Legal Aid

Clarification on ?employed? duty solicitors

PUBLISHED September 27, 2012

27 September 2012

Your duty solicitors must be employed by you as a contracted provider.  They cannot have a 'contract for services'.

What do we mean by 'employed'

Employed is clarified in guidance and means a contract of employment for at least two full days a week. 

This includes partners and sole principals and excludes consultancy agreements.

More information

We specify what is employed on page 1 of the following guidance:

Section 6 of the 2010 Standard Crime Contract also makes various references to duty solicitors having to be 'employed' by the organisation.