The Law Society has created this map to illustrate the areas where law firms have challenged the Legal Aid Agency's (LAA) duty contract procurement decision. It also highlights the estimated total value of the contracts at risk, as one challenge can have a knock-on-effect of halting the rest of the contracts in that area.
The Law Society is calling for an independent review of the legal aid duty contract procurement process following this widespread litigation brought by criminal legal aid practitioners who are gravely concerned that the evaluation process used by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) was flawed. Criminal legal aid practitioners have brought legal action in 69 of the 85 procurement areas which means that the LAA will have to defend its actions in over 100 challenges. The Legal Aid Agency has applied for a group litigation order to consolidate the actions.
The total estimated value of all legal aid contracts across England and Wales is £154,724,214. The proceedings issued by law firms mean that £132,957,564 (85.9 per cent) is currently subject to court action.
For more information on this issue, view the press release.
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