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Legal Aid Agency changes standard cost limits in family law cases

£5,000 cost limitation after 1st May 2016

Substantive certificates for family work issued after 1 May 2016 will have a £5,000 cost limitation as standard, the Legal Aid Agency has announced.

There will be no changes to 'emergency delegated functions' certificates where the standard £1,350 will apply. 

All applications with limitations currently set at more than £5,000 will remain at their higher cost limitation. For example, Special Children Act proceedings.

This change will not affect the way providers make their applications. After providers make an online submission for family law work LAA staff will alter the cost limitation to the new amount within the Client and Cost Management System (CCMS).

This change has been introduced to help reduce the number of amendment requests which need to be submitted to LAA. The Agency says that the benefits to providers include: