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Legal Aid Costs: Getting it Right

Maximise your legal aid costs and avoid rejected claims

The process of claiming costs from the LAA has become more and more difficult due to changing fee schemes and guidance. Our new online training course is designed for legal aid practitioners to highlight the things that you will need to think about when conducting your legal aid cases to help you to :

  • Claim for everything that you are entitled to
  • Ensure that you are not unnecessarily limiting your costs or carrying out work that you won’t be paid for
  • Avoid rejected claims

There are many different aspects to maximising your costs and achieving efficient billing and this process starts from the moment you obtain legal aid right up until final billing. The training is therefore broken down into several separate sessions and once you have purchased the course you will be able to log in as and when you want and go through the training videos at your own pace.

Contents:

Training Session 1: Legal Aid Certificates (20 minutes). A session looking at common difficulties encountered with scope and costs limitations that can result in you carrying our work that you won't get paid for.

Training Session 2: Claimable Costs (30 minutes) . In this session we highlight some of the main rules regarding what can and can't be claimed for, in respect of profit costs and disbursements

Training Session 3: Working with Fixed Fees (31 minutes). What you need to be looking out for when conducting fixed fee cases, including the impact of your certificate limitations on fixed fees and key points regarding ensuring you are not unnecessarily restricting your FAS fees.

Training Session 4: Enhancements (13 minutes) The factors have to be in place for a case to qualify for an enhancement and what is taken into account when determining the % to apply.

Training Session 5: High Cost Cases (Civil Non Family) (12 minutes). Key points to bear in mind when conducting high cost civil cases.

Training Session 6: High Cost Cases (Family) (33 minutes). Highlighting the current rules regarding fully costed case plans and events based Care Case Fee Scheme (CCFS) and steps you will need to take when running these cases to ensure you are maximising your costs

Training Session 7: Inter Partes Costs Orders in Legal Aid Cases (12 minutes). An overview of what to do if you have a costs order made in your favour in a legal aid case.

Training Session 8: Judicial Review Proceedings (4 minutes). A quick run through the rules regarding payment of costs pre-permission.

Training Session 9: Experts & Prior Authority (9 minutes). This session looks at the codified rates, items that can't be claimed by experts, and when prior authority can and should be applied for.

Training Session 10: Submitting Claims & Avoiding Rejection (21 minutes). Looking at the approach taken by the LAA on assessment and their current submission requirements.

Training Session 11: Costs in CCMS (28 minutes). Key differences in managing costs compared to paper processes.

Training Session 12: Final Thoughts (6 minutes)


Your Instructor


David Smith
David Smith

David is Head of Legal Aid at John M Hayes. Over recent years he has delivered training to over 600 legal aid practitioners and regularly runs workshops at the Legal Aid Practitioners' Annual Conference.

"David is one of the best trainers on his subject"

"Complex area explained both clearly and concisely, many thanks"

"Second time I have attended a seminar presented by David. He is very clear and retains attention. Excellent"




Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Is there a discount for multiple users from the same firm?
Yes. We offer the following discounts for group bookings. 2 to 5 users = 15% discount per user. If you have 5 delegates enrol then further enrollments from your firm are free. To obtain your firm's discount codes please email david.smith@johnmhayes.co.uk prior to purchasing the course. The codes will then be used by each user when enrolling in the course

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