Transform Legal Aid TVE Response

“TV Edwards LLP has today published its response to the consultation” Transforming legal aid: next steps” published by the Ministry of Justice

Whilst welcoming the decisions to allow own client contracts for all firms , the response points out that, for the duty solicitor contracts to provide sufficient income to compensate for the 17.5% reduction in fees planned by government, there could be only 15 firms in London- by any standard insufficient for the capital city.

The firm accepts that different rates could apply in different geographical areas but points out that the “simplification” process suggested increases the cuts in fee levels proposed in London to at least 26%

The response  emphasises that without increased volume the planned reduction in 2014 will mean that there are very few firms left to bid in 2015.”

Transform Legal Aid TVE Response