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Guidance to help criminal legal aid solicitors cope with the government cuts

Last updated: 25 April 2014

The Law Society has issued guidance to help criminal legal aid solicitors cope with the cuts and dramatic market changes announced by the Ministry of Justice in February.

The guidance will help solicitors adapt to the Legal Aid Agency's new requirements for delivering criminal legal aid and help firms consider options for suitable business models and the steps needed to pursue them.

The document identifies the types of business models that are most likely to be sustainable over the long-term, such as mergers, joint ventures and consortia.

It provides detailed information on how firms can adopt these new business models and will help firms to deal with difficult market conditions, including cost pressures, challenges around investing for the future and declining volumes of work.

The information explains the compatibility of new ways of working with SRA regulations and code of conduct.

Download the guidance below.

Our video also gives guidance to help solicitors adapt to the Legal Aid Agency's requirements for the delivery of criminal legal aid. It also has information to help firms consider options for suitable business models and the steps needed to pursue them.