Understanding the level and nature of legal aid provision
There are a number of current and planned projects that aim to build evidence on the supply of solicitors providing legal aid advice and representation and on the factors that may be influencing it.
Supply of civil legal aid and advice and assistance
We have used our data on applications for civil legal aid and grants of civil advice and assistance (including assistance by way of representation – ABWOR) to develop our understanding of how solicitors provide civil legal assistance and to identify areas that may pose concerns about access to justice.
Our analysis compared applicant addresses with outlet location (firms or firm branches making at least one application or grant in any given year) and breaking down the data to different areas of law, allowing comparison between areas and over time.
The latest data analysed is for the financial year 2011-2012. We have also produced a response to the findings.
More information from and about the project is available from John Osborne.
Recruitment and retention
Recruitment and retention of lawyers - full findings report
Previous research for 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 is available in the research archive.