The LAA are proposing significant and positive changes to their processing of CCFS Single Counsel matters. From 3 June 2019, provided that the LAA accept registration in the usual way, providers will be able to access a model contract and Barristers Acceptance Forms on the LAA website which can be uploaded with an application to increase the costs limitation to £32,500 to CCMS, without the need to submit a plan. Negotiations will then take place at the conclusion of the case unless costs exceed £32,500.
The LAA are set to release detailed guidance imminently but have confirmed that this change will apply to case plans already in the system and those not yet agreed.
Further, the LAA are set to be providing a simplified process for the QC/2 Counsel scheme later in the summer.
As the LAA will release detailed guidance soon please look out for their bulletin for full details of these changes.
Thank you to the LAPG for this exciting information!