Pre-Charge Engagement 

The LAA are amending the 2017 Criminal Contract Specification from 7/6/21 see here. This will introduce a new fee for “Pre-Charge Engagement” for solicitors who act on behalf of suspects engaged in this process, these will be remunerated on an hourly rates basis with an upper costs limit of £273.75. Details are at Specification 9.113. […]

Covid Contingency Measures 

Chances are you have received recent communication from the LAA concerning Covid Contingency arrangements with regard to Office and Supervisor requirements. This appears to be a national exercise. This relates to this document which confirms certain allowable relaxation of contractual rules. It asks you to confirm if you are relying on any of the temporary […]

Who’s Tracking “Track and Trace”? 

There are many reasons why one might become angry about the “track and trace” controversy. You might simply feel that “consultants” fees are too high! Much of my work involves assisting firms who have been subject to retrospective contract compliance audits which have an explicit aim of recouping mis or over-claimed fees. This is, of […]

Strange 

Strange Celeste was the stand out performer on our enforced New Year’s Eve watch of Jools Holland. This is a stunning performance from last year’s Brits of a track from her recently released debut album.

Complaince Matters 10 

If you have yet to download the latest issue of our news sheet “Compliance Matters” here it is. It’s a lockdown special! Happy reading.

Ya No Mas 

In normal times I would be packing now in readiness for our Spring migration to Spain sometime in the next fortnight. Obviously we are not. Filmed entirely in and around our pueblo blanco look what turned up this very morning, sad and cheering in equal measures.

Biscuits 

I’m slow to Kacey Musgraves via a recommendation from the younger son. My taste is more to the Americana wing but if you want modern, mainstream Country she is fantastic. This too is a ridiculously vibrant video ideal for current drab, grey times.

LAA Contingency Arrangements Survey 

We have had a few calls regarding this survey: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/survey-seeks-views-on-contingency-arrangements It certainly seems more about information gathering than “seeking views” hence the unease it has caused. The 2 main questions have been: Is it mandatory? There is nothing to suggest so though we do advise completion. Can this lead to contract action or sanctions? We […]

Xmas Closing 

Well this feels very strange this year, not least as the office is already shutdown! We are as usual however going to be “closed” from 23rd December until Monday 4th January 2021. In the meantime if you have any urgent problems you can contact Simon on the usual number – 07970 494805. Emails will only […]

My Wandering Days Are Over 

New live album, “What to Look For in Summer” from long time favourites Bell & Sebastian is out today – this is from it. Run to the record shop as fast as you feet will carry you.