New Forms Alert

There is a whole batch of new forms, both CLS and CDS (though mainly the former) which become mandatory from November. You can see previews here.
I have not trawled them all to spot the differences, no prize on offer, however there is a document which explains this.
The one issue on which we have received additional correspondence is the new “partners declaration” on the CW1 – Legal Help form. Here is some guidance as to when this must be completed – primarily with regard to telephone of postal advice. This also contains the assertion that it will be “rare” for a firm to commence work in advance of the provision of proof of means. This is not my interpretation of Rule 2.5 but clearly one they intend to push quite hard.
Please make sure that all fee earners desks are thoroughly searched and all out of date forms are removed and ceremonially destroyed – happy burning.

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