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Understanding the level and nature of legal aid provision

There are a number of current and planned projects that aim to build evidence on the supply of solicitors providing legal aid advice and representation and on the factors that may be influencing it.

Supply of civil legal aid and advice and assistance

We have used our data on applications for civil legal aid and grants of civil advice and assistance (including assistance by way of representation – ABWOR) to develop our understanding of how solicitors provide civil legal assistance and to identify areas that may pose concerns about access to justice.

Our analysis compared applicant addresses with outlet location (firms or firm branches making at least one application or grant in any given year) and breaking down the data to different areas of law, allowing comparison between areas and over time.

The latest data analysed is for the financial year 2011-2012.  We have also produced a response to the findings

More information from and about the project is available from John Osborne

Recruitment and retention

Recruitment and retention of lawyers - full findings report

Completed research:

Previous research for 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 is available in the research archive.


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20, Jul, 2017

Payments to the profession - 25 & 28 August

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23, Jun, 2017

Legal Aid Applicant Sentenced for Fraud

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22, Jun, 2017

First advice agencies accredited under new Scottish National Standards process

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22, Feb, 2017

Serious concerns raised over methodology, analysis and underlying data in Law Society’s financial health report

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30, Nov, 2016

SLAB annual report 2015-2016 published

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