Fast, Friendly and Expert?: Legal aid franchising in advice agencies without solicitors

Policy Studies Institute 2000. Fast, Friendly and Expert?: Legal aid franchising in advice agencies without solicitors. London Policy Studies Institute.

TitleFast, Friendly and Expert?: Legal aid franchising in advice agencies without solicitors
AuthorsPolicy Studies Institute
Abstract

Summary:

The government is radically overhauling legal aid. In 1995, the Legal Aid Board began a one-year franchising pilot project in which it funded legal advice and assistance in advice agencies which did not employ solicitors. Citizens' advice bureaux, members of the Federation of Independent Advice Centres and Shelter Housing Advice Centres took part in the pilot. This book is the result of a research project designed by the Legal Aid Board to assess the benefits of extending legal aid funding to advice centres. The authors assess the impact of franchising on the 42 advice centres in the pilot. They consider the extent to which it can increase access to legal services and ensure services are of an acceptable quality, and explore the costs of providing services through advice centres. Their conclusion - that the pilot has been successful in enabling the Legal Aid Board to identify and address key issues for any future scheme.

Contents:

Introduction
The Non-Solicitor Agencies Pilot
The Research
Services Provided by the Pilot Agencies
Quality of Services
Access to Legal Services
Costs of the Franchise Services
Extending Non-Solicitor Agency Franchising
Conclusions and Recommendations

Year2000
PublisherPolicy Studies Institute
Place of publicationLondon
Publication dates
Published2000

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