Out and About 

Unusual couple of weeks coming up which will put some mileage on the car. This will involve a couple of longish in-house training sessions and a watching brief at a Contract Manager visit. Hope to meet up with an appeal client or two on the way and Andy and I have a meeting with some […]


Alt-J have been getting a lot of airplay – by which I obviously mean on 6 Music. I know nothing about them other than that what is contained in this review, save that my eldest recommended it (which is not necessarily a good thing).

Immovable Objects 

I have spent the morning dealing with 2 seemingly intractable problems; the first is the wreckage of a failure to submit a PQQ and the other an incomprehensible proposed recoupment. On the former I reread the case of Azam & Co, this is the conclusion from the High Court Judgment – the firm failed at […]

QA Upgrade? 

We have had the pleasure of Andy and Dean’s company at HQ for the first part of the week. They spent a couple of days working on our Office Manual templates in the calm that has followed the SQM audit storm. Their aim was twofold; to update procedures to meet Lexcel V.5 and to try […]

You Know it Makes Sense 

We have had one direct and another indirect notification of firms failing to submit Civil PQQs today. The experience of similar firms, to date, has not been good – they were essentially told “tough”. I imagine views will vary between “fair enough” and “well it was very poorly communicated”, perhaps with more sharing the former […]

Lies, Damned Lies and… 

Once upon a time the number of “acts of legal advice and assistance” was, wrongly, THE barometer of the success of the Community Legal Service. Nowadays this is not so, hence the lack of any significant reaction to the statistics analysed in this interesting article in TLS Gazette. This headline index, along with the number […]

Micro(scopic) Management 

I have just looked at a list of about a dozen Crime claims that the LSC want “data verifying”. They date back as far as 2007. Of these, 3 look to involve incorrect claim code to standard fee combinations. So arguably 3, erroneous claims, out of many thousands, spotted by this very high resolution microscope. […]

In 10 

A belated Friday song. Last year when Grovestock didn’t get rained off Gallery Circus closed up. They left these shores a few days later to make their fortune in the States. Here is their latest effort which I think is excellent and is out on 3rd September.

Next Webinar 

This Friday we are tackling the topic: Preparing for the Post LASPO World The recently tendered 2013 Contracts will see the most significant retraction of to scope of Legal Aid ever. This creates and enormous threat and a challenge for traditional Legal Aid practitioners. This course is aimed at providing some markers as to the […]

Tender Results 

Had a few queries from people half reading the LSC update in a rush to get out to Court. To be clear the mainstream results for face-to-face contracts (basic Legal Aid) will start to drive “late next week”. They are going to be staggered again, so don’t panic until you have heard nothing by the […]