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Advice and Assistance Regulations 1996

 

Arrangement of regulations

 

THE ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 1996

 

S.I. 1996 No. 2447(S.192)

 

 


Made:

19 September 1996

Laid before Parliament:

24 September 1996

Coming into force:

7 October 1996

 

As amended to take account of:

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1997 [S.I. 1997 No. 726 (S.66)];

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1998 [S.I. 1998 No. 724 (S.38)];

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 [S.S.I. 2000 No. 181]; 

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2000 [S.S.I. 2000 No. 399];

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 [S.S.I. 2002 No. 495];

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 [S.S.I. 2003 No. 163];

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2003 [S.S.I. 2003 No. 421];

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 [S.S.I. 2004 No. 49];

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2004 [S.S.I. 2004 No. 262];

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2004 Amendment Regulations 2004 [S.S.I. 2004 No. 305];

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2004 [S.S.I. 2004 No. 492];

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 [S.S.I. 2005 No. 111];

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2005 [S.S.I. 2005 No. 171];

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2005 [S.S.I. 2005 No. 339];

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 [S.S.I. 2006 No. 60];

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006 [S.S.I. 2006 No. 233];

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 [S.S.I. No. 60] 

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 [S.S.I. No. 47]

The Criminal Legal Assistance (Fees and Information etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 

The Employment and Support Allowance (Consequential Provisions) (No. 3) Regulations 2008 [S.I. 2008 No. 1879]

The Advice and Assistance and Civil Legal Aid (Priority of Debts) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 [S.S.I. 2009 No. 49]

The Advice and Assistance and Civil Legal Aid (Priority of Debts) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 [S.S.I. 2010 No. 57]

The Advice and Assistance and Civil Legal Aid (Transfer of Tribunal Functions) (No. 1) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 [S.S.I. 2010 No. 166]

The Criminal Legal Assistance (Fees) (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 [S.S.I. 2010 No. 312].

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 [S.S.I. 2010 No.462]

The Advice and Assistance and Civil Legal Aid (Special Urgency and Property Recovered or Preserved) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 [S.S.I. 2011 No. 134]

The Advice and Assistance and Legal Aid (Online Applications Etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2011

The Children’s Legal Assistance (Scotland) Regulations 2013 [S.S.I. 2013 No. 200]

The Welfare Reform (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 [S.S.I. 2013 No. 65]

The Welfare Reform (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2013 [S.S.I. 2013 No. 137]

The Welfare Reform (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) (No. 3) Regulations 2013 [S.S.I. 2013 No. 142]

The Legal Aid and Advice and Assistance (Photocopying Fees and Welfare Reform) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2013 [S.S.I. 2013 No. 250]

The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 (Consequential and Saving Provisions) Order 2014

The Legal Aid and Assistance By Way of Representation (Fees for Time at Court and Travelling) (Scotland) Regulations 2014

The Advice and Assistance (Proceedings for Recovery of Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 [S.S.I. 2017 No. 291]

The Criminal Legal Assistance (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2017 [S.S.I. 2017 No. 466]

 

 

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS

1. Citation and commencement.

2. Interpretation

2A. Manner of applications etc

3. Revocations and savings

4. Applications for advice and assistance

5. Applications for advice and assistance in relation to the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982

6. Applications on behalf of others

7. Determination of disposable income or disposable capital

8. Giving of advice and assistance by solicitor

8A, 8B .Civil advice and assistance 

8C. Information to be recorded in criminal matters

9. Determination and collection of contributions

10. Applicant for assistance by way of representation having other right and facilities

11. Notice to the Board on acceptance of application

12. Authority to exceed financial limit

13. Giving of advice and assistance on the same matter.

14. Procedure on withdrawal from giving advice and assistance

14A. Change of solicitor etc

15. Supply of information by solicitors

16. Payment of fees and outlays from property recovered or preserved

17. Fees and outlays of solicitors

18. Assessment and taxation of fees and outlays

19. Client's right to require taxation

20. Fees and outlays recoverable from a third party

21. Right of Board to recover sums paid out of the Fund

22. Right of Board to withhold payment or recover sums paid our of the Fund in relation to non-criminal matters

 

Schedule 1    Regulations revoked

Schedule 2    Assessment of disposable capital and disposable income

Schedule 3    Tables of fees allowable to solicitors

 

The Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by sections 12(3), 33(2)(b) and (3), 36(1), (2)(a), (d) and (e) and (4), 37(1) and (3) and 42 of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986, and of all other powers enabling him in that behalf, and with the concurrence of the Treasury, in respect of regulation 7 and Schedule 2, hereby makes the following Regulations:

Rulations

Citation and commencement

1.[1]    These Regulations may be cited as the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Regulations 1996 and shall come into force on 7 October 1996. 

 

Interpretation

2.    (1)    In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires –

"the Act" means the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986;

"the 1992 Act" means the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 92;

"the 1996 Act"[2] means the Employment Tribunals Act 1996;

[3]“the 2011 Act” means the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011;

"advice and assistance" means advice and assistance given under Part II of the Act;

"auditor" in relation to the taxation of accounts means the auditor of a sheriff court;

[4]“child” means a person under the age of 16 years, except in relation to any hearings or proceedings under the 2011 Act, where “child” has the meaning in section 199 of that Act;

“contributory employment and support allowance” means a contributory allowance under Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act 2007 (employment and support allowance)[5];

“diagnostic interview” means a meeting or meetings between a solicitor and a client, or as the case may be a person acting on behalf of a client in accordance with regulation 6, and any work reasonably and necessarily following on from any such meeting to include any further work which for the purpose of the provision of advice and assistance relates to a matter, or a range of matters, which are not distinct;

[6] 

 “distinct matter”, in relation to advice and assistance concerning civil matters only, shall be construed in accordance with regulation 8A(2)[7];

"employment tribunal"[8] means a tribunal established under section 1 of the 1996 Act;

“income-related employment and support allowance” means an income-related allowance under Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act 2007 (employment and support allowance)[9];

"legal representative" means a judicial factor or a person authorised to act on an adult’s behalf under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000[10].

[11]        “safeguarder” means a safeguarder appointed to a child under section 30 or 31 of the 2011 Act

[12]“Welfare Fund Payment” means any payment made by a local authority in exercise of  the power in section 20 of the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 and using funds provided by the Scottish Ministers from the Scottish Welfare Fund, where the payment is –

(a)  a crisis payment made for the purpose of meeting an immediate short term need; or

(b)   made for the purpose of meeting a need for community care.

(2)    In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires, any reference to a numbered regulation is to one of these Regulations and any reference to a numbered Schedule is to a Schedule to these Regulations.

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Manner of applications etc.

[13]

2A. – (1) Any application to the Board under regulations 8B(3), 12(1), 13, 14A(2) and 16(3) shall be made in such form as the Board may require, which may include an online form.

(2) Any statement, information, document, notification, notice or other correspondence, including any copies which require to be sent, given, supplied, or otherwise provided to the Board under regulations 11, 14, 14A(1), 15 and 15A(1) shall be in such form as the Board may require, which may include an online form.

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Revocations and savings

3.    (1)    Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3) below, the Regulations specified in Schedule 1 are hereby revoked.

(2)    The revocation by these Regulations of –

(i)           a transitional provision relating to the coming into force of;  or

(ii)          an application provision which restricts the application of,

a provision which is revoked and re-enacted by these Regulations does not affect the operation of that transitional provision, insofar as it remains capable of having effect, in relation to the provision which is re-enacted in these Regulations.

(3)    Where a period of time specified in any provision, which is revoked by these Regulations, is current at the date of coming into force of these Regulations, these Regulations have effect as if the provision which re-enacts that revoked provision in these Regulations had been in force when that period began to run.

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Applications for advice and assistance

4.    An application for advice and assistance, which shall be in such form as the Board may require, shall be signed by the client, or by a person who may apply on his behalf by virtue of regulation 6, and shall include such information as is necessary to enable the solicitor –

(a)          [14]to determine the client's disposable capital and either his disposable income or, where appropriate, whether he is in receipt of disability working allowance, income support, an income-related employment and support allowance[15][16], universal credit an income-based jobseeker's allowance (payable under the Jobseekers Act 1995) or family credit;  and

(b)          otherwise to satisfy himself as to the client's eligibility to receive advice and assistance.

 

[16a] Applications for advice and assistance:  further provision

4A.    The requirement in regulation 4 for an application for advice and assistance to be signed does not apply in the case of a client to whom section 32 (right to have a solicitor present) of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 applies.


Applications for advice and assistance in relation to the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982

5.    (1)    Sections 8, 11 and 12(3) of the Act shall be modified to the extent provided in the following sub-paragraphs in the case of an application for advice and assistance in relation to the recognition or enforcement of a judgment under section 5 of the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 by an applicant to whom this regulation applies, namely –

(a)          section 8 shall be modified so as to provide that such advice and assistance shall be made available whether within or furth of Scotland without regard to the income or capital of an applicant to whom this regulation applies;

(b)          section 11 shall be modified so as to provide that such applicant shall, irrespective of his disposable income, not require to pay any fees or outlays in respect of such advice and assistance;  and

(c)          section 12(3) shall be modified so as to provide that fees or outlays to which section 12 applies shall be paid to the solicitor in respect of such advice and assistance provided to such applicant –

(i)    firstly, in priority to all other debts, out of any expenses which (by virtue of a judgment or order of a court or an agreement or otherwise) are payable to the applicant by any other person in respect of the matter in connection with which the advice and assistance is provided;  and

(ii)   secondly, by the Board out of the Fund, following receipt by it of a claim submitted by the solicitor.

(2)    This regulation applies to –

(a)          an applicant who seeks advice and assistance in relation to the enforcement of a decision given by an administrative authority in Denmark or Iceland and who presents a statement from, respectively, the Danish Ministry of Justice or the Icelandic Ministry of Justice to the effect that he fulfils the economic requirements to qualify for the grant of complete or partial legal aid or exemption from costs or expenses;  and

(b)          an applicant who, in the State of origin of the judgment, has benefited from complete or partial legal aid or exemption from costs or expenses

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Applications on behalf of others

6.    [17] (1)    Persons who may make an application in connection with regulation 4 on behalf of a client are – 

(a)          where the client on cause shown cannot make an application in accordance with regulation 4, a person authorised by the client; or

(b)          [18]where the client is mentally disordered in terms of section 328 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, or is an incapable adult in terms of section 1(6) of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000, the client’s legal representative[19] or;

(c)         [20]where the client is a child in terms of the 2011 Act, and the application concerns hearings or proceedings under that Act, a safeguarder or other lay representative of the child

(2)    Without prejudice to any right of a child to apply under regulation 4 or to authorise application on his behalf under paragraph (1) of this regulation, application for advice and assistance on behalf of a child may be made by any person having parental responsibilities within the meaning of section 1(3) of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 in relation to the child or by any person in whose care he is, or by a person acting for the purpose of any proceedings as his tutor or curator.

(3)    An application for advice and assistance in relation to the recognition or enforcement of a judgment under section 5 of the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 may be signed on behalf of the client by the solicitor to whom the application is made.

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Determination of disposable income or disposable capital

7.    (1)    Insofar as the Act requires a client's disposable income or disposable capital to be determined for purposes of an application for advice and assistance, they shall be determined by the solicitor to whom application is made in accordance with the provisions of Schedule 2.

(2)[21]  For the purposes of section 42 of the Act, two persons living together as husband and wife or in a relationship which has the characteristics of the relationship between husband and wife except that the persons are of the same sex shall be treated as if they were spouses of each other.

 (3)[22]    For the purpose of determining a client’s disposable income and disposable capital, and the amount of any contribution required under section 11 of the Act, the personal resources of a person making an application for advice and assistance on behalf of a client under regulation 6 are to be disregarded.

(4)[23]    For the purpose of determining a client’s disposable income and disposable capital, and the amount of any contribution required under section 11 of the Act, where an application for advice and assistance is made by a person and where the person is concerned as claiming or having an interest in the property, financial affairs or personal welfare of an adult under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000, the personal resources of the person making an application for advice and assistance shall be disregarded and the determination shall be made by reference to the personal resources of the incapable adult.

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Giving of advice and assistance by solicitor

8.[24]    (1)    A solicitor shall give advice and assistance in pursuance of Part II of the Act only if he has satisfied himself that the client is eligible to receive advice and assistance under the provisions of the Act and of these Regulations.

(2)    Where a solicitor approves an application for advice and assistance under Part II of the Act, for the purposes of the tables of fees in Schedule 3, the solicitor shall determine – 

(a)          that the subject matter to which the advice and assistance relates is a civil, criminal or children’s matter; and 

(b)          that the advice and assistance relates to one or more distinct matters,

in accordance with any guidance issued from time to time by the Board.

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Civil Advice and Assistance

8A.[25] (1)    Where a solicitor approves an application for advice and assistance in relation to a civil matter under Part II of the Act, the solicitor shall determine whether or not the advice and assistance relates to a distinct matter.

(2)    Subject to paragraphs (3) and (4), an application for advice and assistance relates to a distinct matter if the subject matter of the application is determined by the Board, in accordance with guidance issued by it, to be treated as distinct.

(3)    Any determination by the Board as to the matters which are or are not to be treated as distinct matters may only be made following consultation with the Law Society.

(4)    Where a matter has been determined by the Board to be treated as a distinct matter, the Board may not determine that the matter is no longer to be so treated unless the Scottish Ministers consent.

(5)    Where the subject matter to which the advice and assistance relates is a distinct matter the solicitor may approve one application for advice and assistance which shall include–

(a)          all distinct matters reasonably ancillary thereto; and

(b)          all matters reasonably ancillary thereto which are not distinct.

8B.[26]    (1)    Where the subject matter to which the advice and assistance relates is not distinct, the solicitor shall give advice and assistance to the client by way of a diagnostic interview.

(2)    Where a client has more than one subject matter upon which he seeks advice and assistance, none of which is distinct, the solicitor may approve one application for advice and assistance for all such matters.

(3)    Where a solicitor, having approved and proceeded to provide advice and assistance by way of a diagnostic interview, considers that a subject matter which is not distinct should be treated as if it were so, then he may make application to the Board for the subject matter to be so treated.

(4)    On receipt of an application under paragraph (3), the Board shall–

(a)          determine that the subject matter should be so treated; or

(b)          reject the application,

as the Board thinks fit.

(5)    Where a client has more than one subject matter upon which he seeks advice and assistance and the advice and assistance relates to both distinct matters and matters which are not distinct and which are not reasonably ancillary to the distinct matters then the solicitor shall keep a separate record of the advice and assistance given by way of a diagnostic interview.

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[27]Information to be recorded in criminal matters

8C.   Where advice and assistance is given in relation to a criminal matter, the solicitor must record–

(a)          whether the matter is one as regards which–

(i)    a complain has been served; 

(ii)   a fixed penalty, compensation or work offer has been made under section 302, 302A or 303ZA of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995;

(iii)  liability for another non-court penalty has arisen;

(b)          if not such a matter, a note of the details of the event to which the advice and assistance relates;

(c)          a summary of the nature and content of the advice and assistance;

(d)          any relevant case or other reference number.

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Determination and collection of contributions

9.    (1)    Where a client is liable by virtue of section 11 of the Act to pay a contribution towards the cost of the advice and assistance, the solicitor shall determine the maximum amount which the client is, by virtue of that section, liable to pay, and may collect that contribution in full or in such instalments as may be agreed between him and the applicant.

(2)    Where by agreement the client's contribution is payable by instalments and the client defaults in making payment of any instalment, the solicitor shall be entitled to cease to act, without prejudice to his right to require payment of any deficiency in respect of work done and outlays incurred, or to the right of the client to demand an accounting from the solicitor for sums already paid.

(3)    Where the total contribution payable is likely to exceed the cost of giving advice or assistance, the solicitor shall require the client to pay a sum sufficient only to meet the expected cost.

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Applicant for advice and assistance having other rights and facilities

10.[28]    (1)    Where it appears to the solicitor that an applicant for advice and assistance under Part II of the Act has available rights and facilities making it unnecessary for him to obtain such advice and assistance or has a reasonable expectation of obtaining financial or other help from a body of which he is a member, the solicitor shall not approve the application unless the applicant has not succeeded in enforcing or obtaining such rights, facilities or help, after having taken, in the opinion of the solicitor, all reasonable steps to enforce or obtain them:

Provided that the applicant shall not, for the purpose of this regulation, be deemed to have failed to take all reasonable steps by reason only that he has not taken proceedings by way of declarator or otherwise to enforce or obtain such rights, facilities or help.

(2)    Where the solicitor approves an application for advice and assistance under Part II of the Act by a person who is a member of a body which might reasonably have been expected to give him financial help towards the expenses of such advice and assistance, the solicitor shall require him to sign an undertaking to pay to the Board any sum received from that body on account of the expenses of the advice and assistance.

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Notice to the Board on acceptance of application

11.    The solicitor shall, within 14 days of his having begun to give advice and assistance, send to the Board a copy of the client's application.  Failure to do so within the specified time limit, unless the Board considers that there is special reason for it to excuse such failure, shall render the solicitor's fees and outlays ineligible for payment in terms of section 12(3) of the Act.

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Authority to exceed financial limit

12.    (1)    Where at any time it appears to the solicitor that the cost of giving the advice and assistance is likely to exceed the limit applicable under section 10 of the Act or under paragraph (2) below, he shall apply to the Board for its approval to an increased limit, stating the reasons for the excess, the likely amount, and giving such other information as may enable the Board to consider and determine that application.

(2)    The Board, if it approves an application made under paragraph (1) above –

(a)          shall authorise such increased limit as it thinks fit;  and

(b)          may require that the advice and assistance be subject to such conditions, and limited to such subject matter, or, in the case of assistance by way of representation, such proceedings (or stages of proceedings), as it thinks fit.

(3)    The Board shall inform the solicitor of its decision in regard to an application under paragraph (1) above.

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Giving of advice and assistance on the same matter

13.    (1)    A client shall not be given advice or assistance in respect of the same matter by more than one solicitor without the prior authority of the Board, and such authority shall be given only on such terms and conditions as the Board may see fit to impose.

(2)    Application for authority under paragraph (1) above shall be made by the second or subsequent solicitor who shall indicate his willingness to act for the client seeking such advice or assistance and shall include a statement of the reasons for seeking such authority[29].

(3)[30]    Subject to paragraph (4), no second or further diagnostic interview is allowable in relation to a civil matter during the period of 3 months immediately following the approval of advice and assistance by way of a diagnostic interview.

(4)[31]    In exceptional circumstances and on cause shown a second or further diagnostic interview may be allowable during said period of 3 months, upon application to, and approval by, the Board.

(5)[32]    The Board shall approve or refuse any such application, as it thinks fit.

(6)[33]    A client is not to be given advice and assistance by the same solicitor in relation to the same criminal matter (whether or not at the relevant time the subject of proceedings) more than once without the prior approval of the Board.

(7)[34]  The Board may (on an application for the purpose of paragraph (6) above)–

(a)          refuse to give its approval; or

(b)          give its approval unconditionally or on such conditions as it may impose.

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Procedure on withdrawal from giving advice and assistance

14.    Where the solicitor declines to continue giving advice and assistance to a client in respect of a particular matter, he shall –

(a)          give notice to the Board of his withdrawal and of his reasons for withdrawing;  and

(b)          inform the client of the provisions of regulation 13. 

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[35]Change of solicitor etc.

14A.   (1) Where the solicitor who is providing assistance by way of representation in relation to a summary criminal matter has been required by the client to cease to act (other than where paragraph (2) below applies), the solicitor is to–

(a)          notify the Board of that fact; and

(b)          provide it with a statement of the circumstances so far as known to the solicitor.

(2)    Where a client who is being provided assistance by way of representation in relation to a summary criminal matter wishes to have it provided by a different solicitor, the client is to–

(a)          apply to the Board for authority to have that solicitor provide the assistance; and

(b)          inform it of any reason for the application.

(3) The Board may grant an application under paragraph (2) above if it is satisfied that there is a good reason for the application.

(4)   [35a] This regulation does not apply to proceedings under sections 19, 30 or 36(1)(a) of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016.

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Supply of information by solicitors

15.    A solicitor who gives advice and assistance shall supply the Board with such information as the Board may require for the purposes of performing its functions under the Act, and shall not be precluded by reason of any privilege arising out of the relationship between solicitor and client from disclosing such information to the Board.

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Supply of information by clients

15A.[36]    (1) A client who is receiving or has been in receipt of advice and assistance in relation to a civil matter shall supply to the Board such information or documents as the Board may require for the purposes of performing its functions under the Act.

(2)  Where a client who is receiving or has been in receipt of advice and assistance fails to comply with a requirement under paragraph (1) above the Board shall have the right to recover from that client any amount paid out of the Fund in respect of the fees and outlays of any solicitor who has provided advice and assistance to that client.

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Payment of fees and outlays from property recovered or preserved

16.    (1)    In this regulation, unless the context otherwise requires, any reference to a numbered section is to a section bearing that number in the 1992 Act.

(2)    The right to prior payment of fees or outlays out of any property recovered or preserved which is created by section 12(3)(c) of the Act shall not apply –

(a)          to any money paid

(i)    under a decree following on an action for aliment within the meaning of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985;

(ii)   under an order for the payment of a periodical allowance under section 5 of the Divorce (Scotland) Act 1976, or for the making of a periodical allowance under section 8 of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985;

(iii)  under any order for the periodical payment of sums for the maintenance of any person which, by virtue of the Maintenance Orders Act 1950, the Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1972 or the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982, may be enforced in Scotland;

(iv)  [37] omitted

(v)   [38]by way of income support, family credit or disability working allowance under section 124, 128 or 129, an income-related employment and support allowance[39] or an income-based jobseeker's allowance or a back to work bonus (payable under the Jobseekers Act 1995);

(vi)  by way of aliment or periodical allowance or periodical payment of sums by virtue of any settlement arrived at to prevent or bring to an end proceedings in which such a decree or order as is mentioned in sub-paragraphs (i) to (iii) above may be granted;

(vii) by way of any [40]Welfare Fund payment;

(viii)            by way of any housing benefit under section 130;

(ix)  by way of child support maintenance under the Child Support Act 1991;

(x)   [41]by way of any council tax benefit under section 131; 

(xi)  [42]by way of universal credit under Part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

(b)           [43]omitted

(c)          [44]to statutory sickness benefit under sections 151 to 163(d), incapacity benefit under section 30A(1)(e), retirement pension under sections 43 to 55(f), statutory maternity pay under section 164(g), benefits for widows and widowers under sections 36 to 42(h), a child's special allowance under section 56, attendance allowance under section 64, invalid care allowance under section 70(i), [45]disability living allowance under section 71, guardians allowance under section 77, industrial death benefit under paragraphs 14 to 21 of Schedule 7 to the 1992 Act, contributory employment and support allowance[46],[47][48], [49]personal independence payment under [50]Part 4 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012,  [51]personal independence payment under or a contribution-based jobseeker's allowance within the meaning of section 1(4) of the Jobseekers Act 1995;

(ca)        [52]to armed forces independence payment under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) Order 2011;

(d)          to child benefit paid under1section 141;

(e)          to allowances and benefits for industrial injuries paid under sections 94 to 111;

(f)           to one half of any redundancy payment within the meaning of Part XI of the Employment Rights Act 1996 recovered or preserved for the client;

(g)           [53]omitted;

(h)          to any household furniture or tools of trade recovered or preserved for the client as a result of advice and assistance given to him by the solicitor[54];

(i)           [55]to any payment made under the Community Care (Direct Payments) Act 1996 or [56]as a direct payment as defined in section 4(2) of the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013;

(j)           [57]to any payment made by the Secretary of State under the Earnings Top-Up Scheme;

(k)           [58]Omitted

(l)           [59]to any payment of money in accordance with an order made by the Social Security Commissioners [60]or under any settlement arrived at to prevent or bring to an end proceedings in which such an order may be made

(m)         [61]to any payment of money in accordance with an order made by the Upper Tribunal in relation to proceedings described in regulation 5A(d) of the Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Regulations 2003 or under any settlement arrived at to prevent or bring to an end proceedings in which such an order may be made..

(3)    The Board may authorise that the requirement created by section 12(3)(c) of the Act that, before recourse to the Fund, fees or outlays shall be paid to the solicitor out of any property which is recovered or preserved for the client shall not apply in relation to the whole or any part of any such property in any case where on application by the solicitor the Board are satisfied that – 

(a)          payment out of the property to which the requirement would otherwise apply would cause grave hardship or distress to the client;  or

(b)     (i)  the solicitor has taken all reasonable steps to obtain payment out of the property to which the requirement would otherwise apply;  and

(ii)   payment to the solicitor out of that property could only be effected with unreasonable difficulty or after unreasonable delay.

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Fees and outlays of solicitors

17.    (1)    Subject to paragraph (2) below, fees and outlays allowable to the solicitor upon any assessment or taxation mentioned in regulations 18 and 19 in respect of advice or assistance shall, and shall only, be –

(a)          fees for work actually, necessarily and reasonably done in connection with the matter upon which advice and assistance was given, due regard being had to economy, calculated, in the case of assistance by way of representation, in accordance with the table of fees in Part I of Schedule 3 and, in any other case, in accordance with the table of fees in Part II of Schedule 3;  and

(b)          outlays actually, necessarily and reasonably incurred in connection with that matter, due regard being had to economy, provided that, without prejudice to any other claims for outlays, there shall not be allowed to a solicitor outlays representing posts and incidents.

(1A)[61a]  In the application of paragraph (1)(a) above to fees for work actually, necessarily and reasonably done in connection those matters described in –

(a)    Part III of Schedule 3, the reference to Part I of schedule 3 in paragraph (1)(a) above should be read as a reference to Part III of schedule 3;

(b)    Part IV of Schedule 3, the reference to Part II of schedule 3 in paragraph (1)(a) should be read as a reference to Part IV of schedule 3.
 

(2)    The fees and outlays allowable to the solicitor under paragraph (1) above shall not exceed the limit applicable under section 10 of the Act as read with regulation 12.

(3)[62]   In the application of paragraph (1) above so far as concerning assistance by way of representation in relation to a summary criminal matter, there is to be taken into account time necessarily spent in travelling to and from the relevant court (other than one in the town or other place where the solicitor has a place of business) or any other place visited for the purpose of preparing or conducting the defence.

(4)[63] Paragraph (3) above does not apply if it would have been more economical to use a local solicitor (where that would have been reasonable in the interests of the client).

[63A] (4A)    In the application of paragraph (1) above to recovery proceedings, the fees allowable to the solicitor shall be assessed as if the advice and assistance was a criminal matter.

  (4B)    In paragraph (4A), “recovery proceedings” means proceedings relating to an application for an order for recovery of documents, in connection with criminal proceedings, in which-

(a)    the documents sought include medical or other sensitive documents relating to a client;

(b)    the application has been intimated to the client: and

(c)    the client wishes to oppose recovery of the documents on the basis that the granting of the order would infringe their rights under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights.


(5)[64] This regulation (so far as concerning criminal matters) is subject to the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 1999.

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Assessment and taxation of fees and outlays

18.    (1)    Where the solicitor considers that the fees and outlays properly chargeable for the advice or assistance exceed any contribution payable by the client under the provisions of section 11 of the Act together with any expenses or property recovered or preserved under the provisions of section 12 of the Act as read with regulation 16, he shall, within one year of the date when the giving of advice and assistance was completed, submit an account to the Board:

Provided that, where civil legal aid has been made available to an applicant to whom in connection with the same matter advice and assistance has been given, the account for such advice and assistance shall be submitted to the Board at the same time as that for civil legal aid; and any work which is charged under civil legal aid shall not be charged in the advice and assistance account.

(2)    The Board may accept an account for advice and assistance submitted outwith the period referred to in paragraph (1) above if it considers that there is a special reason for late submission.

(3)    Where the Board receives an account in accordance with paragraph (1) above, it shall assess the fees and outlays allowable to the solicitor for the advice and assistance in accordance with regulation 17 and shall determine accordingly any sum payable out of the Fund and pay it to the solicitor.

(3A)[65]    Where the solicitor has given advice and assistance by way of a diagnostic interview then he shall, within 3 months of the date when the giving of the advice and assistance was completed, submit an account to the Board separate from any account or accounts submitted under paragraph (1). No account supplementary to that provided for in this paragraph may be submitted.

(4)    If the solicitor is dissatisfied with any assessment of fees and outlays by the Board under paragraph (3) above, he may require taxation of his account by the auditor; the auditor shall tax the fees and outlays allowable to the solicitor for the advice and assistance in accordance with regulation 17, and such taxation shall be conclusive of the fees and outlays so allowable.

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Client's right to require taxation

19.    (1)    In any case where there is no such excess as is mentioned in regulation 18(1) and any fees and outlays in respect of the advice and assistance are payable by the client under the provisions of section 11 of the Act or are payable out of any expenses payable to the client or any property recovered or preserved for the client under the provisions of section 12 of the Act, the client may, if he is dissatisfied with the amount of those fees and outlays, require taxation of those fees and outlays by the auditor;  the auditor shall tax the fees and outlays allowable to the solicitor in respect of the advice and assistance in accordance with regulation 17, and such taxation shall be conclusive of the amount of the fees and outlays so allowable.

(2)    In any case where the fees and outlays allowable to a solicitor in respect of advice and assistance in accordance with regulation 17 are less than any contribution paid by the client under section 11 of the Act, the solicitor shall refund the excess contribution.

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Fees and outlays recoverable from a third party

20.    Regulations 17, 18 and 19 shall not apply to fees and outlays recoverable in respect of advice and assistance to a client from a third party and, where such fees and outlays are to be taxed, they shall be taxed as if the advice and assistance were not advice and assistance under the Act.

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Right of Board to recover sums paid out of the Fund

21.

[66]    (1)    This regulation applies where after giving a person an opportunity of submitting representations, the Board is satisfied –

(a)          that the person has wilfully failed to comply with these Regulations as to the information to be furnished by that person;

(b)          that the person has knowingly made a false statement or false representation in furnishing such information; or 

(c)          that the Board has paid fees and outlays to a solicitor who provided advice and assistance to that person, and at any time prior to or after such payment that person or any solicitor acting on that person’s behalf has, in respect of the same matter for which advice and assistance was provided –

(i)           received any expenses which (by virtue of a judgement or order of a court or an agreement or otherwise) are payable to that person; or 

(ii)          recovered or preserved any property (of whatever nature and wherever situated), including that person’s rights under any settlement arrived at in connection with the matter in order to avoid or bring to an end any proceedings, 

such expenses or property not having been declared to the Board by either that person or any solicitor acting on that person’s behalf.

(2)    Where this regulation applies, the Board shall have the right to recover from that person any sum paid out of the Fund to the solicitor in respect of the advice and assistance so given.

(3)[67]    In any case to which paragraph (1)(c) above applies the sum recoverable by the Board under paragraph (2) above shall be the amount of fees and outlays paid, less any amount which would have been properly payable by way of fees and outlays under section 12(3)(d) of the Act had the expenses or property been declared to the Board.

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Right of Board to withhold payment or recover sums paid out of the Fund in relation to non-criminal matters

[68]

22. – (1) Paragraph (3) applies where the Board finds that the provision of advice and assistance (other than advice and assistance in relation to criminal matters) – 

(a)  was not (wholly or partly) in accordance with the relevant rules applying by virtue of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986; or

(b)  was otherwise unjustified in the circumstances of the case (including by reason of inadequate assessment or verification of any relevant factor).

(2) In considering whether or not the provision of advice and assistance was in accordance with the relevant rules, the Board may have regard to any guidance it has issued in relation to the application of those rules.

(3) The Board may-

(a) withhold (wholly) payment from the Fund in respect of the advice and assistance     provided; or

     (b) if such payment has been made, fully recover it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lindsay

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State,

Scottish Office

St Andrew's House, Edinburgh

12 September 1996

 

We concur,

Kenneth Clarke

Patrick McLoughlin

Two of the Lords Commissioners of

Her Majesty's Treasury

19 September 1996

 

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Schedule 1

Regulation 3


 

Title

Reference

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Regulations 1987

S.I. 1987/382

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1987

S.I. 1987/883

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 1987

S.I. 1987/1356

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1988

S.I. 1988/489

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 1988

S.I. 1988/1131

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1989

S.I. 1989/506

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 1989

S.I. 1989/1492

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1990

S.I. 1990/632

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 1990

S.I. 1990/1037

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1991

S.I. 1991/567

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1992

S.I. 1992/373

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 1992

S.I. 1992/752

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1993

S.I. 1993/533

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 1993

S.I. 1993/819

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1994

S.I. 1994/1061

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1995

S.I. 1995/1066

The Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1996

S.I. 1996/811


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Schedule 2
Assessment of disposable capital and disposable income 

Regulation 7

 

 

1.    In this Schedule, unless the context otherwise requires – 

"capital" means the amount or value of every resource of a capital nature;

[69]"dependent person" means a person wholly or substantially maintained by the person concerned;

"income" means the total income from all sources which the person concerned received or became entitled to during or in respect of the seven days up to and including the date of his application;

"the person concerned" means the person whose disposable capital and disposable income are to be determined. 

2. – [omitted]

[70]

2A.[71]—(1) Any question arising under this Schedule is to be decided by the solicitor in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3) below.

(2)    The solicitor must, for the purpose of ascertaining the capital and income of the person concerned–

(a)          so far as necessary and practicable, obtain from that person financial or other documentation; and

(b)          take such other reasonable steps as are necessary.

(3)    The solicitor must have regard to any guidance issued by the Board regarding the application of this Schedule.

3.    The disposable capital and disposable income of the person concerned shall be the capital and income as determined by the solicitor after making such deductions as are to be made under the provisions of this Schedule.

4.    If it appears to the solicitor that the person concerned has, with intent to reduce his disposable capital or disposable income or maximum contribution, whether for the purpose of making himself eligible for advice and assistance, reducing his liability to pay a contribution towards advice and assistance or otherwise, directly or indirectly deprived himself of any resource or has converted any part of his resources into resources which are to be left out of account wholly or partly, the resources of which he has so deprived himself or which he has so converted shall be treated as part of his resources or as not so converted, as the case may be.

[72]4A. – (1) Subject to sub-paragraph (3), if the person concerned is a child the resources of any person who owes an obligation of ailment to the child under section 1(1)(c) or (d) of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985 are to be treated as part of the child’s own resources.

(2) In sub-paragraph (1), “child” has the meaning given in section 1(5) of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 1985.

(3) Sub-paragraph (1) applies only-

     (i) in respect of advice and assistance in relation to non-criminal matters; and

     (ii) if its application in the particular circumstance would not be unjust or inequitable.

[73](4) This paragraph does not apply to assistance by way of representation in relation to hearings or proceedings under the 2011 Act.

5.    In computing the capital and income of the person concerned –

(a)          there shall be left out of account the value of the subject matter of any claim in respect of which the person concerned is applying for advice and assistance;

(b)          [74]there shall be left out of account a back to work bonus (payable under the Jobseekers Act 1995);

(ba)[75] there shall be left out of account any payment made under the Community Care (Direct Payments) Act 1996 [76]as a direct payment as defined in section 4(2) of the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013;  

[77](bb)  there shall be left out of account any Welfare Fund payment;

(c)          the resources of any spouse of the person concerned shall be treated as that person's resources unless –

(i)    the spouse has a contrary interest in the matter in respect of which the person concerned is applying for advice and assistance, or

(ii)   the person concerned and spouse are living separate and apart, or

(iii)  in all the circumstances of the case it would be inequitable or impracticable to do so.

(d)         [78]there shall be left out of account any payment made in accordance with the following:-

(a)   payments under the 1992 Act (except statutory sick pay);

[79](aa)     personal independence payment under Part 4 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012;

[80](ab)     armed forces independent payment under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) Order 2011;

(b)   tax credits under the Tax Credits Act 2002;

(c)   child maintenance bonus;

(d)   child support maintenance;

(e)   contribution-based jobseeker's allowance;

(f)    severe disablement allowance;

(g)   retirement pension;

(h)   war widow's and widower's pension and war disablement pension;

(i)    sums payable to holders of the Victoria Cross or George Cross

(j)    [81]state pension credit under the State Pension Credit Act 2002;

(k)   contributory employment and support allowance[82];

(l)   [83]universal credit

6.    In computing the capital of the person concerned –

(a)          the value of his household furniture and effects, of articles of personal clothing and of the tools and implements of his trade shall be left out of account;

(b)          there shall be left out of account the value of the main or only dwelling in which he resides;

(c)          where the applicant has an interest in a dwelling other than the main one in which he resides, there shall be taken into account any sum which may be obtained by borrowing money on the security thereof;

(d)          [84]where the person concerned is living with one or more of the following persons, namely, a spouse whose resources are required to be aggregated with his or a dependent person, a deduction shall be made of £335 in respect of the first person, £200 in respect of the second person and £100 in respect of each further person.

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7.    In computing the income of the person concerned –

(a)          there shall be left out of account –

(i)           any income tax paid or payable on income treated under the provisions of this Schedule as his income;

(ii)          [85]the amount estimated to have been paid by way of contributions under the 1992 Act or any scheme made under that Act in respect of the seven days up to and including the date of the application for advice or assistance;

(b)          there shall be left out of account any payment made by the Secretary of State under the Earnings Top-up Scheme 1996;

(c)          [86]there shall be a deduction in respect of the maintenance of the spouse of the person concerned, if the spouses are living together, in respect of the maintenance of any dependent person, being a member of his or her household, at the following rates: –

(i)           in the case of a spouse, at a rate equivalent to the difference, as at the date when the application for advice and assistance is made, between the income support allowance for a couple where both members are aged not less than 18 (which is specified in column (2) of paragraph 1(3)(d) of Part I of Schedule 2 to the Income Support (General) Regulations 1987), and the allowance for a single person aged not less than 25 (which is specified in column (2) of paragraph 1(1)(e) of Part I of Schedule 2 to those Regulations);

(ii)          [87]in the case of a dependent person aged under 19, at a rate equivalent to the amount specified in column (2) of paragraph 2(1) of Part I of Schedule 2 to the Income Support (General) Regulations 1987 appropriate to that person as at the date when the application for advice and assistance is made;

(iii)         [88]in the case of a dependent person aged 19 or over, at a rate equivalent to the amount specified in column (2) of paragraph 2(1)(b) of Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Income Support (General) Regulations 1987, as at the date when the application for advice and assistance is made.

8.    If the person concerned is making bona fide payments for the maintenance of a spouse who is living apart, of a former spouse or of a child or relative who is not (in any such case) a member of the household of the person concerned, there shall be a deduction of such payment as was made during or in respect of the seven days up to and including the date of the application for advice and assistance.

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9.    Where it appears to the solicitor that there has been some error or mistake in the determination of the disposable income, disposable capital or maximum contribution of the person concerned, he may redetermine the disposable income or disposable capital or maximum contribution or, as the case may be, amend the determination, and in the latter case the amended determination shall for all purposes be substituted for the original determination.

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10.    (1)    Where the person concerned is of pensionable age and his weekly disposable income (excluding any net income derived from capital) is less than the current amended figure thereof as prescribed in section 11(2)(a) of the Act there shall be disregarded the amount of capital as specified in the following table: –

 


Weekly disposable income (excluding net income derived from capital)

Amount of capital disregard


 

 


 

 

 

Up to £10

 

25,000

 

£11 - £22

 

20,000

 

£23 - £34

 

15,000

 

£35 - £46

 

10,000

 

£47 and above

 

5,000

 

(2)[89]    In this Schedule "pensionable age" means the age of 60.

 

11.    In computing the amount of capital of the person concerned there shall be wholly disregarded any capital payment received from any source which is made in relation to the subject matter of the dispute in respect of which the person concerned is applying for advice and assistance.

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Schedule 3

[90]
Table of fees allowable to solicitors
(on or after 30 April 2005)

[As amended and regulating solicitors’ fees in relation to work done on or after 30 April 2005.  For earlier versions of this schedule, refer to the relevant archived regulations.]

 

Regulation 17


 

 

Part 1

Table of fees allowable to solicitors for assistance by way of representation

1.    Subject to paragraph 3 of this Part, the fees allowable to a solicitor for providing assistance by way of representation shall be for criminal matters and civil matters [91]and children’s matters arising out of hearings or proceedings under the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011as follows:-


 

Criminal 

Civil 

[92]Children’s

[93]


(a)           


 


 

 


 

(b)        [94]fees, as undernoted, for work other than or subsequent to that described in – Schedule 1B to the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Regulations 1999


 


 

 

1.    The fee for –

 


 

(i)          any time up to the first half hour spent by a solicitor appearing in court or conducting another hearing;

£27.40

£33.15

£33.15


 

(ii)         each quarter hour (or part thereof) subsequent to the first half hour spent in court or conducting another hearing.

£13.70

£16.60

£16.60

2.    The fee for –

 


 

(i)          each quarter hour (or part thereof) spent by a solicitor in carrying out work other than that prescribed in paragraphs 1 and 3 to 5 hereof, provided that any time is additional to the total time charged for under paragraph 1 above;

£10.55

£12.75

£12.75


 

(ii)         for each quarter hour (or part thereof) spent by a solicitor's clerk in carrying out work other than that prescribed in paragraphs 3 to 5 hereof.

£5.25

£6.35

£6.35

3.    The fee for – 

 


 

(i)          each citation of a witness including execution thereof;

(ii)         framing and drawing precognitions and other necessary papers, subject to paragraph 4(iii) below - per sheet (or part thereof);

(iii)        instructing messengers-at-arms and sheriff officers, including examining execution and settling fee;

(iv)       lengthy telephone calls (of over 4 and up to 10 minutes duration); and


 


 

 

(v)         letters, including instructions to counsel, subject to paragraph 4(ii) below - per page (or part thereof).

£6.00

£7.25

£7.25

4.    The fee for – 

 


 

(i)          attendance at court offices for performance of formal work including each necessary lodging in or uplifting from court or each necessary enquiry for documents due to be lodged;

(ii)         short letters of a formal nature, intimations and letters confirming telephone calls;

(iii)        framing formal papers, including inventories and title pages - per sheet (or part thereof);


 


 

 


 

(iv)       revising papers drawn by counsel or where revisal ordered by court - per 5 sheets (or part thereof); and


 


 

 


 

(v)         short telephone calls (of up to 4 minutes duration).

£2.40

£2.90

£2.90

4A [95] The fee for each quarter of an hour (or part thereof) spent traveling –

(a) by a solicitor

(b) by a solicitor’s clerk

 

 

 

£5.28

 

£2.63

 

 

 

£6.38

 

£3.18

 

 

 

£6.38

 

£3.18

5.    

[96](a)There is no fee for photocopying-

(i)  where fewer than 20 sheets are copied at one time;

(ii)  in relation to the first 20 sheets copied at any one time.

(b)Subject to sub paragraph (a), the fee for all photocopying in the matter in relation to which assistance by way of representation was given is-

(i)  5 pence for each sheet copied for up to 10,000 sheets; and

(ii)  1 penny per sheet for each sheet copied in addition to the first 10,000 sheets.

 

                 

 

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[105]Calculation of fees for time at court and travelling

1A.  The fees under paragraphs 1, 2 and 4A of the table are payable on the basis of the total time engaged per day.

Interpretation

2. In this table – 

a “sheet” shall consist of 250 words or numbers;

a “page” shall consist of 125 words or numbers.

Petition by debtor for sequestration

3. The fees allowable to a solicitor for providing assistance by way of representation in relation to a petition by a debtor for the sequestration of his estate under section 5(2)(a) of the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act 1985 shall be –

(a)          £33.15 for any time spent by a solicitor appearing in court in connection with the petition; and

(b)          £54.45 for all other work in connection with the petition.


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Part II

Table of fees allowed to solicitors for advice and assistance other than assistance by way of representation

    1. [97]The fees allowable to a solicitor shall be calculated for criminal matters and for civil matters and for children's matters arising out of Part II of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 [98]or in connection with any hearings or proceedings under the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 as follows:-


 

 


 

 

Criminal 

Civil 

Children 

A.

[99]Time occupied in carrying out work for the client other than work described in paragraphs B to G below.


 


 


 


 

 

(i)          Solicitor - per quarter hour (or part thereof)

£11.60

£12.75

£12.75


 

 

(ii)         Solicitor's clerk - per quarter hour (or part thereof)

£5.77

£6.35

£6.35

B.

For short letters of a formal nature, short telephone calls (of up to 4 minutes duration), framing formal documents such as inventories and engrossing formal documents for signature - per sheet (or part thereof)

£2.64

£2.90

£2.90

C.

For letters other than B above - per page (or part thereof), framing non-formal documents other than precognitions - per sheet of 250 words (or part thereof) and lengthy telephone calls (of over 4 and up to 10 minutes duration)

£6.60

£7.25

£7.25

D.

For taking and drawing precognitions - for the first sheet of 250 words or less

£23.15

£25.50

£25.50


 

 

for each subsequent sheet of 250 words

£23.15

£25.50

£25.50


 

 

for each subsequent sheet of less than 250 words

£11.60

£12.75

£12.75

DA.

[100]

The fee for each quarter of an hour (or part thereof) spent travelling –

 

                

 

 

 

 

 

(a)                by a solicitor

£5.80

£6.38

£6.38

 

 

(b)                by a solicitor’s clerk

£2.89

£3.18

£3.18

E.


 

(a)     [101]There is no fee for photocopying-

(i)where fewer than 20 sheets are copied at any one time;

(ii) in relation to the first 20 sheets copied at any one time.

(b)      Subject to sub-paragraph (a), the fee for all photocopying in the matter is –

(i)5 pence for each sheet copied for up to 10,000 sheets; and

(ii)1 penny per sheet for each sheet copied in addition to the first 10,000 sheets.


 


 


 

F

.[102]

[102a]


 

 

 

 

         

 

         

 

           

 

           

G.

[103]

       

 

   

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

[104]

Interpretation

    3. In this Table –

a "sheet" shall consist of 250 words or numbers; and

a "page" shall consist of 125 words or numbers..


 
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[106] SCHEDULE 3

PART III

TABLE OF FEES ALLOWED TO SOLICITORS FOR ASSISTANCE BY WAY OF REPRESENTATION FOR  PROCEEDINGS UNDER SECTIONS 19, 30 AND 36(1)(a) OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE (SCOTLAND) ACT 2016


A reference in this Table of Fees to a section is a reference to a section of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016.

1.    Section 19 - Application for review of conditions of investigative liberation   

(a)    Inclusive fee, excluding travel, for all work where matter does not proceed to a court hearing.    £50.00

(b)    Inclusive fee, excluding travel, for all work where matter proceeds to a court hearing.     £75.00

(c)    Additional fee, excluding travel, for second or subsequent court hearing, per hearing.    £50.00

(c)    Fee for time necessarily spent travelling to and from court, where the court is not in a town or place where the solicitor has a place of business, per quarter hour.     £5.80

2.    Section 30 - Application for review of undertaking conditions   

(a)    Inclusive fee, excluding travel, for all work where matter does not proceed to a court hearing.    £50.00

(b)    Inclusive fee, excluding travel, for all work where matter proceeds to a court hearing.     £75.00

(c)    Additional fee, excluding travel, for second or subsequent court hearing, per hearing.    £50.00

(d)    Fee for time necessarily spent travelling to and from court, where the court is not in a town or place where the solicitor has a place of business, per quarter hour.     £5.80

3.    Section 36(1)(a) – Application for authorisation for questioning by a prosecutor 

(a)    Inclusive fee, excluding travel, for all work where matter does not proceed to a court hearing.    £50.00

(b)    Inclusive fee, excluding travel, for all work where matter proceeds to a court hearing.    £75.00

(c)    Additional fee, excluding travel, for second or subsequent court hearing, per hearing.    £50.00

(d)    Fee for time necessarily spent travelling to and from court, where the court is not in a town or place where the solicitor has a place of business, per quarter hour.    £5.80


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PART IV

TABLE OF FEES ALLOWED TO SOLICITORS FOR ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE IN RELATION TO SECTIONS 32 AND 44 OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE (SCOTLAND) ACT 2016

1.(a) Where a client to whom section 32 applies has exercised a right to have a solicitor present while being interviewed in terms of section 32(2), a solicitor can only claim a fee under paragraph 4 for all work undertaken in a single period in which that client— 

    (i)    voluntarily attends for interview,   
    (ii)    is in custody,   
    (iii)    voluntarily attends for interview and during that interview, or immediately after it, is arrested and in custody.   

(b)    Where a client to whom section 32 applies has not exercised their right under section 32(2), a solicitor can only claim a fee under paragraph 3 or 5 for all work undertaken in a single period in which that client is in custody. 

(c)    (i)    Where a fee under paragraph 3 or 4 is claimed, a solicitor can only claim the higher rate, instead of the standard rate, if personal attendance on the client takes place wholly or partly during  an unsocial time.   
        (ii)    Where a fee under paragraph 5 is claimed, a solicitor can only claim the higher rate, instead of the standard rate, if the attendance on the client (personal or otherwise) takes place wholly or partly at an unsocial time.   

2. In this part—   

“unsocial time” means-

(a)    a Saturday, Sunday or specified holiday;
(b)    any time between 1900 hours and 0700 hours on any other day;

“constable” means-

(a)     a constable within the meaning given by section 99(1) of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012;

(b)    a person appointed under section 21(1), 22(1), 23(1), 24(1) or 25(1) of the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003;

(c)    a person appointed under section 55(1) of the Energy Act 2004;

(d)    a person who is a member of the Ministry of Defence Police by virtue of section 1(2) of the Ministry of Defence Police Act 1987;

(e)    a person appointed as an immigration officer under paragraph 1 of Schedule 2 to the Immigration Act 1971;

(f)    a person who is designated as a general customs official under section 3(1) of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 or as a customs revenue official under section 11(1) of that Act;

(g)    a person appointed as an officer of Revenue and Customs under section 2(1) of the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005;
     
“mental disorder” has the meaning given in section 328 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003;   

“specified holiday” means:  

(a)    New Year’s Day, if it is not a Saturday or Sunday or, if it is a Saturday or Sunday, the first Monday following New Year’s Day;

(b)    2nd January or   

(i)    if it is a Saturday, 4th January;
(ii)    if it is Sunday, 4th January; 

(c)    Good Friday;

(d)    Easter Monday;

(e)    the first Monday in May;

(f)    30th November, if it is not a Saturday or Sunday or, if it is a Saturday or Sunday, the first Monday following the 30th November;

(g)    Christmas Day, if it is not a Saturday or Sunday or, if it is a Saturday or Sunday, the first Monday following Christmas Day;

(h)    26th December or   

(i)    if it is a Saturday, 28th December;
(ii)    if it is a Sunday, 28th December. 

 

    Standard Rate Higher Rate
3. Inclusive fee, excluding travel, for personal attendance by a solicitor where a constable determines the client has a mental disorder and the client has exercised a right to consultation under section 44. £75.00 £99.75
4. Inclusive fee, excluding travel, for personal attendance by a solicitor where the client has exercised a right to have a solicitor present in terms of section 32(2)—           
(a) aggregate time engaged or waiting is 2 hours or less; or £115.00 £152.95
(b)(i) aggregate time engaged or waiting is more than 2 hours, up to and including 4 hours; and £200.00 £266.00
(ii) for each additional hour over 4 hours (or part thereof). £50.00 £66.50
5. Inclusive fee, excluding travel, for attendance by a solicitor where the client has exercised a right to consultation under section 44 other than in the circumstances provided for in paragraph 3. £30.00 £39.90
6. Fee for travelling time in relation to personal attendance –    
(a)
travel time engaged is 2 hours or less per half hour (or part thereof); and.
£11.60 £15.43
(b) travel time engaged is more than 2 hours, where authorised by the Board, in advance per half hour (or part thereof). £11.60 £15.43

 

      


[1] As amended by S.I. 1997 No. 726 (in force from 1 April 1997) to the effect that the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) (Consolidation and Amendment) Regulations 1996 are to be cited simply as the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Regulations 1996

[2] Inserted by S.S.I. 2000 No. 399 (in force from 15 January 2001)

[3] Inserted by S.S.I. 2013 No 200 (in force from 24 June 2013)

[4] Substituted by S.S.1 2013 No 200 (in force from 24 June 2013)

[5] Inserted by S.I. 2008 No. 1879, Part II, regulation 35 (in force from 27 October 2008).

[6] Inserted by S.S.I. 2007 No. 60 (in force from 1 May 2007)

[7] Inserted by S.S.I. 2007 No. 60 (in force from 1 May 2007)

[8]Inserted by S.S.I. 2000 No. 399 (in force from 15 January 2001)

[9] Inserted by S.I. 2008 No. 1879, Part II, regulation 35 (in force from 27 October 2008).

[10] Inserted by S.S.I. 2003 No. 421 (in force from 1 October 2003)

[11] Inserted by S.S.I. 2013 No 200 (in force from 24 June 2013)

[12] Inserted by S.S.I 2013 No. 142 (in force from 11 June 2013)

[13] Inserted by S.S.I. 2011 No. 161 (in force from 1 April 2011) enabling submission of an application in such form as the Board may require including online or other electronic communication

[14] As amended by S.S.I. 2000 No. 181 (in force from 7 July 2000) to the effect of inserting ", an income-based jobseeker's allowance (payable under the Jobseekers Act 1995)"

[15] Inserted by S.I. 2008 No. 1879, Part II, regulation 35 (in force from 27 October 2008).

[16] Inserted by S.S.I. 2013 No. 137 (in force from 29 April 2013)

[16a] Inserted by S.S.I. 2017 No. 466 (in force from 25 January 2018)

[17] Substituted by S.S.I. 2003 No 421 (in force from 1 October 2003)

[18]Substituted by S.S.I. 2005 No 445 (in force from 5 October 2005)

[19] Inserted by S.S.I. 2013 No 200 (in force from 24 June 2013)

[20] Inserted by S.S.I. 2013 No 200 (in force from 24 June 2013)

[21] Substituted by S.S.I. 2003 No 163 (in force from 6 April 2003) extending aggregation of resources to “same sex couples”

[22] Inserted by S.S.I. 2000 No. 421 (in force from 1 October 2003)

[23] Inserted by S.S.I. 2005 No. 339 (in force from 1 July 2005)

[24] Substituted by S.S.I. 2004 No.492 (in force from 4 December 2004)

[25]Inserted by S.S.I. 2007 No.60 (in force from 1 May 2007)

[26] Inserted by S.S.I. 2007 No.60 (in force from 1 May 2007)

[27] Inserted by S.S.I. 2008 No 240 (applies only in relation to a case where the criminal legal assistance concerned is granted or made available on or after  30 June 2008).

[28] Substituted by S.S.I. 2004 No.492 (in force from 4 December 2004)

[29] Amended by S.S.I. 2011 No. 161 (in force from April 2011) which omitted the words “and the application must also be countersigned by the client seeking advice and assistance”.

[30] Inserted by S.S.I. 2007 No.60 (in force from 1 May 2007).  Amended by S.S.I. 2008 No 240 (applies only in relation to a case where the criminal legal assistance concerned is granted or made available on or after  30 June 2008).

[31] Inserted by S.S.I. 2007 No.60 (in force from 1 May 2007)

[32] Inserted by S.S.I. 2007 No.60 (in force from 1 May 2007)

[33] Inserted by S.S.I. 2008 No 240 (applies only in relation to a case where the criminal legal assistance concerned is granted or made available on or after  30 June 2008).

[34] Inserted by S.S.I. 2008 No 240 (applies only in relation to a case where the criminal legal assistance concerned is granted or made available on or after  30 June 2008).

[35] Inserted by S.S.I. 2008 No 240 (applies only in relation to a case where the criminal legal assistance concerned is granted or made available on or after  30 June 2008).

[35a] Inserted by S.S.I. 2017 No. 466 (in force from 25 January 2018)

[36] Inserted by S.S.I. 2004 No.492 (in force from 4 December 2004). Amended, by the additional of the words “in relation to a civil matter”, by S.S.I. 2008 No 240 (applies only in relation to a case where the criminal legal assistance concerned is granted or made available on or after  30 June 2008).

[37] Omitted by S.S.I 2011 No134 (in force from 1st April 2011 but only in respect of advice and assistance provided pursuant to an application approved after 1 April 2011).

[38] As amended by S.I. 1997 No. 726 (in force from 1 April 1997 and applying only in relation to any case where an application for advice and assistance is made on or after 1 April 1997) to the effect of substituting "or an income-based jobseeker's allowance or a back to work bonus (payable under the Jobseekers Act 1995)" for "of the 1992 Act or an income-based jobseeker's allowance within the meaning of section 1(4) of the Jobseekers Act 1995 but excluding any sums treated as payable by way of a jobseeker's allowance by virtue of section 26 of that Act"

[39]Inserted by S.I. 2008 No. 1879, Part II, regulation 35 (in force from 27 October 2008).

[40] Substituted by SSI No. 142 (came into force on 11 June 2013)

[41] Inserted by S.I. 1998 No. 724 (in force from 6 April 1998 and applying only in relation to any case where an application for advice and assistance is made on or after 6 April 1998)

[42] Inserted by S.S.I 2013 No. 37 (in force from 29 April 2013)

[43] Omitted by S.S.I 2011 No.134  (coming in force only in respect of advice and assistance provided pursuant to an application approved on or after 1st April.). Exemption is no longer available but can still be claimed in respect of advice and assistance provided before this date, as follows,

Date of order or settlement prior to 1 December 2002

£2,500

Date of order or settlement on or after 1 December 2002 (and not covered below)

£4,200

Date of application for advice and assistance

  -  between 6 April 2003 and 11 April 2004

  -  between 12 April 2004 and 10 April 2005

  -  between 11 April 2005 and 9 April 2006

  -  between 10 April 2006 and 8 April 2007

  -  between 9 April 2007 and 6 April 2008

  -  between 7 April 2008 and 6 April 2009

  -  between 7 April 2009 and 11 April 2010

  -  between 12 April 2010 and 31 March 2011

 

£4,275

£4,395

£4,531

£4,653

£4,821

£5,009

£5,259

£5,338

 

[44] As amended by S.I. 1997 No. 726 (in force from 1 April 1997 and applying only in relation to any case where an application for advice and assistance is made on or after 1 April 1997) to the effect of deleting "but excluding any sums treated as payable by way of jobseeker's allowance by virtue of section 26 of that Act" at the end of the sub-paragraph

[45] Deleted by SSI 2013, No. 142 (came into force on 11 June 2013)

[46] Inserted by S.I. 2008 No. 1879, Part II, regulation 35 (in force from 27 October 2008).

[47] Inserted by S.S.I. 2013 No. 65 (came into force on 8 April 2013)

[48] Deleted by SSI 2013, No. 142 (came into force on 11 June 2013)

[49] Inserted by S.S.I. 2013 No. 65 (came into force on 8 April 2013)

[50] Substituted by S.S.I. No. 250 (came into force on 31 October 2013)

[51] Omitted hy S.S.I. 2013 No. 142 (came into force on 11 June 2013)

[52] Inserted by S.S.I 2013 No. 142 (came into force on 11 June 2013)

[53] Omitted by S.S.I 2011 No. 134 (in force 1st April, as above)

[54] Reference to “dwelling” omitted  by S.S.I. No. 2011 No 134  (in force from 1 April 2011)

[55] Inserted by S.I. 1997 No. 726 (in force from 1 April 1997 and applying only in relation to any case where an application for advice and assistance is made on or after 1 April 1997)

[56] Substituted by S.S.I. 2014 No. 90 (in force from 1 April 2014)

[57] Inserted by S.I. 1997 No. 726 (in force from 1 April 1997 and applying only in relation to any case where an application for advice and assistance is made on or after 1 April 1997).  This Scheme, which applies only in certain areas of Great Britain, is an extra statutory Scheme introduced by the Secretary of State for Social Security having effect on 8 October 1996

[58]Omitted by S.S.I No. 2011 No 134  (in force from 1 April 2011)

[59] Inserted by S.S.I. 2000 No. 495 (in force from 1 December 2002)

[60] Reference to Child Support Commissioners omitted by S.S.I. 2010 No. 166, in force from 9 June 2010.

[61] Inserted by S.S.I. 2010 No. 166, in force from 9 June 2010

[61a] Inserted by S.S.I. 2017 No. 466 (in force from 25 January 2018)

[62] Inserted by S.S.I. 2008 No 240 (applies only in relation to a case where the criminal legal assistance concerned is granted or made available on or after  30 June 2008).

[63] Inserted by S.S.I. 2008 No 240 (applies only in relation to a case where the criminal legal assistance concerned is granted or made available on or after  30 June 2008).

[63A] Inserted by S.S.I. 2017 No 291 (in force from 13 September 2017)

[64] Inserted by S.S.I. 2008 No 240 (applies only in relation to a case where the criminal legal assistance concerned is granted or made available on or after  30 June 2008).

[65] Inserted by S.S.I. 2007 No. 60 (in force from 1 May 2007)

[66] As substituted by S.S.I. 2004 No.492 (in force from 4 December 2004)

[67] As inserted by S.S.I. 2004 No.492 (in force from 4 December 2004)

[68] Inserted by S.S.I. 2010 No.462 (applies only in relation to advice and assistance made available on or after 31 January 2011). Regulation 3 of S.S.I. 2010 No.166 is revoked by these regulations. (whereby these arrangements only applied to first-tier and upper tribunals)

[69] Inserted by S.I. 1998 No. 724 (in force from 6 April 1998 and applying only in relation to any case where an application for advice and assistance is made on or after 6 April 1998)

[70] Omitted by S.I.I. 2010 No.462 (applies only in relation to applications for advice and assistance made on or after 31 January 2011)

[71]Inserted by S.S.I. 2008 No 240 (applies only in relation to a case where the criminal legal assistance concerned is granted or made available on or after  30 June 2008).

[72]Inserted by S.S.I. 2010 No.462 (applies only in relation to applications for advice and assistance made on or after 31 January 2011). These arrangements already applied to advice and assistance in relation to criminal matters. The words “in relation to a criminal matter” where they appeared in paragraph 2A(1) are omitted, thereby extending the provision to civil and children’s matters as well

[73] Inserted by S.S.I. 2013 No 200 (in force from 24 June 2013)

[74] As substituted by S.I. 1997 No. 726 (in force from 1 April 1997 and applying only in relation to any case where an application for advice and assistance is made on or after 1 April 1997)

[75] As substituted by S.I. 1997 No. 726 (in force from 1 April 1997 and applying only in relation to any case where an application for advice and assistance is made on or after 1 April 1997)

[76]Substituted by S.S.I. 2014 No. 90 (in force from 1 April 2014)

[77]Inserted by S.S.I. 2013 No. 142 (came into force 11 June 2013)

[78] Inserted by S.S.I. 2003 No. 163 (in force from 6 April 2003)

[79] Inserted by S.S.I 2013 No. 142 (came into force 11 June 2013)

[80] Inserted by S.S.I 2013 No. 142 (came into force 11 June 2013)

[81] Inserted by S.S.I. 2003 No. 421 (in force from 1 October 2003)

[82] Inserted by S.I. 2008 No. 1879, Part II, regulation 35 (in force from 27 October 2008).

[83] Inserted by S.S.I. 2013  No. 137 (in force from 29 April 2013)

[84] As amended by S.I. 1998 No. 724 (in force from 6 April 1998 and applying only in relation to any case where an application for advice and assistance is made on or after 6 April 1998) to the extent of substituting "or a dependent person" for "a dependent child, or a dependent relative wholly or substantially maintained by him"

[85] As amended by S.I. 1997 No. 726 (in force from 1 April 1997 and applying only in relation to any case where an application for advice and assistance is made on or after 1 April 1997) to the extent of the substitution of "that Act" for "those Acts"

[86] As substituted by S.I. 1998 No. 724 (in force from 6 April 1998 and applying only in relation to any case where an application for advice and assistance is made on or after 6 April 1998)

[87]As amended by S.S.I. 2000 No. 181 (in force from 7 July 2000) to the effect of substituting "(2)" for "2" after the word "column"

[88] As amended by S.S.I. 2000 No. 181 (in force from 7 July 2000) to the effect of (a) substituting "(2)" for "2" after the word "column"; (b) substituting "2(1)(b)" for "2(1)(c)"; and inserting at the end "as at the date when the application for advice and assistance is made"

[89] As substituted by S.I. 1998 No. 724 (in force from 6 April 1998 and applying only in relation to any case where an application for advice and assistance is made on or after 6 April 1998)

[90] As substituted by S.S.I. 2005 No. 171 (in force from 30 April 2005) and applying to fees for work done, or outlays incurred, on or after 30 April 2005

[91] As substituted by S.S.I. 2013 No 144 (in force from 24 June 2013)

[92] Inserted column by S.S.I. 2013 No 144 (in force from 24 June 2013)

[93] Paragraph 1(a) omitted by  S.S.I. 2008 No 240 (in force from 30 June 2008)

[94] As amended by S.S.I. 2008 No 240 (in force from 30 June 2008)

[95] Inserted by S.S.I 2011 No. 41 2011 (in force from 28th February 2011) prescribing a rate for travel at one half the non-advocacy rae in respect of travel commenced on or after 28 February 2011.

[96] Substituted by S.S.I. 2013 No. 250 (came into force on 31 October 2013)

[97] As amended by S.S.I. 2008 No 240 (in force from 30 June 2008)

[98]Inserted by S.S.I. 2013 No 144 (in force from 24 June 2013)

[99] As amended by S.S.I. 2010 No. 312 (in force from 30 September 2010).

[100] Inserted by S.S.I 2011 No.41 (in force from 28th February 2011) prescribing a rate for travel at one half of the non-advocacy rate in respect of travel commenced on or after 28 February 2011.

[101] Substitued by S.S.I. 2013 No. 250 (came into force on 31 October 2013)

[102] Inserted by S.S.I. 2010 No. 312 (in force from 30 September 2010).

[102a] Omitted by S.S.I. 2017 No. 466 (in force from 25 January 2018)

[103] Inserted by S.S.I. 2010 No. 312 (in force from 30 September 2010)

[104] Paragraph 2 omitted by S.S.I. 2008 No 240 (in force from 30 June 2008)

[105] Inserted by S.S.I. 2014 No. 257 (came into force on 10 November 2014)

[106] Inserted by S.S.I. 2017 No. 466 (in force from 25 January 2018)

[107] Inserted by S.S.I. 2017 No. 466 (in force from 25 January 2018)

 


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