Law Society letter to government on crime contract problems
President of the Law Society Robert Bourns has written to Sir Oliver Heald MP to raise the concerns of members over the problems which occurred during the Legal Aid Agency's (LAA) process of issuing the 2017 crime contracts.
Law Society staff liaised between anxious members and the LAA in an effort to resolve the issues and reassure members who were worried about not being able to upload their contract schedules by the deadline.
The letter focuses on the combination of IT failures, lack of communication and poor timing which came together to create delays in the issuing of the contracts and difficulty for some firms in uploading the contract schedules. These problems in turn caused significant stress and anxiety for the practitioners affected.
Read the full letter below.