Commission ploughs £3m into legal aid

The Legal Services Commission is making a further 100 grants available to help fund future legal aid solicitors.

Each grant could be worth up to £30,000, meaning the total cost be almost £3m.

The grants will cover the tuition fees of students on the Legal Practice Course (LPC), as well as 75 per cent of the Law Society’s minimum salary. They will also cover the cost of professional skills courses for LPC students on training contracts with law firms or legal advice centres.

The grants will be provided in anticipation that the newly qualified solicitor will remain for at least two years after completing their training contract.

Brian Harvey OBE, the LSC’s acting chief executive, said that priority will be given this year to organisations with contracts in the areas of mental health, childcare, immigration and crime.