Public Law Family Fees

The response of the Association of Lawyers for Children to the Public Law Family Fees consultation paper.

We note what is said in the paper about the policy of full cost recovery, and that this is to treated as a ‘given’ for the purpose of this consultation. We have responded to the questions on that basis but, like a number of other consultees, we are concerned that this issue has not been the subject of earlier consultation or debate.

The ALC is opposed to the principle of full-cost recovery in public law cases. The effects of implementing these proposals are more complex, and more directly relevant to the welfare of children, than has been acknowledged. Those effects need to be thought through in more detail; it is not simply an accounting exercise between agencies.

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