Statutory NI legal aid scheme will not ensure quality

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) supports Department of Justice plans to introduce a registration scheme for providers of legal aid in Northern Ireland, to ensure firms offering legal aid deliver a quality service to clients.

The scheme as proposed will not, however, ensure quality. Under the proposed scheme, all that is required is for firms to prove that they meet certain administrative requirements.  There is no requirement to demonstrate competency in the area in which the firm would like to provide publicly funded services.  APIL believes that competency must be a prerequisite to offering legal aid services, and suggests those wishing to provide legal aid in personal injury cases should be accredited to at least APIL senior litigator status, or similar.

McCartan Turkington Breen would support the proposal of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers that those who wish to provide legal aid in personal injury cases should have such an accreditation or its equivalent.

Tanya Waterworth of McCartan Turkington Breen is an APIL Accredited Senior Litigator.  Senior Litigators must satisfy the criteria of competency and experience in their field and are required to undertake at least 16 hours of APIL accredited Continuous Professional Development training per year in personal injury law. Tanya also has considerable experience in running cases funded by legal aid.

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