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  • December 10, 2014 - WALES/ENGLAND – Minister tells judges to keep out of legal aid disputes

  • June 23, 2014 - UK – Stay-at-home mothers facing child custody battles without legal representation

  • June 9, 2014 - WALES/ENGLAND – Top family judge adjourns father’s contact case amid legal aid impasse

  • January 14, 2014 - WALES/ENGLAND – Holman J judgment starkly illustrates troubling effect of legal aid cuts

  • December 14, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Grayling presses on with civil legal aid cuts

  • December 10, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Family judge criticises reliance on free representation

  • July 3, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – PLO roll-out will not affect court bundle claims under Family Advocacy Scheme

  • June 30, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Family Justice Council fears impact of legal aid reforms on public law cases

  • June 11, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Family courts risk ‘collapse’ as surge in custody cases follows legal aid cuts

  • June 10, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Legal Aid Agency Guidance on the Remuneration of Expert Witnesses

  • June 6, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Legal aid cuts ‘put a generation of children in danger’

  • May 26, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Quality of family experts must improve, says MoJ

  • May 26, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Huge rise in fixed fees for family and probate

  • May 26, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Ministers seek to cut £50m legal aid bill for expert witnesses in family courts

  • May 22, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Family email advice line tries to fill gap left by cuts

  • April 23, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Co-op goes face-to-face with nationwide family legal aid service

  • April 20, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Expert witness ruling a blow to children, Society warns

  • April 18, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – High Court rules on funding of experts in legal aid cases involving children

  • April 18, 2013 - UK – ‘Transforming Legal Aid’: Consultation published

  • April 18, 2013 - UK – Research into impact of legal aid cuts published

  • April 9, 2013 - UK – Co-op calls on solicitors to ‘stop the clock’ on divorce work

  • April 3, 2013 - UK – 10 lies we’re told about welfare

  • April 2, 2013 - UK – The day Britain changes: welfare reforms and coalition cuts take effect

  • April 1, 2013 - UK – Legal aid changes spark solicitor warnings

  • April 1, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Unhappy couples rushing to divorce lawyers ahead of legal aid cuts

  • April 1, 2013 - UK – Number of online divorces to rise due to legal aid cuts, lawyers claim

  • April 1, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Legal aid when a child is at risk of abuse from a partner

  • April 1, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Legal aid for victims of domestic violence

  • April 1, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Appeal judge makes blistering attack on ‘emasculating’ legal aid cuts

  • March 31, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Legal Aid Update April 2013 – Funding Guidance

  • March 31, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Guidance on private family law and finance cases in scope from 1 April 2013

  • March 23, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Consequential, Transitional and Saving Provisions) Regulations 2013

  • March 23, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – The Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) Regulations 2013

  • March 19, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Grayling reprieves RCJ advice centre

  • March 19, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Lord Neuberger, UK’s most senior judge, voices legal aid fears

  • January 31, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Butler-Sloss condemns advice cuts

  • January 23, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Legal Services Board questions the benefits of the ‘cab rank rule’

  • January 22, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – LSC Guidance: High cost cases and family advocacy scheme guidance

  • January 21, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – LSC decides against funding community legal service grants

  • January 17, 2013 - WALES/ENGLAND – Prior authorities for experts in family cases

  • January 17, 2013 - UK – Almost a third of legal aid firms ‘consider pulling out’

  • February 8, 2012 - WALES/ENGLAND – Djanogly gives ground on medical negligence and domestic violence

  • January 27, 2012 - WALES/ENGLAND – Legal aid reforms under scrutiny as peers criticise proposed cutbacks

  • January 20, 2012 - WALES/ENGLAND – Domestic violence victims will lose eligibility to legal aid, claims new research

  • January 15, 2012 - UK – Legal Aid Cuts Likely To Run Into Trouble In The Lords This Week

  • January 15, 2012 - UK – Nick Clegg unites with Lords in battle to alter benefit cuts

  • January 12, 2012 - WALES/ENGLAND – LSC faces action on family law contracts

  • January 10, 2012 - WALES/ENGLAND – Legal aid cuts are false economy, says study

  • January 5, 2012 - WALES/ENGLAND – LSC – Family Contract 2012

  • January 5, 2012 - WALES/ENGLAND – Legal Aid Reform – changes to family fees

  • December 10, 2011 - UK – Family tender process – verification of information

  • November 11, 2011 - WALES/ENGLAND – Family tender process – notification starts 11 November 2011

  • October 27, 2011 - UK – Labour blasts legal aid fees cut

  • October 26, 2011 - WALES/ENGLAND – Legal aid cuts will cause courts logjam, warn top judges

  • October 23, 2011 - WALES/ENGLAND – Legal aid cuts will create distrubing new landscape for families, campaigners warn

  • October 17, 2011 - WALES/ENGLAND – Justice minister stripped of powers

  • September 27, 2011 - WALES/ENGLAND – Attorney General: cuts to legal aid will force people to represent themselves in court

  • September 27, 2011 - WALES/ENGLAND – The Law Society issues a new practice note to assist with applications for interim family contracts

  • September 22, 2011 - WALES/ENGLAND – Legal aid bill ‘contravenes UN convention’

  • September 7, 2011 - UK – Under pressure – are the legal aid cuts tough love or political expediency?

  • September 1, 2011 - WALES/ENGLAND – Expert witnesses elusive as pay falls

  • August 27, 2011 - UK – Legal aid: plan for 10% cut raises fears of more law centre closures

  • August 17, 2011 - WALES/ENGLAND – Family Law Bar Association criticises legal aid cuts

  • August 12, 2011 - UK – Bar Council responds to MoJ Funding Order consultation

  • August 11, 2011 - UK – LSC family tender consultation with representative bodies has closed

  • August 9, 2011 - Law firm mergers trend ‘to accelerate’

  • August 6, 2011 - How to represent yourself in court

  • August 6, 2011 - Legal aid cuts will bring more DIY cases into courts – which will grind to a halt

  • Guidance on fees and funding

    On this page:

    Family Fees from 9th May 2011

    On 9 May 2011 new fee schemes were introduced for family work – the Private Family Law Representation Scheme and the Family Advocacy Scheme. Guidance for both these schemes together with the Advocates’ Attendance Form are in the documents section below.

    The ‘Private Family Law Representation Scheme’ (PFLRS) under which solicitors claim a standard fixed fee for work done (excluding advocacy) from the issue of proceedings to the conclusion of the final hearing.

    The ‘Family Advocacy Scheme’ (FAS) under which both solicitor advocates and barristers claim a single, graduated fee for advocacy work done on public and private family law cases

    Visit the Unified Contract page for the new Family Specification and Payment Annex. Forms used for claims under the new schemes are on the civil forms page of the website.

    Forced marriage guidance

    Guidance is available on making applications for funding for forced marriage protection orders.

    National Centre for Domestic Violence

    The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) is a charity that helps victims of domestic violence in obtaining emergency injunctions.  We have produced guidance in conjunction with the NCDV which sets out how to work with the NCDV within the terms of the LSC’s Unified Contract.

    Decision-making guidance for family cases

    Guidance on the funding of contact activities, risk assessments and child contact centre fees is in the ‘Narrative and Guidance: public funding’ document.

    Appointment of guardians in public law children cases

    We are aware that there have recently been delays in the appointment of children’s guardians in public law cases and we have received queries from providers representing children who have been directed by the courts to instruct an independent social worker to undertake the role of the guardian.

    We appreciate the current problems with Cafcass resource, however, such work is not a legitimate disbursement under a public funding certificate.  It does not fall within the scope of services in the definition of Legal Representation in the Funding Code, nor is it an expense which would properly be borne by the client if they did not have the benefit of public funding.  The Community Legal Service Fund is, of course, limited and it is the responsibility of Cafcass to provide a children’s guardian in such cases. This does not affect the instruction of an independent social worker as an expert, appointed in accordance with the relevant Practice Direction, when carrying out additional work that does not fall within the functions of Cafcass as set out in section 12 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000.

    Providers should therefore note that any applications for prior authority for such costs will be refused as will any claim for costs on assessment.  If any providers have been directed by the court to instruct a children’s guardian in this way and there are queries in relation to this please contact Jane Worsey in the Family Policy Team by email or telephone 020 7783 7557.

    Immigration and asylum

    We have published an ‘Immigration Funding FAQ document’ to aid providers.

    We’ve also produced guidance on the process for submitting an application for a review of a refusal of Controlled Legal Representation.

    Narrative and guidance: public funding

    The ‘Narrative and guidance: public funding’ document contains an explanation of public funding. Topics covered include:

    • the statutory charge
    • costs
    • costs orders against funded clients and the LSC
    • prior authorities (including for experts in Children Act cases).

    Costs assessment guidance 2010

    The revised costs assessment guidance applies to work governed by the 2010 Standard Civil Contract.

    It does not, however, apply to work in the Family category of law, or to Housing work that continues under the Unified Civil Contract rather than the 2010 Standard Civil Contract. Such work remains governed by the costs assessment guidance issued under the Unified Civil Contract.

    There are no changes of substance in the revised guidance. However, the transfer of assessment of remuneration in Licensed Work cases from the courts to the LSC, anticipated in 2010 Standard Civil Contract Specification, has not yet been implemented. The costs assessment guidance, therefore, confirms that the costs limits for assessment by the court or LSC remain as under the previous specification.

     

     

    Documents

    Family Fees from May 2011

    Forced marriage guidance
    NCDV

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