Strictly Legal Aid Dance Off 

There are a limited number of opportunities to expand your civil contracts currently available. This tendering round has a closing date of 4 pm Tuesday 13th November except in Mental Health which has an extended deadline of Wednesday 28th November – same 4 pm cut off. If you require any help give us a ring. […]

Trinny or Suzanna Required 

Got an invite to a 50th birthday party yesterday with the dress code –“dress to impress”. Any ideas what this means?

Penny Dip 

Civil and Criminal scheme telephone enquiries, forthcoming deadlines, an urgent Point of Principle application to write with this afternoons course (with a big audience) to do final prep for – so little time for blogging. I also reiterate my prediction of fireworks on bonfire night. Our CMRF and CDS 6 Wizards are making slow progress […]


We reported the final Law Society guidance on CDS Contract signature last week. The Gazette leads with it in the latest issue. By now you will be aware that they cannot say that the contract is “unlawful” and that the decision on signature is one for individual firms. So to repeat the deadline is; Wednesday […]


Given the length of time I’ve spent on the phone today there really was only one choice for this Friday’s song.

In Future Ring Early 

Just advising an applicant for a new January CDS contract on what has been an unbelievably busy day on the phones. I am asked to advise upon an appropriate answer to D4.5 on the SQM Supervisor self declaration form with regard to mechanisms for maintaining an up to date knowledge of law and practice. My […]

Online Billing Update 

The all new CMRF Wizard, necessary for your next batch of contract reporting, is nearly ready. All we need now is access to an LSC promised trial upload site, to test out if it works. We are currently therefore, at the mercy of our large metallic overlords. We will mail you (if you are on […]

No Purchase Required 

Off shouting in Manchester but now in a rush due to my own incompetence (wallet left at home). Sandra is finishing off the course packs as we speak using “double barrelled” laminators. Those civil suppliers who have always been jealous of their criminal colleagues because they get this fantastic claim code laminate need no longer […]


I posted this on Monday, with the following commentary on Contract Compliance Auditing: Someone prophesised a return to this discredited form of assessment and true to form a client received a file request last week. It is to be hoped that this is not the case not least for my own quality of life, especially […]

Culture Clash 

It’s long way from the “worst place to live in in the UK” to the second best . And yet this is where I am. My hotel, chosen partly for having good food, cannot feed me (full) and so I have to head out on a search round town (they have beggars too). A half […]