Post by Colin Henderson on Sept 14, 2012 14:14:21 GMT
Today's headline for the Housing contract (I refuse to call it Housing and Debt - there is no debt allocation to speak of - only 4 cases a year!) is probably the stipulation that it will be mandatory to employ an Authorised Litigator for at least 17.5 hours a week.
Of course most providers had worked out that these contracts are so small that doing certificated work on top (if you can find the solicitors to do it) is the only way to be viable, but this does put the tin hat on there being no other option.
Experience tells me that means some advice agencies who hoped to continue with housing but didn't want the complication of employing a stroppy lawyer (with all the regulatory stuff and uncertainty of ABS registration) may now have to think again about bidding at all.
thanks Chris - so here is an interesting thing... in our area the volume of nms is set at about a 2 day per week worker - yet we would be required to engage a full time solicitor - so we would need to use reserves to pump prime the contract - our Trustees may find this too risky a situation, and would not be alone in this I suspect - anyone else in a similar position?