2010 Standard Civil Contract

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Current 2010 Contracts Tender Processes

For the latest information on the current tender processes for 2010 Standard Civil Contracts, including deadlines and how to apply, please see our Tendering pages.

Latest Updates

26 March 2010 - The Family Specification has been updated to take into account a consultation by the Ministry of Justice on changes to the Funding Order to give effect to the family fee schemes.  The changes are minor amendments to the descriptions of services excluded from the Private Law scheme and the Family Advocacy Scheme (see paragraphs 7.69 and 7.102).  The version of the contract documentation attached to this webpage are the version referred to in the amended Funding Order.  The guide to the specification has also been updated to take this into account.

16 February 2010 -  To take account on some minor drafting changes, we replaced the Schedule.  The key changes are that we have:
Removed the Panel Membership ratio field on Table 4
Added a footnote to Table 1 to clarify the locations where Licensed work may be carried out
Corrected an error in the name of a panel in Table 5

10 February 2010 - To take account of some minor drafting changes, we replaced the Standard Terms and Contract For Signature.  The key changes are that we have:    

Contract For Signature
Revised the Contract Start Date to 14 October 2010;
Removed the reference to sub-contracting as this is not applicable; and
Amended the Consortium table in the Annex.    

Standard Terms
Clarified the rule for submitting information in the event LSC Online is unavailable (Clause 7.19);
Confirmed that both the CFS and Schedule may be in electronic format (Clause 12.1);
Clarified the rules on termination in relation to consortium arrangements (Clause 25.4); and
Corrected our Fax number (Clause 28.11).

About the 2010 Standard Civil Contract

All our civil legal aid providers must sign a contract with us.

The current Unified Contract (Civil) will be extended to 13 October 2010. The new 2010 Standard Civil Contract will come into force on 14 October 2010. Providers will need to apply for and be awarded the new contract in order to carry out any new civil controlled and licensed work from 1 October 2010.

This page contains information on the terms of the 2010 Standard Civil Contract.  For information on our approach to letting 2010 contracts, and supporting documentation including the Q&A and procurement plans, please see our Tenders pages.

Contract documents

All documents are in the Documents panel on the right. There are also guides to the contract which outline the main terms of the 2010 Standard Terms and Specification.

Please note that on 30 November 2009 we made a minor revision to the standard terms at 14.18 to confirm that the power to recoup audit costs does not apply to audits in the ordinary CCA process.

Consultation on the terms of the 2010 Standard Civil Contract has finished. The most recent consultation covered the Family Specification, which has now been finalised. The Immigration and Mental Health specifications also contain new rights to claim interim payments of disbursements.

Whilst the terms of the contract are in most respects now final, the contract specification attached to this page is still draft as there may be some minor changes between now (December 2009) and the time contracts are signed, for example to reflect changes in the law. However the contract documentation will not change materially once tenders formally open.

We keep providers updated about information affecting the contract via the CLS news page.

Standard Terms

The Standard Terms govern the underlying relationship between the LSC and Providers.  The purpose of these Standard Terms 2010 is to have a generic set of terms, which apply to the Legal Services Commission’s three main face-to-face contracts :

These 2010 Standard Terms are based on those already used in the current crime and civil Unified Contracts, updated and revised as appropriate. There has also been some restructuring of the contract documents to reinforce the Standard Terms’ role as the home for all the key terms governing the relationship between the providers and the LSC.  The attached Guide to the Standard Terms gives an overview of the key provisions and sets out in table form the basis of each Clause.


The Specification sets out all the rules for carrying out and being paid for civil Controlled and Licensed Work.  Much of the contents of the Specification reflect recent policy announcements. In particular:

A guide to the Specification is under documents. The Specification itself is divided into provisions of general application (sections 1 to 6) and category specific rules and payment schemes for Family, Immigration, Mental Health and all other categories (sections 7 to 10). There is also a Payment Annex which sets out all Standard and Graduated Fees and hourly rates payable under the Specification.


The Schedule is an important contract document which sets out provisions specific to an individual provider, including Matter Start allocations for Controlled Work. Although the contents of Schedules will vary between providers, a sample Schedule is under documents for illustration.    

Family Mediation Specification

The provision of Family Mediation is covered by a separate Specification, although this will still form part of the 2010 Standard Civil Contract. The 2010 Family Mediation Specification can be found under Documents.

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Last updated: 25 March 2010

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