I was wondering that even if the Law Society reach some sort of compromise with the LSC, would not the other applicants want to see the matter going to a final hearing, especially if those other applicants are organisations (or indeed a collective number of firms) who would still be without a contract in the event of a LawSoc/LSC compromise that would not have the effect of seeing all existing providers retaining their contract?
Plenty of voluntary sector SWL providers are unconnected to the Law Society however and I'm sure many of them are not without resources. It will be interesting to see what happens when more appeal results come through.
Post by StephenMichael on Sept 17, 2010 7:18:06 GMT
According to the latest posting on the Law Gazette website pressure is mounting on the Legal Services Commission over its handling of the tender for civil legal aid contracts, as it faces a growing number of judicial review challenges to the process, and talks with the Law Society broke down.
Now that would be a surprise if the LSC throws in the towel. However, given the number, and perhaps quality, of the judicial review applications that are either in play or are about to be, I wonder if they will just accept the inevitable and agree to scrap the whole thing now, and try to save some costs.....
But on the other hand, maybe they will still say that everything is rosy and fight on until the bitter, bitter end!
Post by StephenMichael on Sept 23, 2010 10:11:18 GMT
If the LSC abandon the whole process and introduce a re-tendering exercise, where will that leave all the firms who were winners in this process and have shelled out considerable costs preparing for the extra work? Will they face further JR proceedings from those firms or will they be hit for compensation claims?
I am in the fortunate position of having been awarded a contract for both of our branches that do Legal Aid and for exactly the number of NMS's that we applied for.The prospect of having to go through the whole process again fills me with something less than delight not to mention equinimity
However the fact that the LSC , through their constant mismanagement and inefficiencies, find themselves in a "damned ( [auto mod]? ) if they do,damned if they don't" situation makes me feel a certain amount of malicious glee