Enhancement to CCMS

A bill can now be submitted indicating that:

  • the 24-hour fee scheme escape rule applies and
  • one bill can be submitted where work is completed in multiple courts in family cases.

1.       24-hour fee scheme escape rule

If you have acted for a client for less than 24 hours, from the point of instruction, you can escape the fixed fee. 

Legal aid providers

When you create a bill under the Private Family Law Representation Scheme (PFLRS) or Care Proceedings Graduated Fee Scheme (CPGFS) the following question is now asked:

Do you wish to escape the standard fixed fee for any reason other than the amount of your actual profit costs exceeding the fixed fee threshold or your client being a child (e.g.  the acting solicitor has been instructed by the client for less than 24 hours overall, and their involvement in the case has concluded)’. 

If you answer ‘yes’, you should change the fee scheme details on CCMS: 

  • from PFLRS to PRESCRIBED 
  • from CPGFS to CARE.

Legal aid advocates

If FAS is the primary fee scheme, the following question is now asked:

Has the ACTING SOLICITOR been instructed by the client for less than 24 hours overall, and their involvement in the case has concluded’. 

If you answer, ‘yes’, you should change the fee scheme details on CCMS to the relevant hourly rate scheme.

2.       Family hourly rates

Work can be done in multiple courts and a different rate claimed per court. Details of court type are now requested on each bill line for the fee schemes PRESCRIBED and CARE. 

This brings data entry on family cases, where hourly rates apply, in line with data entry for non-family cases. Importantly, we have removed the need for providers and advocates to produce interim bills for each court.

The above two questions are also asked when submitting some payments on account.

Questions?

Please email CCMS.team@legalaid.gsi.gov.uk.