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Resolution seeks meeting with Lord Bach over restrictions on matter starts

Concern grows over "high-handed" change in LSC policy

Resolution has written to Lord Bach, the legal aid minister, for an urgent meeting to discuss LSC policy over granting new matter starts to firms who have fulfilled their contract quota.

Karen McKay, the organisation's Chief Executive, says that family lawyers are currently turning clients away because of the change in policy, painting a bleak picture of the impact that this will have on legal aid provision:

“The current contracts have nearly five months to run and if firms cannot take on new cases in that time many of them will go out of business. Legal aid firms operate on very slim margins and such sudden changes to the flow of funds and work threaten the existence of these practices......”

..... We understand that the LSC now plan to ‘rob Peter to pay Paul’. Some firms with unused quotas face ‘handing them back’ so that they can be reassigned to other firms. No business or industry can afford to have its business model altered in this peremptory and haphazard fashion...."

The full text of the press release can be found on the Resolution website here.