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Legal Aid Scheme: Contracts

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 131313, tabled on 28 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many firms of solicitors hold a (a) civil and (b) criminal legal aid contract as of 28 February 2022.

Answered on

4 March 2022

There are currently 1,062 firms who hold a Criminal Legal Aid Contract and there are currently 1,369 firms who hold a Civil Legal Aid Contract. Please note that firms may have one or more office and may hold a contract to provide civil legal aid, criminal legal or both civil and criminal legal aid services. This data is correct as at 10 February 2022.

The Legal Aid Agency frequently reviews market capacity to make sure there is adequate provision around the country and moves quickly to secure additional provision where necessary.

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