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Deadline for legal aid bid survey extended by three weeks

Deadline for legal aid bid survey extended by three weeks

The London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (LCCSA) has asked firms to confirm their willingness to withdraw their bids for the government’s new contracts to provide 24-hour cover at police stations, to commence on 11 January next year, “if sufficient bidding firms in that area indicated they would do the same.”

It has also asked for confirmation from bidders which it said “have already reached a decision to refuse their tender offer” as well as firms that have not submitted bids.

In a message to members, the LCCSA committee said: “Many of us felt compelled to submit a bid for a contract but did so with little, if any, enthusiasm. In the past six weeks members have told us that, given the right circumstances they would withdraw their bids.

“We understand from informal soundings in meetings with London members that there is a belief that the great majority of solicitor firms who have submitted bids would withdraw them if they could be confident that other firms would act in a similar manner.”

Firms will find out next month if their bids for one of a reduced number of contracts for 24-hour cover at police stations have been successful.

The Criminal Law Solicitors Association is running a similar exercise.

The deadline for responses was 28 August.

But in a message to members today, LCCSA president Jonathan Black said he felt it ‘helpful’ to extend the deadline to 21 September. Black said that during August many members were on leave and partners had been unable to meet.

“Many members will also want to know the outcome of the negotiations with the Ministry of Justice before indicating their intention to withdraw.”

Black said. CLSA chair Bill Waddington confirmed the association was also extending the deadline for its survey.

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Mike Gribbin is a retired Civil Servant with wide experience, including the drafting and implementation of Parliamentary legislation and regulations. He is the editor of “Criminal Offences Handbook”, a uniquely comprehensive guide to more than one thousand ways to fall foul of UK criminal law. He is Editor of the Upper Case Legal Journal and has been writing blog posts for the past eight years.

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