Guidance

Appointment of Official Solicitor in family proceedings: practice note

Guidance for solicitors about appointing the Official Solicitor as litigation friend for someone lacking the capacity to conduct family proceedings.

Detail

This practice note for solicitors contains information about:

  • appointing the Official Solicitor as litigation friend of a child in family proceedings or a protected party

  • requests from the court for the Official Solicitor to conduct Harbin v Masterman enquiries

  • requests from the court for the Official Solicitor to act as, or appoint counsel to act as, an advocate to the court