Each person applying for a grant of legal assistance agrees to the following standard terms of assistance when they sign their application form.
The assisted person must immediately tell VLA about:
The assisted person authorises any lawyer acting for them, now or in the past, to give VLA any information which VLA needs to carry out its functions under the Legal Aid Act 1978.
If the assisted person’s lawyer receives any money on their behalf during the period of the grant of legal assistance, then the lawyer must:
VLA will advise the lawyer about how much, if anything, to hold back.
The assisted person must pay to VLA:
VLA may stop or change the grant of legal assistance if the assisted person breaks any of these terms or if the assisted person does not follow the advice of their lawyer.
VLA may require the assisted person to pay interest on any overdue payments in accordance with any VLA policy at the time.
Sometimes, as well as imposing the standard terms of assistance, VLA may make a grant of legal assistance to a person only on condition that the assisted person agree to one or more of the following:
The total amount of any contribution payable by the person may not be known until the legal proceedings have finished. The contribution will not exceed the total amount of costs at the end of a case.
If VLA makes a grant of legal assistance on condition that the assisted person pay an initial contribution towards their legal costs, then VLA must tell the person about the contribution:
The assisted person may then choose to either:
If VLA makes a grant of legal assistance to a person for a public interest case or test case then VLA may decide not to require payment by the person of any financial contribution which VLA may have assessed under the means test.
However, VLA will not waive this requirement if: