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Legal aid contract challenges extended to May


At a hearing on 21 December 2015 it was decided that challenges to the government’s tender process for criminal legal aid will come to court towards the middle of next year. A judicial review, sought by the Fair Crime Contracts Alliance, will be heard in the divisional court by Lord Justice Laws and Sir Kenneth Parker.

More than 100 individual procurement law challenges, sought in accordance with part 7 of the Civil Procedure Rules, will be heard in the Technology and Construction Court by Parker. It was agreed that the judicial review will commence on 7 April and is expected to last seven days. A hearing for the part 7 claims will commence on 3 May and is expected to finish on 16 May. Read the full story

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More delay in the legal aid contract dispute


A group of 65 firms, including successful as well as unsuccessful bidders, came together under the title Fair Crime Contracts Alliance Ltd. The Alliance sought an application for urgent consideration and expedition. The High Court was to consider whether to grant permission for judicial review of the government’s tender for new legal aid contracts amid questions about whether the parties have sufficient standing to bring proceedings.

The High Court granted permission for judicial review of the government’s tender for new legal aid contracts. Read the full story

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Legal Aid Judicial Review


A last-ditch challenge to the lord chancellor’s legal aid reforms was thrown out by the High Court on Tuesday. The Law Society and practitioner groups are seeking an appeal.

Lord Justice Laws and Mr Justice Cranston heard challenges last month by the Law Society and practitioner groups the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association (CLSA) and London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (LCCSA) to Chris Grayling’s decision to press ahead with two-tier contracts for criminal legal aid. Read the full story

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