*R (on the application of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association and others) v Lord Chancellor

Legal aid – Criminal cases. The claimants appealed against the Divisional Court's decision, dismissing their application for judicial review of the defendant Lord Chancellor's decision to introduce a tendering process for 527 contracts for solicitors to provide duty provider work (DPW). They contended that the Lord Chancellor had erred in failing to consider costs which would have to be incurred by providers in restructuring their affairs to put themselves in a position to bid for and implement the proposed contracts. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, for reasons which, in substance, reflected the judgment of the Divisional Court, dismissed the appeal.

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