning.

In addition to maintaining the quality assurance system, we also provide advice and assistance on major reforms being introduced by the LAA and the SRA.

The retainer service is tailored to the needs of the client. The service includes unlimited advice and assistance.

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.