News release

Advice to new entities tendering for criminal legal aid: Apply for authorisation sooner rather than later

New entities bidding for criminal Legal Aid contracts, but which are not yet authorised to practise, need to make an application for authorisation as soon as possible now the tender has reopened, says the SRA.

A series of targeted SRA events has been put into place to support criminal practitioners and firms to go through the authorisation process. The events will be relevant to any business, or any business model involving any structure or combination of lawyers or other authorised persons, or non-lawyer owners and managers.

A dedicated SRA webinar on authorisation will be held on 27 April. We are also running two seminars. The first was on 21 April in Birmingham.  A second seminar is on offer on 23 April in London.

Register now for the webinar on 27 April or the London seminar on 23 April.

Jane Malcolm, SRA Executive Director of External Affairs, said: "Our turnaround time for applications is relatively short. Some firms may, however, have complex needs which will take more time to work through.

"By getting in touch with us now and taking part in events we have planned to support new applicants, firms will have a clearer picture of what they need to do to get authorised.”

The SRA’s website also provides information on firm-based authorisation, covering: what the process entails, what information is needed to process applications, and how the SRA makes its decisions.

More about firm-based authorisation

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