Parishil Patel & Rose Grogan’s case of Fair Crime Contract Alliance v Legal Aid Agency (Legal Aid Procurement Challenge) has been listed amongst the top 20 cases of 2016 by The Lawyer (18/01/2016).
Parishil acts (jointly) for the claimants bringing a claim to challenge the Government’s decision not to award them a duty provider contract. Rose is junior counsel for the government (the Legal Aid Agency).
The challenge is to the Government’s decision to have competitive tendering for duty provider contracts for criminal legal aid. Previously, any firm practising in criminal law could be awarded a contract. The Government then introduced a tender process to restrict the number of firms to be awarded contracts. Parishil acts for claimants who were not awarded a contract and the claim is that the Government’s decision not to award a contract to them was unlawful as being based on an unfair assessment, not affording them equal treatment and lacking transparency.
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