Official Solicitor standard instructions: Adoption and Children Act 2002

Information and templates to help solicitors when instructed by the Official Solicitor.



Guidance for solicitors about what to do when the Official Solicitor acts as litigation friend of a protected party under the Adoption and Children Act 2002.

The document:

  • explains your role and the Official Solicitor’s approach
  • offers information about costs
  • details what you’re expected to do around hearings and court proceedings
  • outlines what to do if the protected party recovers capacity
  • contains a model attendance note, statement and report on assessing capacity to consent to adoption