litigation friend


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litigation friend

n
(Law) law a person acting on behalf of an infant or other person under legal disability. Former name: next friend
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It means the mother and daughter's unique legal action includes the girl's guardian who is acting as an ocial litigation friend.
The other applicants are Stuart Bracking, Paris L'amour, Anne Pridmore and John Aspinall, who brought his case with his mother, Evonne Taylforth, acting as his litigation friend.
For example, Mills & Reeve acted for the PCT in Rachel Gunter (by her litigation friend and father Edwin Gunter) v South Western Staffordshire Primary Care Trust, which is the example given in 'Personal health budgets: first steps', the Government report published in 2009.