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Law Society publishes new practice note on attendance at local authority Children Act meetings

Practice Note updates 1997 guidance

The Law Society has published a new practice note providing advice to solicitors representing children, parents or other parties involved in child care proceedings, and who attend local authority meetings to progress the care planning of children's cases.

The practice note has been prepared by the Law Society's Children Law Sub Committee in consultation with the Solicitor's Regulation Authority. It represents an updated version of guidance originally issued in April 1994 and updated in June 1997 which dealt only with the role of solicitors employed by the local authority called upon to attend Child Protection Conferences.

The practice note remains relevant to solicitors representing children, parents or other parties involved in child care proceedings but has been broadened to include advice to all solicitors called upon to attend local authority meetings to progress the care planning of children's cases.

The practice note focuses on the role and duties of solicitors in attendance at local authority Children Act meetings as this is considered appropriate bearing in mind the Law Society's role as the professional organisation representing solicitors.

The practice note can be read here.