Personal Injury, Serious Injury & Clinical Negligence

Ministry Of Justice Announces Changes To Legal Aid

Supplementary Legal Aid Scheme Is Abandoned For Claims Funded By SLAS

Following Royal Assent to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, the Legal Services Commission had intended that from 1 April 2013 they would be able to recover up to 25% of Claimants damages in all matters which had been funded with the benefit of legal aid (known as the Supplementary Legal Aid Scheme (SLAS)).

However, on 24 September 2012 the Ministry of Justice announced that they no longer intended to proceed with the scheme. A spokesman said:

“Having carefully considered the views expressed in a recent stakeholder engagement exercise, ministers have decided not to proceed with implementation of the proposed Supplementary Legal Aid Scheme in April 2013.”

Under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, legal aid will continue to be available only to those injured during pregnancy, labour or the first 8 weeks of life. Following the announcement, by the Ministry of Justice they will now need to consider alternative means of funding these types of claims.

Author: Vanessa Harris