Post by Patrick Torsney on Aug 14, 2006 11:20:32 GMT
The LSC have proposed that the fee for any tolerance cases will be 15% less than the appropriate fee for cases conducted under a controlled work contract. The LSC is proposing this as it says it wants to encourage organisations undertaking large amounts of tolerance work to obtain contracts which would then provide greater levels of quality assurance and therefore improved services to clients
The LSC has said that eventually the concept of tolerance work will disappear as the Preferred Supplier scheme is rolled out and CLS Direct expanded. By lowering the fee for this work at this time the LSC hopes to encourage those organisations undertaking small amounts of this work either to refer the client to a specialist provider or to CLS Direct
Nor will there will be no provision for additional payments for “exceptional” tolerance cases either, as the LSC considers that more complex cases should be undertaken by quality assured practitioners in the particular category of law
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I would be unhappy to see tolerance work go as I believe it is an access issue. There are few solicitors or otherwise in our area who would take on some of the debt cases that we are presented with for instance, and not all clients circumstances are such that they would fit neatly into the LSC utopic view that CLS direct is the answer.