In December 2017 the NCDV solicitors’ panel was closed because of regulatory advice however in December 2018 the LAA and NCDV reached an agreement in relation to the arrangements for legal aid firms to be on a NCDV panel.
The position of the Legal Aid Agency regarding this agreement can be found on their website at: LAA position
On the 5th February 2019 NCDV announced that the solicitors panel is open for applications and an application pack can be downloaded here: Application pack
This agreement allows for NCDV to recommence charging for its bundle work under certain conditions which can be found in the pack.
Mark Groves CEO said “It has been a long and difficult 12 months but finally we can continue from where we left off. The new arrangements with the LAA will create a relationship which is more open, transparent and most importantly have great communication links. Our new solicitors panel will expand our capabilities across England and enable us to help more people than we have done previously.”
The National Centre for Domestic Violence helped over 2000 victims that could not afford legal aid contributions or a solicitor during 2018 for free, Mr Groves said “We are here to help those victims that fall through the gap irrespective of their financial position and we do this without a penny of government funding or any donations, I am super proud of all the dedicated staff that work for us, without them we could not survive.”