Legal Aid Scheme

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 14th September 2017.

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Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many legal aid providers there were in each region of England and Wales in each of the last six years.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

LAA Office Regional Location

Mar-12

Mar-13

Mar-14

Mar-15

Mar-16

Mar-17

Birmingham

275

280

254

250

246

235

Brighton

171

165

145

150

141

133

Bristol

250

243

201

204

194

179

Cambridge

240

225

198

209

191

184

Cardiff

228

224

193

190

169

163

Leeds

271

255

230

238

242

234

Liverpool

80

77

64

66

62

61

London

713

701

674

663

656

619

Manchester

315

294

261

260

246

230

Newcastle

143

137

125

130

121

116

Nottingham

151

143

123

130

132

121

Reading

154

148

126

132

126

118

Grand Total

2,991

2,892

2,594

2,622

2,526

2,393

Note that the above figures show the number of firms with a legal aid contract in each given year. A firm may have multiple offices which offer legal aid.

The LAA reviews provision on a regular basis to identify any areas where action is required to maintain service provision. A new tender process for all civil legal aid contracts is due to launch shortly, with services under these contracts beginning in autumn 2018.

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