The Law Society has lodged a judicial review against the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) for not fairly consulting the profession before deciding to move legal aid cost assessments in-house.

The LAA announced in June it was to move all cost assessments in-house on the basis that it would speed up processing of bills and help firms’ cashflow during the pandemic.

Under the move, from 17 August 2020 all civil court assessed claims will be handled by the LAA civil finance team instead of the courts.

However, the Society is concerned that the representative bodies were not consulted before the decision to permanently transfer costs assessments exceeding £2,500 to the LAA.

The Society’s president Si...

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