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Managing 2018 Civil and Family Legal Aid Contracts



13:30 - 17:15

CAN Mezzanine
Old Street
49-51 East Road
N1 6AH


Vicky Ling

Level(s): Intermediate/ Update


Commercial rate: £125 + VAT - commercial organisations including barristers and solicitors in private practice.

Standard rate: £115 + VAT - statutory and not for profit organisations.

We now have a legal aid scheme which is so complex that even experienced practitioners can struggle to get it right. Public spending cuts have reduced the amount of support available from the Legal Aid Agency. Practitioners who remain in the system report greater difficulties getting funding due to ever tighter bureaucratic requirements. In addition, the LAA is scrutinising practitioners through on-site visits and audits. This course will cover the 2018 civil and family contract, focusing in the new requirements to ensure you understand them and don't get tripped up.

The course offers practical guidance and support. Legal aid expert, Vicky Ling, will lead a practical and interactive course that aims to empower legal aid practitioners, helping them manage the difficult times ahead in the ever changing world of civil legal aid.

Free copy of the LAG Legal Aid Handbook 2016/17 for delegates!*


 This course covers:

* The timetable and what is ahead

* What evidence you will need to verify your 2018 contract

* New requirements in the 2018 civil and family contract

* Topical issues in funding and evidence requirements

* LAA audit activity - how to prepare

* Keeping up with changes


*The free copy will be dispatched on full payment of the course fees. In the event of LAG having to cancel the course we will refund the course fees minus £60 to account for the price of the book. Please note the free book is only available to delegates booking on the commercial or standard rates.



Vicky Ling has worked in local government, the voluntary sector and was one of the first managers recruited by the then Legal Aid Board to implement its quality assurance standard 'franchising'. For over 20 years she has been an independent consultant specialising in legal aid practice. Vicky was the author of the Law Society's original guides to civil and criminal contracting. She jointly edits (with Simon Pugh and Anthony Edwards) the LAG legal aid handbook.