News in brief – 15.04.2021

New issue of Costs Lawyer now live

The March/April 2021 issue of Costs Lawyer magazine is now live here. It includes an interview with new CLSB chair David Heath and an article from the boss of Frenkel Topping on its ambitions for the costs market, along with features on the guideline hourly rates review, the new rules on witness statements, seeking costs from experts and much more besides.

 

Legal aid bills switch consultation extended

The deadline for responses to the Ministry of Justice consultation on moving the assessment of civil legal aid bills to the Legal Aid Agency has been extended by a month to 10 May so respondents can consider clarifications and additional information that the ministry has published.

Anyone who has already submitted a response may amend and re-submit it.

 

Specialist Costs Lawyers urged to take part in legal aid census

The Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) has launched the legal aid census to gather “extensive data about the backgrounds and lived experiences of those working on the social justice frontline” – including Costs Lawyers.

It has been devised in conjunction with academics from Newcastle University Law School, Cardiff University and University College London, who will be analysing its findings.

Aimed at everyone working in legal aid, those aspiring to work in legal aid and those who have left practice at all levels, the census will complement the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid’s inquiry into sustainability of the sector, which completed its oral evidence sessions last month and is expected to report in September.

LAPG chief executive Chris Minnoch said: “We know from anecdotal evidence, and what we see with our own eyes every day, that the social justice sector is in crisis. The calamity caused by LASPO has been made immeasurably worse by the pandemic, but our government still refuses to act with the decisiveness and speed we know is needed.

“What we have lacked – and what the census will give us for the first time – is the hard data to back up our calls for urgent reform.”

The survey can be found here. It closes on 11 June.

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