Legal Aid Costs: Transfer of court assessed claims to Legal Aid Agency mandatory from 17 August 2020

With effect from 17 August 2020, claims for Legal Aid Costs formerly 'taxed' by the Court will now be assessed directly by the Legal Aid Agency. Early indications during the pilot period are positive with claims often being processed in two weeks compared with many months when 'taxed' via the usual Court route. The guidance is as follows: Bills previously submitted to court for taxation (above £2,500 net) will now be uploaded to CCMS for LAA assessment. The LAA will require a bill to be created in one of three formats to be considered by LAA caseworkers rather than the Court. You can use the Online Portal or Claim Upload. There are some exclusions to this process; please refer to the FAQ doc

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