For the preparation that solicitors must undertake when sending a hearing from the magistrates’ court to the Crown Court through the Legal Aid Agency’s CWA (Contracted Work & Administration) online system, law firms can claim a new fixed fee. The new fee can be claimed under Magistrates’ Court representation orders issued on or after Monday 19 October 2020. Team LAWFUSION has been on top of this change since it was announced in September 2020, in terms of reflecting the new fee within the LAWFUSION software. Up until very recently, the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) were still fine-tuning their guidelines regarding the new fee. However, now their guidelines are set, Select Legal Systems has been able to issue the software enhancement in its latest release. It is now part of the billing functionality for representation matters in the LAWFUSION Legal Aid Crime Module.
This is one of several new crime legal aid fee changes in a series from the LAA in the last few months, that have all been reflected within the LAWFUSION software.
LAWFUSION – Updated With New Legal Aid Fees – Including Sending Hearings
Posted on 22.01.21