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:
- changes made by the Children and Families Act 2014
- revisions to the Family Procedure Rules 2010
- practice directions
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
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.
Pre-proceedings letter of instruction
This template is for local authorities’ use.
Letter of instruction
An instruction template for practitioners. This template has optional text for a range of circumstances.
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.