Legal aid reforms since the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) in 2013 and online reform training.
Since LASPO, the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has made a number of changes to the way legal aid is given.
The LAT programme looked into the further possibilities of legal aid savings and reforms were implemented.
List of legal aid reforms
The following reforms have become effective since LASPO:
- reforming fees in criminal very high cost cases (VHCC)
- changes in the scope of prison law
- changes to the use of multiple advocates under crime
- changes to experts’ fees – civil and crime
- removing the uplift for permission and appeal work under immigration and asylum
- harmonising barrister fees – civil (non-family)
- changes to the Crown Court means test under crime
- removing legal aid for cases with borderline prospects of success
- interim fee cut for crime of 8.75% (excluding VHCCs)
- changes to the remuneration of judicial review cases
- changes to remuneration schemes to reflect the introduction of a family court
- reduction of the fixed fee paid to providers in family cases covered by the Care Proceedings Graduated Fee Scheme (and the underlying hourly rates) by 10%
- amendments to private family law children and finance evidence requirements
- changes to bundle bolt-on fees
- court Bundles
- introducing Interim payments for litigators
LAT FAQs (PDF, 118KB, 15 pages) will be updated regularly as the programme continues and further reforms implemented.
Email (training): LAT team
Email: Other LAT queries