27 March 2020
Please note: These hybrid arrangements were temporary and have now been replaced by permanent provisions. See our update and legal and guidance for full details of the new procedures for submitting interim claims on or after 1 October 2022.
From 1 April interim payments can be submitted for A&A (incl. ABWOR), fixed payments and for summary (non-fixed payments incl. summary appeals) accounts during the current Covid-19 crisis.
We advised you that we have developed a four point plan to:
Where there are already processes in place for submission of interim payments solicitors are encouraged to use those provisions to the full.
Details of our existing interim payment arrangements for civil, solemn criminal, children’s legal aid and civil A&A can be found here . You should follow the guidance below to make a claim:
We are continuing to develop our accounts systems to further improve and extend those provisions to allow for more frequent claims to be submitted.
We are working as fast as we can to introduce those changes and we remain hopeful that they will be in place by May 2020. We will let you know as soon as they are available.
In the meantime, we are pleased to confirm that from the 1st April you will be able to make an interim payment claim for work done to date, in circumstances where the Covid-19 situation means there is little prospect of the matter concluding in the near future for the following accounts:
This now provides a platform for solicitors to submit interim payment claims in respect of almost all types of account.
In addition, we have also reduced the threshold limit before you were eligible to make a claim for reimbursement of outlays in solemn criminal (incl. appeals) and children’s legal aid cases from £750 to £150. The £150 limit applies to each eligible claim and can be made up of a single or multiple outlays.
In line with normal practice, all cases in which interim accounts have been paid will be subject to a final assessment as and when the final account is received.
At that stage should any earlier overpayment become apparent, we reserve our right to adjust any final payment to reflect the amount of any prior overpayment, or where no further payment is due, to seek repayment where necessary.
18 January 2024
Following solicitor feedback we have introduced a simplified application process for legal aid applications for a Guardianship order under one of five sections