The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) is currently inviting Tenders for the delivery of publicly funded criminal legal aid services from 1 October 2022 under a 2022 Standard Crime Contract. The deadline for submission of a Tender is 5pm on 30 November 2021. Further information is available on their website https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/crime-contract-2022-tender
Successful providers will be required to demonstrate accreditation against an appropriate Quality Standard, (the Specialist Quality Mark (SQM) or Lexcel).
Lexcel Accreditation – New Applicants
For Tender applicants who have chosen Lexcel as their preferred Quality Standard, full Lexcel accreditation should be achieved by the LAA verification deadline of 27th March 2022. Please contact our Lexcel department to request a copy of our application pack.
Lexcel Accreditation – Existing Holders
Applicants who already hold Lexcel – Must hold either
i. a valid accreditation that will be in force until at least 1 October 2022; or
ii. where the Applicant’s current Quality Standard certificate expires between 28 March and 30 September 2022, a copy of their current Quality Standard certification and written confirmation from the Lexcel auditing body of the date on which their next audit will be carried out (ensuring that there is no lapse in time between the end of their current certificate and the audit taking place).