WALES/ENGLAND – LSC – Family Contract 2012

On this page you will find all the contract documentation for new contracts to be awarded in Family and Family with Housing in February 2012.

On 5 September 2011, the LSC published an invitation to tender for new contracts for Family Services and Family with Housing. The contracts that successful providers will have to sign for the start of the contracts in 2012 can be found on the documents section of this page. 

From 5 Sept 2011 until the time contracts come to be signed in 2012 there are likely to be some minor changes in the documentation. For example, changes may be needed for any new legislation affecting legal aid. However it is unlikely that major changes will be needed to the text of the civil specification. You can therefore assume that the current text will not change materially during the tendering process or before contracts are signed. 

The documents include the Contract for signature, the specification, the payment annex and the contract schedule. 

Contract for signature including Standard Terms

The Standard Terms govern the underlying relationship between the LSC and providers. These are a generic set of terms that apply to the LSC’s three main face-to-face contracts:

  • Civil
  • Crime
  • Very High Cost Cases (Crime)

The Contract for signature is in the documents section of this page should be read in conjunction with the 2010 Standard Terms on the 2010 Standard Civil Contract page. On that page there is also a guide to the 2010 Standard Terms.


The specification sets out all the rules for carrying out and being paid for civil controlled and licensed work. 

The specification itself is divided into provisions of general application (sections 1 to 6) and category specific rules and payment schemes for family (section 7). 

For housing and other categories the rules are contained in section 10 to the 2010 Standard Civil Contract.

Sections 8 and 9 have been omitted from this specification as they relate to services for mental health and immigration which do not form part of this contract. 

Payment annex

The payment annex sets out all standard and graduated fees and hourly rates payable under the specification. 

These fees contain a 10% reduction to the fees currently payable under the Unified Contract. This is in accordance with the Community Legal Service (Funding) (Amendment No 2) Order 2011 (SI 2011 No 2066).


The schedule is an important contract document which sets out provisions specific to an individual provider, including Matter Start allocations for Controlled Work. Although the contents of schedules will vary between providers, a sample schedule can be found in the documents section for illustration.  



Last updated: 04 October 2011

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