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February 2013


Legal Action

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Quality under question

February, 2013 by LAG

Last month the Legal Services Commission (LSC) published the results of the tender round for the 2013 Standard Civil Contract. The number of legal aid providers applying for contracts exceeded the work available and the LSC adopted a strategy of dividing up the available contracts as widely as possible.


LSC awards 2013 civil contracts

February, 2013 by LAG

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) advised legal aid providers last month whether or not they had been successful in their bids for civil contracts, which will start in April 2013.


Community Legal Service (CLS) grant funding to the Advice Services Alliance (ASA), the Law Centres Federation (LCF) and the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau will end on 31 March 2013 and will not be renewed.


Where do we go from here?

February, 2013 by Lucy Scott-Moncrieff

The 2012 LAG annual lecture was given by Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, President of the Law Society, in London in December last year.

Law and practice

Mental health law update

February, 2013 by Pauline Dall, Robert Robinson, Martha Spurrier and Angela Truell

Pauline Dall, Robert Robinson, Martha Spurrier and Angela Truell report on recent developments in policy, legislation and case-law relating to mental health law. The topics cover Mind's policy work and other developments of interest to people advising on mental health law.

Law and practice

Family and children's law review

February, 2013 by Nigel Humphreys and Chris Graves

Nigel Humphreys and Chris Graves keep readers up to date with legislation, practice matters and case-law relating to family and children's law in their twice-yearly series.