Advocates Meetings

I have hopefully resolved a disagreement between differing parties in a care case as to the definition of “advocates meetings”. Various views were expressed including one from the District Judge who had received some “cascaded” training.
The LSC define such events as being separately chargeable as part of your Advocacy claim when they are “as set out in the protocol”.
The protocol discusses these at two points, 4.5 and 5.2. The former is a meeting before the Case Management Conference and the latter before the Pre Hearing Review. There is no indication that these require specific directions and are time-tabled into the standard process.
I hope this wider airing of the issue assists.

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