Crime Tender - Information Packs Published
The Legal Aid Agency has now published its Crime Tender Information Packs.
These can be found on the following link:
There are 5 separate downloadable tables:-
Table 1 provides volume and value of Police Station Attendance Claims by Scheme in each legal aid procurement area. This includes both Duty and Own Solicitor Claims and covers the 3 financial years 2010/2011, 2011/2012 and 2012/2013.
Table 2 provides similar information by Provider. It should be noted that this includes all cases conducted by a Provider across various geographical areas.
Table 3 provides additional information on Magistrates Court workload by CJS Region.
Table 4 provides additional information on Crown Court Litigator workload by CJS Region.
Table 5 provides information on location of Providers and total crime workload.
This data is essential reading for all firms intending to tender for the Duty Provider work. However, it should be borne in mind that historical data is only an indicator of potential demand.
Firms should therefore carry out a sensitivity analysis of their financial budget which supports their delivery plan to test profitability in the event that actual demand continues to fall by a defined percentage each year of the contract.
This risk based approach would help firms to ensure that they do not commit to high levels of staff costs which are not sustainable.