Sanction applications before a grant of full legal aid is made

While carrying out special urgency work, you can apply for approval for:

  • The employment of counsel
  • Employment of an expert
  • Work of an unusual nature
  • Work likely to involve unusually large expenditure

You should follow the usual procedures for applying for approval. The sanction request has to be linked to the work you are doing under special urgency cover.

Please note: at present our application system does not have a sanction function. If you are seeking approval in this situation you need to send a notification. Use the special urgency reference number and explain the need for approval. We will give our decision via a notification.

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