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Declarations re familiarisation and compliance with the contents of the Board’s Administrative Procedures Handbook

Problems have been experienced in law centres on occasion on account of a lack of familiarity with, or failure to follow guidelines and procedures that have been laid down by the Board. All law centre staff should familiarise themselves with the contents, in particular, of the Administrative Procedures Handbook. Solicitors are required to declare that they are broadly familiar with the contents of the Handbook. Adherence to procedures should be a regular agenda item at staff meetings.

Professional Risk Declaration by solicitor following review of files

I declare that I have reviewed all of my files for the four month period ending ___________ and that the case status on EOS is up to date.

I further declare that, at the date of this declaration and following a review of all case files, I am not aware of any circumstances that may give rise to a claim in respect of breach of professional duty against myself or against the Legal Aid Board.

I further declare that I am familiar with the contents of the Board’s Administrative Procedures Handbook.

NAME (BLOCK CAPITALS):

LAW CENTRE:

SIGNED:                                                                                  DATE:

Professional Risk Declaration by managing solicitor following review of files

I declare that I have reviewed all of my files for the four month period ending ___________ and that the case status on EOS is up to date.

I further declare that, at the date of this declaration and following a review of all case files, I am not aware of any circumstances that may give rise to a claim in respect of breach of professional duty against myself  or against the Legal Aid Board.

I further declare that I am  familiar with the contents of the Board’s Administrative Procedures Handbook and that I regularly discuss the contents of the Handbook with staff.

I further declare that the risk register which I have attached is up to date and that I monitor it regularly.

NAME (BLOCK CAPITALS):

LAW CENTRE:

SIGNED:                                                                                                DATE: