The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) came into force in April 2013. The authors have expertly pulled together information that is not currently available in one place providing the only single volume guide to the scheme available.
Vicky Ling worked for the Legal Aid Board in the early 1990s at the inception of 'franchising', has experience of managing organisations with legal aid contracts and has written and lectured extensively on legal aid practice management. She contributes regularly to Legal Action and has worked with over 200 firms of solicitors and not-for-profit agencies on all aspects of legal aid contracts, including tenders, contract compliance and costs (including appeals) and quality standards such as the Specialist Quality Mark and Lexcel. Simon Pugh is head of legal practice at Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. He has extensive experience of legal aid practice management and contract compliance across the private practice and not for profit sectors and civil, criminal and family law. Anthony Edwards is senior partner and head of the criminal department at TV Edwards.