This update contains information about a new ‘Block solicitor transfer/firm moves’ option that will go live on Wednesday 24 April.
We have also recapped below the other developments we previously updated you about that will be introduced as part of this system deployment:
You will now be able to claim interim payment of fees on the new online system for the following aid types: Criminal Legal Aid, Civil Legal Aid and Children’s Legal Aid.
You will also be able to claim interim outlays in the following aid types: Civil Legal Aid, Children’s A&A, and Children’s ABWOR
For information on the new accounts products that extend the availability of interim payments to all types of legal aid please refer to our update of 3 April.
Regulations to increase solicitor and advocate fees for legal aid and advice and assistance by 3% are due to come into force on 26 April 2019.
For information on the fee increase please refer to our update issued on 9 April.
We have now developed a third party access solution allowing you to restrict access for law accountants to specified cases only.
This third party access will enable your law accountant to access the draft account facility for all aid types. However, they will only be able to see and frame accounts for the cases that you provide reference numbers for.
Our update of 11 April 2019 contains full information on the new access restrictions.
You will now be able to use the new account screens to submit civil time and line accounts.
An Edinburgh/Local agent function is now available in Court of Session cases where, in the CIV/SOL application, you provided the Edinburgh agent details and these have not changed.
Our update of 16 April 2019 contains full information on the new products
From Wednesday 24 April you will be able to:
Benefits from implementing these online functions include:
How the block move/transfer cases’ option works on LAOL
We have created a new ‘Block Solicitor/Firm Moves’ option on the LAOL menu.
You will now be able to select from the options, the function you want:
Where a solicitor is moving to another firm and taking their cases, no interaction or decision is required by us. The move could be completed the same day as requested using this new form.
Situations where you will not be able to use the Block/Solicitor/Firm Moves application
You can use the ‘Firm Move’ and ‘Change of Nominated Solicitor’ application to move or update an individual case. However, you can only use the ‘Block Solicitor/Firm Moves’ application if you are transferring a minimum of two cases.
The system will provide, within the specified criteria, all cases available for a particular solicitor depending on the function selected. This will reduce the number of applications displayed to the solicitor, making the list manageable and meaningful by only selecting active cases.
The LAOL form will be easy to complete and send to SLAB.
We have set criteria to select cases:
The guidance section on our website currently contains training videos and interactive PDFs for the accounts products that are now live. Including the new paper account process.
Please open the Guidance page and bookmark it so that you are able to access it easily whenever necessary. A link to the guidance section has also been added to the LAOL login screen.
WEBINAR’s are currently available for the products previously rolled out.
For further information or to arrange a webinar:
Please contact:Christine Connerton, Digital Services Marketing Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org