Our history

John Cornwell

In September 1982 a London based family lawyer, John Cornwell, gathered together a group of 30 family lawyers who were concerned at the aggressive and confrontational approach often taken in family law.

They believed that there was a better way of conducting family law cases and of serving their clients. They wanted to improve the practice of family law to prevent the legal process increasing acrimony between separating couples and to avoid family law being seen as simply another type of litigation.

These solicitors established the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA). An inaugural meeting was held in December 1982, and the Code of Practice was drawn up. Soon regional groups had sprung up across England and Wales.

In 2005 we changed our name to Resolution, a name which reflects our ethos and describes what separating families are looking for when they consult a family lawyer. Today we have a membership of over 5000 lawyers and other family justice professionals, and 40 regional groups.