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No appeal

When the Court of Appeal gave the go-ahead for the government’s controversial legal aid reforms by dismissing an appeal by the Law Society and practitioner groups, and refused to extend an injunction suspending the tender process, the Law Society and the Associations said that they would seek to lodge an application with the Supreme Court for permission to appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision, and get the application heard Monday of this week.

An injunction suspending the tendering process for 527 duty provider contracts expired after the Court of Appeal refused to extend it until Monday while the Society sought to take its case to the Supreme Court.

Now there has been a change of plan. The Law Society has announced that it has decided not to take its fight to the Supreme Court.

Society president Andrew Caplen said: “Our counsel’s advice is that the recent judgment is robust and an appeal most unlikely to be granted. We have therefore taken the difficult decision not to apply to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal.”
The tender process, which had been suspended since December, has now been reopened and will close at midday on 5 May.

Caplen said the Society had great reservations about the new duty solicitor contractual arrangements and would call on the new government to review them urgently after the election.

He said: “Individual firms will need to make their own decisions on whether to bid for contracts. We will continue to support solicitors throughout the process.”

The Society has issued guidance for firms wishing to set up delivery partnerships.

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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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