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Solicitors facing a bidding war for £2bn legal aid work

PUBLISHED January 28, 2005

Solicitors will be forced to bid against each other in a price war for the right to do legal aid work, under plans outlined yesterday.

The plans from the Legal Services Commission, which runs the £2 billion-a-year legal aid scheme, could lead to hundreds of law firms having to close if their bid fails. The commission plans to pilot a scheme in London - to be introduced nationally if successful - in which some legal aid work would be allocated through a "bidding war" to the most cost-effective bids.