New Entrants Professional Indemnity Insurance
by Legal Aid Contracts Expert Mark Gaskell
This is an update to the previous blog that can be found here. I continue to be perplexed by the Legal Aid Agency’s requirement for Professional Indemnity Insurance so far in advance of Contract awards for new entrants. This is a great and unneccessary expense to new entrants, and possibly invalidates cover as there is no Contract, no work being undertaken and, therefore, no insurable interest.
Solicitors have complained to me that the required PI insurance costs several thousand pounds a year, yet the first 6+ months of the payment is wasted whist the tendering process slowly grinds along.
Below is the email I sent to the Chief Executive of the Legal Aid Agency recently and to which a reply is still awaited. This is a very important issue and, as is so often the case, it is proving difficult to get a reply, let alone a sensible reply, out of the Legal Aid Agency.
I will start to press the matter and keep you updated.
Next week’s blog concerns a serious bullying issue in Contract Management and Assurance as detailed in two successive annual staff surveys. This is another issue where secrecy and a failure to address the matter is, in my view, seriously affecting performance.
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