LSC guidelines on financial eligibility for legal aid

02 FEB 2010

The Legal Services Commission has produced new guidelines to help practitioners when making applications for legal aid.

Although Rule 2.4 of the Unified Contract states that evidence of financial eligibility must be provided before starting work, the guidelines say that practitioners may assess financial eligibility without evidence if it is not practicable to obtain it at that time, eg cases of domestic violence, threats to abduct children, etc.

If evidence is never obtained where it was not practicable at the outset, then practitioners may claim a matter start (or 2 hours work if the matter is an old matter remunerated at hourly rates) providing they have acted reasonably (Rule 2.5(b)).

For further information, visit the LSC website.

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