The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has cancelled its legal aid contract with Public Interest Lawyers (PIL). The LAA considers that PIL has breached contractual requirements and reached this opinion "after a thorough review of information provided by PIL, following the investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) into the firm." See the LAA's announcement.
The Telegraph 3rd August 2016 - Top lawyer facing criminal inquiry where it is said that the Legal Aid Agency is to pass a dossier to the National Crime Agency. The article also states that a National Crime Agency spokesman said: “We do not confirm or deny the existence of investigations or the receipt of specific intelligence. Where we receive intelligence we look at it and assess whether it is appropriate for us to take action or refer on to other agencies.”
In April, the SRA issued this Statement which merely comments: "We have now decided to refer a second law firm to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal."
Update 15th August:
Public Interest Lawyers is to close - Law Society Gazette 15th August.