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LAG legal aid handbook 2013/14

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LAG legal aid handbook 2013/14

Edited by Vicky Ling and Simon Pugh with Anthony Edwards

2013/14 edition

Pb 978 1 908407 26 9

Page extent: 448

This book is now out of stock as a new edition is coming July 2015 £60.00 ISBN: 9781908407580

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) came into force in April 2013. This book is an invaluable companion and essential reading for all legal aid practitioners from caseworkers to senior partners. The authors have expertly pulled together information that is not currently available in one place providing the only single volume guide to the scheme available from 1 April 2013.

'A focussed and well-written reference source that carves through the esoteric complexity of the current legal aid scheme. This book will become absolutely indispensable for anyone working in legal aid.' Patrick Torsney, ilegal

'… admirably clear on some very tricky points, There should be at least one copy in every office where legal aid work is carried out.' Carol Storer, director, LAPG

'I wish I could say "this book is never off my desk" but the truth is my copy of LAG legal aid handbook always appears to be on someone else's. Vicky Ling and Simon Pugh have yet again devised an important, intelligent, easy to read, and, above all,practical guide to our ever more complex legal aid system. Essential reading for all practitioners seeking to provide a firstclass service to clients in a post-LASPO world.'  Phil Walsh Partner/Practice Manager, Miles & Partners LLP

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) comes into force in April 2013. This is the most fundamental overhaul of publicly funded legal services in a generation. Even the most experienced legal aid practitioners will need practical guidance on the post-LASPO legal aid scheme.

LAG legal aid handbook 2013/14 is the only single volume guide to the civil, family and criminal legal aid scheme governed by the Legal Aid Agency. It is up to date to include:

- all the regulations governing the operation of the civil and criminal schemes, payment rates, financial eligibility and the statutory charge

- 2013 standard civil and criminal contracts, specifications and category definitions

- guidance on civil legal aid, on applying for exceptional cases funding and on the evidence to prove domestic or child abuse to the standard required to access family legal aid

- introduction of the mandatory telephone gateway

- changes to eligibility, means assessments and merits criteria

- funding of a case where failure to do so would result in breach of rights


LAG legal aid handbook 2013/14 provides a clear outline of the legal framework, explaining in detail what is in scope of LASPO. There is step by step guidance on conducting cases, getting paid, advocacy, financial and contract management, performance monitoring and quality standards plus an overview of the most recent policy developments. There are subject specific chapters where the rules are different: private and public family law, crime, immigration/asylum, mental health and mediation.

Packed full of case studies, checklists and practical hints, it is easy to navigate with extensive cross-referencing and signposting of the latest developments.

The handbook is supported by which will be regularly updated with news alerts and other material of interest. Readers can register for e-mail updates and follow on Twitter @legalaidhbk.

Customers who downloaded the Ebook prior to 20 April can download a new version with the updated crime chapters free of charge. Please log on to your Amazon Kindle Account to download the new version.

Cases started before 1 April 2013 will still be subject to the old Access to Justice Act 1999 regime. LAG legal aid handbook 2011/12 should be used for all pre-LASPO cases.


Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers

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