Legal aid – guidance

Legal aid: tender for contracts

How to tender for legal aid contracts in crime, very high cost cases (VHCC) and civil legal advice (CLA) using the eTendering portal.

Best practice

Read the LAA best practice for tendering (PDF, 91.8KB, 2 pages)

The LAA periodically runs tender exercises to provide publicly funded legal services in the areas of crime, very high cost cases (VHCC), civil and telephone advice (CLA). Information on current tender opportunities that you can apply for are detailed in the ‘Current tenders’ section below.

Legal Aid Agency (LAA) offers all contracts for tender through the eTendering portal, which is free. You have to be registered and logged in to read documents for each tender opportunity.

If you’re using the portal for the first time, read technical support guidance. Where you have registered for a tender opportunity through the portal, questions should be asked through the relevant portal message board.

Current tenders

VHCC accreditation

Civil tenders

2015 crime tender

2015 family mediation tender

Closed tenders

All closed LAA tenders are available for reference on The National Archives website: search the UK government web archive.