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.
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.