Mailshots and updates


You can find details below of all updates sent to the legal profession in 2014. They contain information about new developments and any changes in legal aid provision


The updates are shown in date order. To find a particular topic, use the website's Search tool to search the content of mailings.

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To receive updates please contact Receipts and Payments with your email address on 0131 240 2080 or by email.

Solicitors registered for civil legal aid contact civilregister@slab.org.uk.

Solicitors registered for criminal legal aid contact criminalregister@slab.org.uk.


Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

Written Representations at a Children’s Hearing

We have updated the 2011 Act Children’s Assistance Handbook to clarify that if you place written representations before a children’s hearing on behalf of your client, this is representation even if you do not then physically attend the hearing.

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Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

New category code for civil legal aid applications to cover exclusion orders under sections 76 to 80 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 Act.

There is new category code for civil legal aid applications to cover exclusion orders under sections 76 to 80 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 Act.

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Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

Children’s Duty Scheme – Festive Period Arrangements

We have been advised by the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) that its offices will be open until 5pm on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. For firms who are on the Children’s Duty Plan on those days please remember that you will need to be available up to 5pm.

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Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

Sanction for Counsel in Non Accidental Injury Proofs

We have updated the 2011 Act Children’s Handbook to outline our general approach to applications for counsel in a S101 proof where the Statement of Grounds concerns the alleged non accidental injury of a child.

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Thursday, Dec 11, 2014

PVG Registration and Duty Scheme update

This update is to explain that all solicitors registered for the Children’s Duty Scheme will require to be PVG registered and have SLAB as a registered body on their record by 31 May 2015.

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Thursday, Dec 11, 2014

Changes to the fee rates payable in certain summary criminal legal aid cases

This mailshot provides solicitors with information about changes to the fee rates payable in certain summary criminal legal aid cases.

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Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014

The Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments and Assistance by Way of Representation) Miscellaneous Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2014

A number of meetings with local faculties are being held around the country to explain the changes coming into effect on Monday 15 December as a result of the new regulations laid in the Scottish Parliament.

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Thursday, Nov 06, 2014

The Legal Aid and ABWOR (Fees for Time at Court and Travelling) (Scotland) Regulations 2014

This update provides information about changes to how the fees payable to solicitors should be calculated as a result of the Legal Aid and Assistance By Way of Representation (Fees for Time at Court and Travelling) (Scotland) Regulations 2014

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Tuesday, Nov 04, 2014

Consultation to be carried out on Outlays

SLAB has been working on a number of savings programmes with Scottish Government, the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates.

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Thursday, Oct 30, 2014

Annual update on the Quality Assurance Scheme for criminal legal assistance

This update provides details of the decisions taken and the findings relating to the Criminal Quality Assurance Scheme, for reviews which were considered between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014. SLAB’s Criminal Quality Assurance Committee is committed to providing regular feedback to solicitors about the general findings from the peer reviews. This is the second update highlighting, in general terms, the issues and areas of good practice and the areas for improvement identified in the peer reviews considered between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014.

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Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

Cover available for Social Work case conferences, child in care reviews, adoption matching panels

We have updated the 2011 Act Children’s Legal Assistance Handbook to clarify the position about the cover that can be made available to assist with Social Work Case Conferences, Child in Care Reviews, adoption matching panels and other such meetings.

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Thursday, Oct 09, 2014

Additional required information letters for incomplete Form 2s will no longer be sent

We continue to receive a high volume of poorly completed Form 2 applications with insufficient supporting financial documents. Failing to provide all the necessary information leads to a delay in obtaining a decision on the applicant’s legal aid application.

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Thursday, Oct 02, 2014

Selecting the correct unspecified hearing type

We continue to receive a large number of initial ABWOR applications with the incorrect children’s hearing type selected. Selecting the wrong unspecified hearing type can lead to delay and double-handling for both you and us as you will require to apply again using the correct unspecified hearing type.

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Thursday, Oct 02, 2014

Procedure and reasons for removal from normal account payment service standards

The following list contains reasons why SLAB may consider removing a solicitor or firm from our normal 30-day service standards for payment. The list is not exhaustive but provides general indicators of the type of issues which require more time spent on the assessment process.

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Wednesday, Oct 01, 2014

Template 37 - Guardianship

Following enquiries about our recent mailshot on template 37 we thought it would be useful to further clarify the removal of the ‘additional work’ item from the template.

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Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

Adults with Incapacity applications – Whose resources should you assess?

We receive enquiries from practitioners about whether a financial assessment is required in cases where an application is being made in respect of an incapable adult, when the subject matter is Adults with Incapacity and, if an assessment is required, whose resources should be taken into account. It is also an issue which is commonly identified in Quality Assurance reviews as being done incorrectly by firms.

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Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

Cost limits on grants of civil legal aid

All grants of civil legal aid where the application was lodged on or after 21 March 2013 are subject to a cost limit. We are seeing a steadily increasing number of accounts being submitted where a cost limit is in place. If your account exceeds the cost limit approved by us we will abate your account and restrict it to the level of the cost limit in place.

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Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

Immigration and asylum

We are currently undertaking a review of our approach to and guidance on cases dealing with immigration and asylum matters and will produce more guidance in due course. However, our initial work has identified some issues which we want to bring to your attention because they may impact on our ability to pay you for work you have done.

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Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014

Applicants should not wait for their application to be rejected to be told what supporting documentation to send with their Form 2

We continue to receive a high volume of poorly completed Form 2 applications with insufficient supporting financial documents. This is despite the fact that in recent years, we have taken considerable steps to revise the Form 2 and make it easier for people to complete and also make it clear what supporting information they should provide.

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Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014

Sending civil legal aid applications with out-of-date financial information will cause the application to be rejected

Applications for civil legal aid must contain up-to-date financial information. An application should be submitted as soon as possible after being signed by an applicant to ensure its processing isn’t delayed.

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12, Dec, 2014

Police station duty scheme update

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10, Dec, 2014

Festive opening hours and profession payment dates 2014-15

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01, Dec, 2014

Police station duty scheme update

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13, Nov, 2014

Cabinet Secretary for Justice responds to questions on the legal aid system

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31, Oct, 2014

Annual Report 2013-2014

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29, Oct, 2014

Edinburgh advice projects mark success of first year

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19, Oct, 2014

New projects to help families tackle money worries

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13, Oct, 2014

Police station duty scheme update

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22, Aug, 2014

Submission of summary criminal applications

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12, Jun, 2014

SLAB moving to new offices in Autumn 2014

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