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Taking on the elephant

13 September 2010

Like a platoon of Roman soldiers taking on one of Hannibal’s elephants, 30 firms have launched a last ditch attack on the Legal Services Commission. So far their spikes have failed to pierce the commission’s thick skin and the Petty France pachyderm inexorably marches on through the debris of the legal aid community.

One of the first judicial reviews to be launched over the way in which the LSC organised its latest bid round ended up in failure on Friday. The applicant, a general practice on the eastern edge of the City, only found out about the latest bid round after the deadline for entry was passed and was not allowed to bid. The court ruled that the LSC’s decision not to let it bid was not a breach of EU procurement rules.

It doesn’t bode well for another review launched last month and due to be heard this week. Leeds firm Davies Gore Lomax appealed against the LSC’s decision not to award them contracts in family and social welfare and were told to expect...

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