Civil News: Speedier Payments On Way for Court Assessed Bills

Assessments of court assessed bills are being brought in-house and we are agreeing a transfer date with HM Courts and Tribunals Service

Providers are set to benefit from changes to civil court assessed claims, which should help ease their cash flow.

The change means that civil court assessed claims will be handled by the LAA’s civil finance team instead of the courts.

Why is this happening now?

In recent weeks many providers have gone without payment for cases because of court closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bringing this work in-house will remove the need for claims to go before the courts. This will mean faster payments in both the long and short-term for your work.

What will happen next?

We are already set up to receive these claims. So, you have the option to start sending them to us now, should you wish. It will be mandatory to use the LAA after the transfer date. We will confirm when this has been agreed.

We will be consulting on amendments being made to the Cost Assessment Guidance (CAG) to reflect this change in process. Operational guidance for firms wishing to submit claims ahead of the consultation closing has been published to support this change – see below.

Further Information

Transfer of claims assessed at court to the legal aid agency ahead of consultation closing