Resolution’s Good Divorce Week sees launch of a new Code of Practice
After the breakdown of a relationship many people turn to a family solicitor for advice and support. In doing so, people need to feel confident that their solicitor is acting with professionalism and integrity. All solicitors should be registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and following a specific Code of Conduct when carrying out work for clients. The majority of family solicitors are also members of Resolution.
Resolution is the main organisation representing 6,500 family justice professionals who are all committed to supporting couples to reach constructive solutions to family disputes. Resolution members follow a Code of Practice which details best practice for solicitors involved in family disputes. Since Resolution began in the 1980s, the world of family law and disputes has changed dramatically. In order to reflect this, Resolution have recently updated their Code of Practice.
Nigel Shepherd, Chair of Resolution comments “Resolution’s founder, John Cornwell, had the vision to recognise that there had to be a better way, and from those initial meetings that he had with a number of like-minded family lawyers our organisation – and subsequently our Code of Practice – was born. Now the environment in which we all work is changing beyond recognition and our Code needed to be updated in order to reflect the way in which all our members support people. I’m proud of the way our members have come together to draft and launch this new Code, which for the first time now also explains to the public how the Code helps them.”
The new Code of Practice is being launched as part of Resolution’s Good Divorce Week, an annual awareness raising week to promote constructive resolutions to family issues. In addition to the launch of their new Code, Resolution is organising a major lobby of Parliament on Wednesday 30 November that will see 150 of its members meet with MPs in Westminster to discuss prevailing family issues in the 21st century.
For anyone experiencing family breakdown, the experienced family solicitors at Barker Gotelee can offer a free initial consultation to anyone who needs some help and support. We are also Resolution members and will follow their Code of Practice when dealing with each case.
Amanda Erskine is a solicitor in the Family department at Barker Gotelee Solicitors.