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
An invaluable tool for family lawyers
The Guides to Good Practice build on the Code 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.
Every member receives a copy of the Guides in full when they join and updates are published online when required. Download pdfs of the guides below:
- Dealing with Clients (last updated 2012)
- Correspondence (last updated 2012)
- Service of Documents (last updated 2012)
- Discussing Dispute Resolution Options (last updated 2012)
- Mediation (last updated 2012)
- Dealing with Litigants in Person (last updated 2012)
- Collaborative Law (last updated 2012)
- Client Care Letters (last updated 2012)
- The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (last updated 2012 with note added September 2013)
- Dealing with Financial Dispute Resolution Appointments (last updated 2012)
- Working with the Bar in Family Cases (last updated 2012)
- Instructing Experts in Applications for a Financial Order (last updated 2012)
- Instructing Experts in Proceedings Involving Children (last updated 2012)
- Disclosure in Financial Order Applications (last updated 2012)
- Referrals to Contact Centres (last updated 2012)
- Preparing Pre- and Post-Marital Agreements (last updated 2012)
You can also download the entire set of Guides to Good Practice in one single pdf (last updated 2012, with a note added September 2013)