Which membership?

Resolution has three membership categories: member, associate and student - find out which one is right for you.


The following practitioners can join Resolution in the Member category:

  • A solicitor holding a practising certificate and practising family law in England and Wales.
  • A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) who is in the practice of family law in England and Wales.
  • ILEX Level 3 or Paralegal who meets qualifying criteria.

Membership costs just £209 per year.

Associate membership

There are two categories of Associate membership available:

Associate band A

  • Lawyer from another jurisdiction
  • Solicitor with a practising certificate not currently practising family law
  • Solicitor without practising certificate
  • Barrister
  • Judge
  • Law lecturer
  • Mediator (Resolution trained/converted)
  • Mediator * (other than Resolution trained)
  • Expert witness *
  • Family therapist or counsellor *
  • Financial adviser *
  • Guardian ad litem *

Indicates the applicant must belong to a relevant professional association or regulatory body.

Associate band A membership costs just £163 per year.

Associate band B

  • Trainee solicitor or trainee CILEx legal executive
  • Full members on parental leave/career break/long term sick Leave
  • Retired solicitor/ judge/ law lecturer
  • Law student (nb. students on the LPC family law elective may join Resolution free, see below)

Associate band B membership costs just £35 per year

Student membership

Student members get their first year of membership free, with part-time students eligible for their first two years free. You can apply for student membership if:

  • You are studying law or any subject related to family justice


  • Working towards a relevant qualification


  • Working in family justice prior to undertaking further training (and don't fall into any of the other categories, e.g. trainee, paralegal, etc) 

Dispute Resolution

Some Dispute Resolution (DR) practitioners may also pay an annual DR sub of £86. The DR sub may apply to both full and affiliate members and provides access to a host of DR resources and specialist support, policy and campaigns work. The sub also covers our regulatory responsibilities to some DR practitioners. This applies only to DR practitioners who train with, or convert their training to, Resolution and is unlikely to apply in your first year of membership.

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