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Legal Aid Agency makes family case planning change

The Legal Aid Agency has made family case planning changes, as of 15 July 2019, which, it says, will boost cash flow for legal aid work and reduce the administrative burden.

When does the new process apply?
The change applies when:

The new scheme does not apply to cases subject to detailed case plans.

What needs to happen in CCMS?
When prior authority has been granted the provider will need to use the Client and Cost Management System (CCMS) to:

Will interim CCFS forms ever be needed?
Interim CCFS QC/ two counsel form submissions will need to be made only where such authority has been granted if estimated costs exceed £60,000. This can apply at any point before the case concludes.

What about final CCFS forms?
A final CCFS QC/  two counsel form submission must be made when the case concludes. This should be submitted with the supporting 'final assessment streamlining tool' (FAST) checklist documentation.

What are the benefits?
The new process allows providers and counsel to seek increased payments on account at an earlier stage against the £60,000 limit, aiding cash flow.
It will reduce the amount of contact between providers and the agency for these cases within CCMS as there will be fewer interim submissions.

This change applies only to those cases where authority for Queen's Counsel or two counsel has been granted.

For more information about the process, supporting documentation and training modules in family high cost cases, click here.