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What happens if your client does not comply with our requests for information?
We have to assess and collect any contribution payable by your client who is receiving special urgency cover. For this, we have to get information about their circumstances and any changes to these.
If your client has been refused legal aid, we can still ask them for information to allow us to carry out a proper means assessment.
If they do not give us the information we ask for, we can recover from your client the total amount we have paid in fees and outlays to you. You can still submit your account for the urgent work done.
Make sure your client is aware of the implications of not providing the information we require.
Special Urgency cover for steps in court proceedings before a decision is made on a legal aid application
Find out about the scope of legal aid for special urgency work and the criteria to be met to ensure payment for this urgent work.
Find out about the online declaration, what it is for and how it ensures payment for work carried out.
Guidance on applying for cover for special urgency
Learn about what you need to include in your application and view examples of when special urgency will be granted.
Availability of special urgency cover after full legal aid is refused
Find out if you can apply for special urgency cover when the full legal aid application has been refused.
Sanction applications before a grant of full legal aid is made
Find out whether you can apply for sanction under special urgency cover.
Status of your client
Find out whether your client is a legally assisted person when work is done for them under a grant of special urgency.
Legal aid application must be submitted within 28 days of commencement of urgent work
Find out how to avoid non payment of the special urgency work you carry out.
Extent of a grant of special urgency
Find out what work will be covered by a grant of special urgency.