Legal Services Commission judicial review results in award of contract

Tuesday 21 September 2010

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Marc Willers was recently instructed by Community Law Partnership (CLP) to represent the firm in judicial review proceedings brought against the Legal Services Commission (LSC) following the rejection of its bid for a Social Welfare Law contract.

CLP, a Birmingham law practice, were refused a contract because of a failure to fulfil one criterion in the tender process - the tribunals criterion. The Law Society Gazette reported that at the initial hearing before Collins J, the Judge stated "I am bound to say this is a dreadful decision and on the face of it the approach [taken by the LSC] is totally irrational."

The hearing was adjourned and on 6 September the LSC indicated that it was able to offer CLP a contract. As a consequence the judicial review claim was settled.

Marc Willers is a member of the Garden Court Civil Law Team and has a broad practice in all aspects of social welfare law.

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