On 27 February the Court of Appeal gave permission to appeal against the High Court's ruling of 18 February that the dual contract tender process was lawful. Sadly, on the 25th March 2015 the Court of Appeal dismissed our claim and gave the go-ahead to the government's catastrophic legal aid "reforms".
100s of £1000s was spent on the JR much thanks to the generosity of members and supporters. However there is a huge shortfall. The treasury solicitor has presented us with a bill of £46,000; as it presently stands the CLSA and LCCSA each needs to pay a sum of £23,000 each for taking this fight. If 46 firms were to contribute £500 each we would be able to meet this payment immediately and allow the association to focus on representing its members on a range of criminal justice matters .
Additional donations are required to continue the fight!
The action was taken in the name of the LCCSA and CLSA and the officers of both organisations therefore became personally liable for costs. We are therefore asking Firms and individual members to donate to a fighting fund. Please also ask for contributions from any contacts you have with criminal firms.
If you prefer, you can pay by transfer (our bank details are NatWest, Sort Code 60-50-01, Acct 01172298 - please quote the reference "Judicial Review"), or you can send cheques to our administrator: Sara Boxer, 29 Church Vale, London, N2 9PB.