CRIMINAL LAW SOLICITORS' ASSOCIATION

The CLSA has a continuing dialogue with the LAA in relation to the 14 hours requirement

The CLSA has a continuing dialogue with the LAA in relation to the 14 hours requirement and as a consequence of recent discussions can confirm;

  • The LAA confirmed its intention to retain the 14 hours requirement.
  • The LAA state that there are still firms who are operating with very different rules to the norm and the LAA maintains 14 hours is the method of addressing this.
  • The Representative bodies unanimously asked the  LAA to consider crown court advocacy to count towards 14 hours whilst still requiring 36 attendances (Police Station, Magistrates and others)
  • The LAA agreed to consider (and CCCG) asked that a small sub-group be set up to explore further the 14 hours
  • In the meantime the LAA will pause any contract action where, if crown court advocacy counts towards 14 hours, all other requirements are met

If any firm is unhappy with the result of an audit they should follow the advice below;

  • Utilise the contract review routes available
  • Raise a complaint using an email headed “Complaint” to the LAA
  • Contact the CLSA via hours@clsa.co.uk who will contact John Sirodcar (Head of Contracting) and open up four way dialogue with the firms Contract Manager

Zoe Gascoyne, CLSA Chairman

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