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Law Society issues alternatives to PCT consultation paper

Posted: 5 April 2013

The Law Society has today issued a major consultation paper inviting the profession's views on a number of alternatives to price competitive tendering for criminal legal aid ('PCT'). The purpose of this consultation paper is to give Law Society members an opportunity to contribute to shaping the vision and strategy of the Society in relation to future tendering for criminal legal aid services. It covers:

  • the problems that exist with the present system
  • reforms that could be made to the system
  • the features and problems with Price Competitive Tendering 
  • the options that the Society wishes to explore.

Download the paper (PDF 420 kb)
Annex B: Crime tender survey results (PDF 3 MB)  

The Society remains deeply concerned that any tendering model based on suppliers competing for legal aid contracts solely on the basis of price may be unsustainable.We are committed to protecting the interests of our members, and to doing our utmost to ensure that you are able to continue to provide your clients with the essential services they need. But we need your help, your ideas and your feedback to be able to do this.

Submit your response

We welcome practitioners' views on the options outlined in the paper and have provided the following questionnaire to help formulate your response:

Consultation questions (Word 95kb)

Please forward the completed form to: crimetendering@lawsociety.org.uk to arrive no later than Friday 10 May 2013.

We urge as many of our members as possible to respond to the Law Society paper - whether you undertake legal aid work or not. The results will inform the Society's response to the Government consultation, and subsequent discussions with the Government on future tendering for criminal legal aid. This is the profession's chance to try to find an alternative to PCT, and to influence the debate as to how criminal legal aid is procured in future.

 

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