News release

Legal Aid bidders advised to contact SRA

Firms bidding for Criminal Legal Aid contracts as new entities should contact us about authorisation as soon as possible.

We are aware that a number of bidders might be either new entrants to the profession, or are bidding as a joint venture with another firm. As yet they have not applied to us for recognition.

While the turnaround for applications is relatively short, some firms may have more complex needs than others. We can advise those firms on what will be expected from them during the application process.

Our firm-based authorisation pages include information on:

  • What the process entails
  • What information we need to process applications
  • How we make our decisions

Paul Philip, SRA Chief Executive, said: "We do not at this stage know exactly how many firms may need authorisation from us as part of their bid, so it makes sense for them to get in touch sooner rather than later. We are aware that the Ministry of Justice has contacted those firms in the bidding process to highlight the need to get in touch with us."

Information on firm-based authorisation is available here:

Go to the firm-based authorisation page

Print page to PDF