Could Not Make it Up 

The 2018 Civil Contract bid round has not even opened yet and we already have the follow confusion: Please note: the Cabinet Office has introduced a new Selection Questionnaire (SQ) which replaces the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ). LAA tender documentation therefore refers to the SQ. However, the eTendering system has not yet been updated to reflect […]

CRM 12 Time 

By now Criminal suppliers should have received the email we reproduce below, from the LAA. Our reading of this is that you only need to submit a CRM 12 if you seek to make amendments to your Duty Solicitor allocations – new DSs, departing DSs and changes between schemes for those with branch offices. Most […]

Kindling (Fickle Flame) 

Some say that Nick Cave and Kylie’s “Where the Wild Roses Grow” is the best rock/pop duet of all time. I am a sucker for anything by Aaron Neville and Linda Rondstadt. Then you have Robert Plant’s fabulous project with Alison Krauss not forgetting him and Sandy Denny combining on Led Zeppelin’s “Battle of Evermore”. […]

Passing Thought 

The automatic right to an oral Cost Committee hearing disappeared in the mid noughties. After that date cost appeals go to individual ICAs sitting in camera. The experience of this is patchy and we have a plethora of examples of inconsistent and perverse decisions. By comparison we have succeeded in persuading the single ICA to […]

I Spy 

Compliance activity surrounding the 2017 Criminal Contract has picked up pace in recent weeks. Duty Solicitor compliance has been to the fore but office requirements (especially new ones) have also been under scrutiny, including Contract Managers acting as Secret Squirrel or perhaps Inch High Private Eye and making unannounced visits. To deal with office requirements […]


This, from another 6 Music discovery Susanne Sundfør is just so great I am posting it without a proper video.

Civil Bid Round 2018 

After a couple of postponements the 2018 Civil Contract Bid Round now looks set to begin in mid September. At least we should all be back from our summer hols! It will be an 8-week window, however such timetables have a tendency to slip. All that we know so far is here, you can also […]

Compliance Matters 5 

Another quarter has passed and another issue of the JRS “Compliance Matters” newsletter is available. Welcome.

Plus ça Change 

This issue is back, yet again: Dear XXXX, There is no precise guidance on the point and certainly none which supports the LAAs determination that a second reference is required on a further matter developing out of an initial DSCC referral. The only “logging” requirements are contained here and solely relate to matters NOT originally […]

Maybe a Moment 

Sorry, missed a couple of weeks due to a wedding and the last ever Grovestock. This is one of my favourites, Justin Townes Earle, back on top form with an excellent new album “Kids in the Street”

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