Re AB; AB v LCC (A Local Authority) [2011] EWHC 3151 (COP)

There is no impediment to a RPR acting as a litigation friend to P in a s21A application provided that: (i) the RPR is not already a party to the proceedings; (ii) the RPR fulfils the COP rule 140 conditions (that he can fairly and competently conduct proceedings on behalf of P, and has no interests adverse to P's); (iii) the RPR can and is willing to act as litigation friend in P's best interests; and (iv) the procedure as set out in COP rule 143 is complied with. The judge set out the pros and cons of this course of action; in this case, he appointed the RPR to as P's litigation friend.


AB (by litigation friend Natalie Wood) v (1) LCC (a Local Authority), (2) The Care Manager of BCH

Hearing: 2/11/11

Judgment: 6/11/11

Before: Mostyn J

Mr John McKendrick (instructed by Maxwell Gillott) for the Applicant

Mr Leon Stringer (instructed by a Local Authority) for the 1st Respondent

The 2nd Respondent appeared in person


[2011] All ER (D) 37 (Dec)

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