The ACL Legal Aid Group Chairman has advised that this matter is on the agenda for the next LAA Civil Contract Consultative Group Meeting:-

The LAA have identified some issues where Local Courts have agreed payments in instances where, on examination of the file itself, individual items within the Claim cannot be justified.  They believe the amounts involved could amount to over £5M nationally!

For these reasons the LAA will be sampling a larger number of Court Assessed Bills over the next year, and have stated where individual examples are not substantiated by the file, the LAA will be seeking an explanation from the provider and, if the response is not able to justify the claim, the amount will be recouped.

Therefore to maximise your costs and, keep hold of them please ensure files notes are detailed to justify the time claimed.