Family Law Accreditations and Professional Memberships
Children and Family Law specialists in Liverpool
The Solicitors in our Divorce and Family Law department hold accreditations from the Law Society, recognising their expertise in dealing with legal matters affecting children and families. In addition, all of our legally-qualified Divorce and Family Lawyers are members of Resolution.
We hold Children Law accreditation
The Law Society's Children Law accreditation scheme covers all types of children law work.
Members will have shown, to the satisfaction of the Law Society, that they have and will maintain a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice in the area of children law, be that in private practice or working for a local authority.
Our solicitors Darren Matthews and Ruth Allanson are members of the Law Society's Children Law accreditation scheme.
We hold Family Law Advanced accreditation
The Law Society's Family Law Advanced accreditation scheme covers specialist areas of family law work.
Members will have shown, to the satisfaction of the Law Society, that they have and will maintain a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice in selected, specialist areas of family law. Members will have demonstrated those skills in two or more areas, comprising:
- Children law private
- Child abduction and wardship
- Violence in the home
- Advice in and conduct of ancillary relief
- International issues
- Complex asset cases
Our solicitor Rebecca Finnigan is a member of the Law Society's Family Law Advanced accreditation scheme.
We are members of Resolution
All of our legally-qualified Divorce and Family Lawyers are members of Resolution. This means they have agreed to conduct themselves and represent clients in a particular way in accordance with Resolution's code of practice, so you can rest assured your case will be handled in as non-confrontational a manner as is possible.
The Resolution Code of practice
Membership of Resolution commits family lawyers to resolving disputes in a non-confrontational way. We believe that family law disputes should be dealt with in a constructive way designed to preserve people’s dignity and to encourage agreements.
As members of Resolution, we are required to:
- Conduct matters in a constructive and non-confrontational way
- Avoid use of inflammatory language both written and spoken
- Retain professional objectivity and respect for everyone involved
- Take into account the long term consequences of actions and communications as well as the short term implications
- Encourage clients to put the best interests of the children first
- Emphasise to clients the importance of being open and honest in all dealings
- Make clients aware of the benefits of behaving in a civilised way
- Keep financial and children issues separate
- Ensure that consideration is given to balancing the benefits of any steps against the likely costs – financial or emotional
- Inform clients of the options e.g. counselling, family therapy, round table negotiations, mediation, collaborative law and court proceedings
- Abide by the Resolution Guides to Good Practice
This Code should be read in conjunction with the Law Society’s Family Law Protocol. All solicitors are subject to the Solicitors Practice Rules.
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