Guidance

Standard civil contract 2018

The 2018 Standard Civil Contract governs the provision of face-to-face legal aid services in all civil categories.

Documents

2018 Standard Civil Contract standard terms (August 2018)

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2018 Standard Civil Contract Specification (General Provisions 1-6) (August 2020)

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2018 Standard Civil Contract category specific rules family (section 7) August 2020

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2018 Standard Civil Contract category specific rules mental health (Section 9) (7 August 2020)

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2018 Standard Civil Contract Category Specific Rules Housing and Debt (Section 10) (May 2020)

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2018 Standard Civil Contract category specific rules community care (section 11)

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2018 Standard Civil Contract category specific rules welfare benefits (Section 12)

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2018 Standard Civil Contract Category specific rules claims against public authorities (section 13)

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2018 Standard Civil Contract category specific rules public law (section 14)

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2018 Standard Civil Contract category specific rules clinical negligence (section 15)

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2018 Standard Civil Contract Category Specific Rules Mediation (May 2020)

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2018 Standard Civil Contract schedule (August 2018)

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2018 Civil Contract Mediation Schedule (August 2018)

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2018 Standard Civil Contract: contract for signature (August 2018)

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2018 Standard Civil Contract category definitions (August 2018)

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2018 Standard Civil Contract (Education and Discrimination): Contract for Signature

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2018 Standard Civil Contract (Education and Discrimination): Standard Terms

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2018 Standard Civil Contract (Education and Discrimination): Specification (August 2020)

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2018 Standard Civil Contract (Education and Discrimination): Category Specific Rules – Education

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2018 Standard Civil Contract (Education and Discrimination): Category Specific Rules – Discrimination

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2018 Standard Civil Contract (Education and Discrimination): Schedule

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Unacceptable Behaviour Guidance

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Supervisor self-declaration form: education

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Supervisor self-declaration form: education (transitional)

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Supervisor self-declaration form: discrimination

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Supervisor self-declaration form: discrimination (transitional)

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Supervisor self-declaration form: family

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Supervisor self-declaration form: immigration and asylum supervisor self-declaration

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Supervisor self-declaration form: mental health (route 1)

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Supervisor self-declaration form: mental health (route 2)

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Supervisor self-declaration form: housing and debt

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Supervisor self-declaration form: Housing and Debt- Exceptional Circumstances (22 September 2020)

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Supervisor self-declaration form: community care

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Supervisor self-declaration form: welfare benefits

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Supervisor self-declaration form: claims against public authorities

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Supervisor self-declaration form: claims against public authorities, abuse in care only

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Supervisor self-declaration form: public law

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Supervisor self-declaration form: clinical negligence

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Supervisor self-declaration form: family mediation

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Guidance on completing supervisor declaration forms

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Immigration and Asylum Upper Tribunal: Background Information

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2018 Standard Civil Contract training: category specific rules (education)

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2018 Standard Civil Contract training: category specific rules (discrimination)

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Latest Updates

Transitional arrangements for Forms - 2018 Standard Civil Contracts

New versions of paper forms relevant to the 2018 Civil Contract were published on GOV.UK on 31 August 2018. Providers are advised that the LAA will continue to accept previous versions of forms until 19 October 2018, at which point the transitional period will end and only the latest version of each forms will be accepted. The forms affected are listed below:

  • CWC (MH) - Mental Health Application for Prior Authority to incur enhanced rates for Counsel
  • CW1&2 - Legal Help and Controlled Legal Representation - Mental Health
  • CW3A (IMM) - Application for extension of Upper Costs Limit (v9)
  • CW3B (IMM) - Application for extension of Upper Costs Limit
  • Civ App 1 - Application for Civil Legal Aid Legal Representation Non-Family Proceedings (V18)
  • Civ App 6 - Legal Aid emergency application
  • Civ App 8A - Application for prior authority/change to cost limitation (where applicable) (v4)
  • Civ Claim 5 - Claim for Family Graduated Fee (Counsel)
  • CW3C immigration.

The 2018 Civil Contract

The 2018 Civil Contract consists of the:

  • Standard terms
  • Specification (General Provisions & Category Specific Rules)
  • Schedule
  • Contract for Signature
  • Category Definitions 2018

Standard terms

The standard terms govern the commercial relationship between the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) and providers.

  • 2018 Standard Civil Contract Standard Terms

Specification

The specification sets out the rules governing the provision of civil contract work.

The specification is divided into provisions of General Provisions (sections 1 to 6) and Category Specific Rules relating to the different categories of civil law.

The procedures for controlled and licensed work and rates for licensed work can be found in legal aid legislation and are referred to in this Specification (General Provisions sections 1-6).

  • 2018 Standard Civil Contract Specification (General Provisions 1-6)
  • 2018 Standard Civil Contract Category Specific Rules Family (Section 7)
  • 2018 Standard Civil Contract Category Specific Rules Immigration and Asylum & IRCs (Section 8)
  • 2018 Standard Civil Contract Category Specific Rules Mental Health (Section 9)
  • 2018 Standard Civil Contract Category Specific Rules Housing and Debt (Section 10)
  • 2018 Standard Civil Contract Category Specific Rules Community Care (Section 11)
  • 2018 Standard Civil Contract Category Specific Rules Welfare Benefits (Section 12)
  • 2018 Standard Civil Contract Category Specific Rules Claims Against Public Authorities (Section 13)
  • 2018 Standard Civil Contract Category Specific Rules Public Law (Section 14)
  • 2018 Standard Civil Contract Category Specific Rules Clinical Negligence (Section 15)
  • 2018 Standard Civil Contract Category Specific Rules Family Mediation

Draft sample schedule

This sets out provisions specific to individual providers. Use the sample schedule for illustration as schedules vary between providers.

  • 2018 Standard Civil Contract Schedule

Draft sample contract for signature

The contract for signature gives effect to the 2018 contract as a whole. This is sample contract for signature for illustration .

  • 2018 Standard Civil Contract Contract for Signature

Category definitions 2018

This sets out the legal definitions of each category of law covered by the draft 2018 Standard Civil Contract.

  • 2018 Standard Civil Contract Category Definitions 2018

Supervisor-self declaration forms and guidance

These documents set out the requirements that supervisors must satisfy

  • Supervisor Self-Declaration Form- Education
  • Supervisor Self-Declaration Form- Education (transitional)
  • Supervisor Self-Declaration Form- Discrimination
  • Supervisor Self-Declaration Form- Discrimination (transitional)
  • Supervisor Self-Declaration Form- Family
  • Supervisor Self-Declaration Form- Immigration and Asylum Supervisor Self-Declaration
  • Supervisor Self- Declaration Form- Mental Health (Route 1)
  • Supervisor Self-Declaration Form- Mental Health (Route 2)
  • Supervisor Self-Declaration Form- Housing and Debt
  • Supervisor Self-Declaration From- Housing and Debt (Exceptional Circumstances)
  • Supervisor Self-Declaration Form- Community Care
  • Supervisor Self-Declaration Form- Welfare Benefits
  • Supervisor Self-Declaration Form- Claims Against Public Authorities
  • Supervisor Self-Declaration Form- Claims Against Public Authorities- Abuse in Care only
  • Supervisor Self-Declaration Form- Public Law
  • Supervisor Self-Declaration Form- Clinical Negligence
  • Supervisor Self-Declaration Form- Family Mediation
  • Guidance on completing supervisor declaration forms

LAA data security requirements and guidance

These documents comprise the basic requirements that providers must meet to maintain the security of data processed on behalf of or with LAA.

Further documents

You can also use the following guidance and documents:

Published 19 September 2017
Last updated 1 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated Table of Amendments (dated 29 September 2020) published.

  2. Revised version of the Immigration and Asylum Specification published.

  3. Publication of the Table of Amendments to the 2018 Standard Civil Contract, the 2018 Standard Civil Contract (Education and Discrimination), and the 2013 Standard Contract (Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme)- 20th September 2020.

  4. Revised guidance on completing the supervisor declaration forms and supervisor self-declaration for housing and debt (exceptional circumstances) published.

  5. The table of amendments document updated.

  6. The following documents have been revised to support amendments made to disbursements for Controlled Work in Immigration and Mental Health: Table of Amendments, Immigration and Asylum Specification, and the Category Specific Rules (Mental Health).

  7. The following documents were revised to include further amendments to the LAA's payment on accounts procedures: The table of amendments, 2018 Standard Civil Contract Specification (General), 2018 Standard Civil Contract Specification (Education and Discrimination), and 2018 Standard Civil Contract (specific rules Family).

  8. Amendments to the 2018 Standard Civil Contract Category Specific Rules Mental Health (Section 9) published. Table of Amendments to the Standard Civil Contract 2018, 2018 Standard Civil Contract (Education and Discrimination) 2018 and the Standard Civil Contract (Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme) 2013 - May 2020 replaced.

  9. Revised 2018 Standard Civil Contract Specification (General Provisions 1-6) and 2018 Standard Civil Contract (Education and Discrimination) published.

  10. Immigration and Asylum Specification updated.

  11. Amendments to the Standard Civil Contract 2018, 2018 Standard Civil Contract (Education and Discrimination) 2018 and the Standard Civil Contract (Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme) 2013 published.

  12. Ammended document

  13. 2018 Standard Civil Contract schedule (August 2018) updated.

  14. updated guidance documents

  15. Page updated to add training slides for providers delivering face-to-face education and discrimination advice from 1 September 2019

  16. 2018 Standard Civil Contract (Education and Discrimination) documentation published.

  17. Publication of education and discrimination supervisor forms and table of amendments to the 2018 Civil Contract, and revised guidance on completing supervisor forms.

  18. Amended version of the 2018 Standard Civil Contract - Family Category Specific Rules published.

  19. Changing exclusion zones

  20. New document added entitled 'Immigration and Asylum Upper Tribunal: Background Information'.

  21. A communication was added to the page under the 'Latest Updates' subheading regarding transitional arrangements for forms.

  22. Replace documents from draft to final

  23. Contract management mental health guidance September 2018 uploaded

  24. Training slides for 2018 Standard Civil Contract

  25. Removal of the following 2018 Standard Civil Contract Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme documents: Category Specific Rules, Contract for Signature, and the Scheme Schedule.

  26. Publication of final version of 2018 Standard Civil Contract documentation.

  27. 2018 Standard Civil Contract Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme documents published.

  28. First published.