UK Law Gazette Book Review: Talismanic legal aid text

The Legal Aid Handbook

Vicky Ling, Sue James, Carol Storer, Anthony Edwards


Legal Action Group, £60



This annual Handbook is deemed ‘essential reading’ by many legal aid practitioners.

Editors and contributors include eminent academics, and lawyers and caseworkers working in private practice, law centres or frontline NGOs. This edition contains 25 chapters spanning every aspect of both criminal and civil legal aid, from applying for contracts and making applications, to submitting fee claims. New to this edition are costs appeals in civil cases (chapter 18) and a chapter on public law. The book’s layout and use of indices, tables, select appendices, and case studies, promote ease of reference.

Available as a paperback or e-book, this handbook is supported by a companion website containing regular news, updates and resources; readers can register for email updates. The handbook Twitter page also automatically tweets all announcements from the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) website, helping to keep practitioners abreast of changes. Since the LAA no longer produces a hard copy manual, its website is a mandatory point of reference. The publication contains accessible guidance and exact website addresses – for example, application and claims forms – making these much quicker to locate.

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