Templates for instructing experts in family and children court proceedings

The templates for instructing experts in family and children court proceedings were originally published at the beginning of 2013 and have been revised and updated to include:

As well as helping the parties, the templates will assist experts by:

  • reducing the length of letters of instruction
  • keeping the detail specific to the instruction
  • aking sure there’s more consistency in material which is common to most instructions


Pro forma for preliminary enquiries

This document contains three pro forma templates that deal with:

  • making preliminary enquiries of an expert you’re considering instructing
  • an expert’s response to preliminary enquiries

Download the pro forma for preliminary enquiries template (Word 266 KB)

Guide and sample questions for experts

A short guide on the types of expert, and the kinds of questions it may be helpful to ask to help the court reach a decision. It also provides sample questions for each example.

Download the guidance document template (Word 238 KB)

Pre-proceedings letter of instruction

This template is for local authorities’ use.

Download the pre-proceedings letter of instruction template (Word 236 KB)

Letter of instruction

An instruction template for practitioners. This template has optional text for a range of circumstances.

Download the letter of instruction template (Word 321 KB)

Standard terms and conditions to accompany a letter of instruction

The standard terms and conditions for the lead solicitor and other parties to the instruction to use.

Download the terms and conditions (PDF 201 KB)

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