Lord Carter has published his independent review into legal aid procurement, which the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) commissioned in July 2005 as part of A Fairer Deal for Legal Aid.

The Review sets out a programme of reforms to achieve a market based system which will change the way the Government buys legal advice on behalf of the public.

Lord Falconer, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and the Legal Services Commission (LSC) have responded to the Carter Report with a formal joint consultation paper, Legal Aid: a sustainable future, which reflects Lord Carter's recommendations.

The LSC and the DCA are seeking views from all stakeholders between now and Thursday 12 October 2006, when the consultation closes.

Please send responses by email, post or fax at the earliest opportunity to:

Emma McGovern
Contract Design Team
Legal Services Commission
Head Office
85 Gray's Inn Road
London WC1X 8TX
DX 450 Lon/Chancery Lane
Fax: 020 7759 0534
email: contract.design@legalservices.gov.uk

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