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.
Members of Resolution 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
Download a pdf of the Code of Practice
The Code should be read in conjunction with the Law Society’s Family Law Protocol.
All solicitors are subject to the Solicitor Regulation Authority's (SRA) code of conduct.
Guides to Good Practice
The Guides to Good Practice build on the Code of Practice by developing the ethos behind it into areas of practice. They are intended to help demonstrate the way in which the Code should be applied in day-to-day situations. Our Guides to Good Practice are all available in pdf format to download.
General Guides to Good Practice
- Correspondence (updated 2016)
- Domestic Abuse Cases (published 2015)
- Female genital mutilation (published 2016)
- International Issues (updated 2014)
- Service of Documents (updated 2014)
- Social Media (published 2015)
- Working with the Bar in Family Cases (updated 2014)
- Working with Clients (updated 2015)
- Working with Litigants in Person (updated 2016)
- Working with Vulnerable Clients (published 2015)
Process options and dispute resolution Guides to Good Practice