Law Reform

Improving Value for Money for CDS in London

PUBLISHED January 19, 2006

The LSC believe that the current remuneration scheme does not do enough to secure value for money for the taxpayer and is too inflexible to reflect the local market conditions facing solicitors. Moving away from paying for inputs, such as time and letters, to a system of paying fixed amounts for outputs provides a positive incentive for service providers to deliver results for their clients in the most time and cost efficient way. In other sectors, competitive tendering is a well-established method of delivering quality public services. These proposals are part of a programme of reform focusing on these aims and developing new ways of working with those who provide legal services. In particular, our preferred suppliers pilot is exploring a new style of partnership that benefits service providers, the client and the taxpayer.