February trial date set for legal aid dispute between Bhatia Best and The Lord Chancellor.

February trial date set for legal aid dispute between Bhatia Best and The Lord Chancellor.

Bhatia Best commenced High Court proceedings against The Lord Chancellor in September 2013 to challenge the scope of legal aid under its Public Law contract.

Since April 2013, The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) on behalf of The Lord Chancellor have refused to grant legal aid for appeals to the county court in homelessness cases under Section 204 of the Housing Act 1988 under the Public Law contract. The court applies judicial review principles in deciding these cases, but the LAA say only housing lawyers should conduct these cases.

 The High Court has now listed the case for trial on 24th February 2014.