In March 2013, the Official Solicitor published a Practice Note entitled: The Official Solicitor to the Senior Courts: Appointment in Family Proceedings and Proceedings under the Inherent Jurisdiction in Relation to Adults.
This Practice Note replaces the Practice Note of 2 April 2001 issued by the Official Solicitor and is intended to be helpful guidance, but remains subject to legislation (including Rules of Court), Practice Directions and case-law.
The Practice Note concerns:
the appointment of the Official Solicitor as 'litigation friend' of a 'protected party' or child in family proceedings or where the Family Division of the High Court is being invited to exercise its inherent jurisdiction in relation to a vulnerable adult;
requests by the court to the Official Solicitor to conduct Harbin v Masterman enquiries; and
requests by the court to the Official Solicitor to act as, or appoint counsel to act as, an advocate to the court.