Crime Contracts – Tender Results and New Advocates Panel Consultation

Criminal Firms are this week awaiting the outcome of the tender which was promised on wednesday but has still not been delivered . It should be announced either today or tomorrow . Firms in South Yorkshire are fighting over just 7 contracts .

It seems however that the Governments intention to contract the market even further is now made more clear with the consultation issued today on the Jeffries Report proposing a Defence Advocates Panel with numbers limited for level 2 and 3 advocates .

Clearly it will be vital for any criminal firm who hopes to survive to respond to this next challenge .

The link is here https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/enhancing-the-quality-of-criminal-advocacy/supporting_documents/consultationpaper.pdf