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.
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)
Kenny has been appointed as one of our legal aid specialists and is recognised as such both internally and externally. Kenny provides training to solicitors through our established national legal aid seminars designed at maximising solicitor’s costs and in order to help to avoid rejections. Kenny also takes responsibility for keeping our Costs Draftsmen up to date on Legal Aid developments.