The attached response to a Freedom of Information Act request I made demonstrates massive financial mismanagement by the Legal Aid Agency’s Contract Management and Assurance Team. Such threatens the very existence of the Civil Legal Aid Scheme apparently.
UPDATE 23rd Jan 2023:
I’ve had no response so far to the above. In the meantime, I have emailed David Thomas, Head of Contract Management and Assurance at the Legal Aid Agency, regarding the issue, particularly around the effect of this position on future tender exercises.
I have researched LASPO and there may be scope for grants and/or loans to place new entrants and Crime Providers on an even playing field with Civil Providers who are de facto in receipt of business support loans courtesy of the Legal Aid Agency’s apparent mismanagement of the Standard Civil Contract over a very long period of time.
Later in the week, I’ll follow with another blog post detailing how you can challenge the issue, by the Legal Aid Agency of a Contract Notice, up to and including formal review.
What are your thoughts on the above issue? Leave me a comment!