R (on the application of Law Centres Federation Ltd trading as Law Centres Network) v Lord Chancellor

Legal aid – Civil legal aid. In deciding to reduce the number of housing possession court duty (HPCD) scheme areas, to introduce price-competitive tendering for the HPCD scheme contracts and to initiate the procurement process by publishing the relevant tender documents, the defendant Lord Chancellor had failed to discharge his Tameside duty of inquiry and the decisions had been fatally flawed. The Administrative Court, in quashing those decisions, further held that the Lord Chancellor had failed to comply with the public sector equality duty in s 149 of the Equality Act 2010.

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