UK’s Legal Aid Agency extends criminal legal aid contracts for enhanced stability

UK’s Legal Aid Agency extends criminal legal aid contracts for enhanced stability

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The LAA released a “headline intentions” document which outlines the changes and benefits of the extended contract period. This move is designed to provide legal aid providers with the certainty needed to plan and make long-term investments in their operations. Despite the extended term, the contracts will maintain a clause allowing for termination within six months, with firms required to give a three-month notice if they choose to withdraw. Additionally, the new framework will enable new providers to apply for contracts at any point from the start date up until the final year. Current providers will also have the opportunity to expand their office networks and duty schemes throughout the duration of the contract. Law Society president Nick Emmerson expressed support for the new 10-year contracts, highlighting the reduction in…
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