The Lawyer Africa Elite 2014 features an in-depth look at 46 leading independent firms’ strategies in 15 key sub-Saharan jurisdictions, as well as the views of in-house counsel from some of Africa’s largest companies... Read more
This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
The Government is planning short-term legal aid block contracts to immigration firms to make up a shortfall in the sector.
Under proposals in the Access to Justice Bill, only firms which currently have a legal aid franchise will be awarded a block contract.
But more than 80 per cent of immigration work is carried out by firms without a franchise, according to Legal Aid Board statistics.
This week, government minister Lord Falconer told the House of Lords committee examining the Bill: "It is the intention of the LAB to offer short-term contracts to help firms get up to a standard where they can get a franchise to deal with immigration problems.
"We are aware of that problem and seek to deal with it as urgently as possible."
The LAB has always stated immigration required a different approach in implementing change.
According to figures released in April last year, 90 per cent of legal aid money on immigration goes to London firms, while four per cent goes to Birmingham. The rest is divided up between Britain's other major cities.
The LAB claims "there may be significant need in areas outside London which is not being addressed".
Lord Falconer says the Government is now promising "second-tier'' contracts with experts who can give support to lawyers without immigration law knowledge.