About the Family Law Week blog

The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Legal Aid Update: Forms & Getting Paid

Kindly written & supplied by Jerry Bull (Managing Director of Atkins Hope, Solicitors in Croydon) & Samantha Little (Partner & Head of the Children Law Team at Russell-Cooke in Kingston) from their talk to the ALC Conference.

Forms are found on this webpage

• Civil Certificate billing codes

• Rates calculator

Enables you to make sure you are using the right fee scheme and rates by reference to the certificate date and the proceedings

• Checklists for all applications for costs which you can use to make sure you are not making basic errors

LAA state the most common reasons for rejecting applications are - the form is incomplete and/or has not been signed or dated; mandatory documents have not been sent or the wrong form has been used


If you believe a civil claim has been incorrectly rejected please use the new ‘civil claim reject fix’ email address:

Use this email even if you believe they have made only one error and you have made loads. If you are right they will ignore your errors. This email address can only be used to ask about rejected claims – not for general enquiries.
The LAA will respond to enquiries about rejected claims within 24 hours.

13 New Complaints process

This web page sets out how to make a complaint. There is a first tier where you use the form as set out on the web page and email it - you should get a reply within 10 days.

If you are not happy, you can refer the complaint to the Central Customer Services team using the same form. You have to set out why you are dissatisfied and what remains to be answered. Again this is emailed in. You should hear within 10 days

14. Applications to extend Supervision orders are means and merits tested and not APP5. They are usually concluded at the first hearing so be ready to finish the case immediately.

15. Watch out: If a court makes an interim care/supervision order of its own motion within private law proceedings this does not entitle any party to Non Means and Non Merits tested legal as there has not been an application for a care order pursuant to s31 which is the passporting basis for such legal aid. Therefore it is still not going to enable a parent to get legal aid unless one of the ground set out above apply.

Of course, if LA then issue care proceedings you can apply on APP5 in the usual way.

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