Cut-off for submitting A&A, ABWOR, Solemn & Summary criminal accounts with a paper synopsis


Thursday, Oct 13, 2016

From 1 November 2016 we will no longer be able to register accounts received with an old paper synopsis. 

Please note that accounts received with an old paper synopsis on or after this date will be returned to you unregistered.

Guidance on how to submit a paper account and print the registration document is available in our guidance section.  

We previously informed you that we would continue to register accounts received with an old paper synopsis until Friday 8 July 2016 and that accounts received after that time would be returned unregistered.  

As some solicitors were experiencing difficulties entering the breakdown in the correct format we continued to accept accounts with a paper synopsis to allow us time to modify the account screens. 

We have now changed the way you input your breakdown and our update of 23 September provided important information on the changes made.

When do these changes take place?

From 1 November 2016 we will no longer be able to register accounts received with an old paper synopsis. Accounts received with an old paper synopsis on or after this date will be returned to you unregistered.

What if my account has been sent but has still to arrive?

We will continue to register accounts we received with an old paper synopsis until Monday 31 October 2016. After that date you will have to use the new paper process if you want to submit a paper account for the following account types:

  • All A&A and time and line ABWOR accounts covering children’s and criminal advice.
  • Civil A&A and Civil ABWOR accounts where the case did not proceed to a full grant of legal aid.
  • Solemn criminal accounts
  • Summary criminal time & line

Are there any circumstances where I will not be able to use the electronic synopsis to submit my account?

There may be a few instances when you will not be able to submit your account using the new paper process.  In these cases we will still be able to accept your account in paper format.

Examples of these situations are:

  • You used the old paper synopsis to submit your final account and you are now submitting a supplementary account.
  • In some cases where the grant of legal aid has been transferred.
  • Your advice and assistance account is submitted in tandem with a civil account.

How will I know whether I should submit a paper account or an account using the electronic synopsis?

When submitting a paper account you should do the following:

  • Open the accounts tab
  • Enter the LARN for the account you are submitting
  • Unless directed to send an old paper account you should complete the electronic synopsis and send the account with the registration document

What are the benefits of the new process for paper accounts?

In comparison to the current process the new paper process will provide the following benefits to firms:

  • You will now be able to complete the old ‘paper synopsis’ online. You will receive a notification confirming that your paper account has been received
  • You will be able to track the progress of your account
  • Simplified process for submitting ‘Nil’ accounts

We would therefore encourage firms to familiarise themselves with the new process for paper accounts. 

Further guidance on how to submit the paper account is available in our guidance section.

Training and guidance

We have set up a guidance section on our website where you will be able to access training videos and interactive PDFs for the Phase 1 and 2 products.

Please open this 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.

WEBINARS are available for all new account products.

For further information or to arrange a webinar, please contact:
Christine Connerton, Digital Services Marketing Officer: connertonch@slab.org.uk

 


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