Best value tendering for civil legal aid contracts could start next year, it has emerged.

Derek Hill, Legal Services Commission policy director, told a press conference that the areas which would pilot civil BVT were currently being chosen and their names would be revealed in September.

He said that if the LSC decided to go ahead, the pilot could start in the first half of next year.

“It’s something we would like to do, but we have no definite plans,” Hill said.

It is understood that the move would require ministerial approval.

BVT for criminal legal aid contracts has met with hostility from all sides of the profession (see Solicitors Journal 30 June 2009).

Roger Smith, director of JUSTICE, said BVT w...

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