If there are proceedings in the Court of Protection, the court will always consider how to facilitate the participation of the person who is deemed to lack capacity. The court will do this by appointing either a Litigation Friend or an ALR. The Litigation Friend can be a family member or the Official Solicitor, who usually then instruct a solicitor to conduct the proceedings. An ALR is a solicitor who is accredited under the Law Society ‘Mental Capacity (Health & Welfare) Accreditation’ and is able represent the individual who lacks capacity directly.