Legal Aid Consultant
Vicky started her career in a Trading Standards Department as a Consumer Adviser, she went on to practise as a specialist in Debt and Welfare Benefits, including casework and representation in Tribunals and the County Court. She has managed a CAB, a Law Centre and a Housing Advice Centre, so has first hand experience of the issues involved in managing legal aid contracts.
Vicky is a specialist legal aid consultant, and is an authority on all aspects of the legal aid scheme, including scope, eligibility and contractual requirements. She writes a monthly column in Legal Action and has co-written or edited a number of publications on legal aid.
We can help with:
Advice on all legal aid compliance issues – reassurance if you are doing it right, effective and timely corrective action if things have gone wrong
Pre LAA audit – identify problem areas before your Contract Manager and take corrective action
Advice and drafting of appeals against LAA, including Contract Manager visits, reductions and nil assessments of costs, Contract Notices and Contract Terminations
Representing you in Contract Review Body appeal hearings
Helping you repair your relationship with the LAA when this has become fractured and stressful for whatever reason
Strategic and practical advice on novation of contracts and mergers
Internal audit – identifying strengths and weaknesses, advice on effective corrective action
Advice on appealing poor audit results, including peer review, SQM and contract compliance
Advice on and preparation of bids for legal aid contracts