The process of allocating a grant of legal aid for the provision of legal services to a legal practitioner who is not employed by Legal Aid NSW or to a private law firm, or another organisation external to Legal Aid NSW (such as a Community Legal Centre). The grant of legal aid is “assigned” to the private legal practitioner, law firm or other organisation. Legal Aid NSW has power to assign legal work is under s12 of the Legal Aid Commission Act 1979 (NSW).