This page is a collection of helpful resources for civil practitioners interested in the new Legal Aid Agency (LAA) CCMS online billing scheme. GCN was involved in the original CCMS pilot (in 2014) and so our team of clerks, and especially our fees clerk Alison Lillico, have already been working with this system for a period of time.

It is well documented that practitioners are encountering numerous problems using CCMS and that the LAA is aware of this. At present (Jan 2015) the system is not mandatory but we are aware that a number of firms are now using CCMS. At the LAPG Conference in November 2014, "representatives of the LAA conceded that the CCMS system posed many issues and was complicated to use".  In June 2015, the LAA announced that the mandatory implementation of CCMS would be delayed by 4 months to 1st February 2016.  In December 2015, the LAA announced a temporarily waive the Mandatory Electronic Working requirement for a further period until 1 April 2016 [except for Special Children Act 1989 Cases commence Mandatory Electronic Working Requirements from 1st February 2016].

Our fees clerk, Alison Lillico, has produced the Guidance note below for our our solicitors:

CCMS Guidance for Solicitors from AL-UPDATED Nov 15

CCMS Guidance for Solicitors from AL-UPDATED Nov 15.pdf 
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Resources:

December 2015 - LAA announcement that CCMS mandatory implementation to be delayed to 1 April 2016 [except for Special Children Act 1989 cases]

December 2015 - LAPG survey on latest CCMS position  (circulated by LAG on Twitter)

August 2015 - Legal Aid Lawyers are encouraged to post examples of CCMS issues on Twitter using the #CCMSfail hashtag

12th June 2015 - LAA announcement that CCMS mandatory implementation to be delayed by 4 months to 1st February 2016.

7th may 2015 - Legal Aid Agency 'in denial' over online billing system - Law Society Gazette

17th April 2015 - Digital Legal Aid System "will not be fit for purpose" - Law Society Gazette

March 2015 - Biting the CCMS Bullet - Legal Action

26th january 2015 - CCMS update from MoJ - LAA issues contract notice mandating use of CCMS with 8-month lead in time   

26th January 2015 - Link to CCMS desk aid on CCMS training available from the LAA (pdf)

16th January 2015 - latest CCMS update from MoJ

Nov 2014 - an attempt to amend a Legal aid certificate on CCMS takes all day - extract from Legal Action November 2014

10th November 2014 - http://legalaidhandbook.com/2014/11/10/ccms-dont-give-up-report/

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