LAA agrees to re-draft 'embarrassment clause'
The Law Society welcomes the news that the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has agreed to revise the 'embarrassment clause' as currently set out in the proposed standard criminal legal aid contracts. An update on the LAA's response to the pre-action protocol letter issued by the Public Law Project (PLP) can be accessed on
the PLP website.
The Law Society was supportive of PLP's challenge, in which the Society was named as an interested party.
The Society initially raised concerns and presented strong objections to the implementation of the clause during the 2017 contract consultation process. We now look forward to engaging with the LAA and other representative bodies to agree a more appropriate form of words and to providing any necessary clarifications around the potential application of the clause.