At a judicial review directions hearing this morning, the High Court granted the Law Society's application for an expedited hearing of its challenge to the Legal Services Commission's conduct of the tendering process for family legal aid contracts. The hearing will be heard on Tuesday 21 September with judgment expected to be delivered on Friday 24 September.
The court also ordered that the new contracts should not be issued pending the hearing of the case, though the LSC's work on appeals and verification will continue. The LSC has agreed that existing civil legal aid contracts will be extended by one month.
Hat tip to Noel at Philcox Gray & Co.