Lawyer scheme

Members applying for Specialist Accreditation are required to demonstrate thorough knowledge of substantive law, procedure and practice and also sufficient skill, proficiency and experience in specialist areas of family law. The assessment process is in place to ensure accredited members can confidently represent themselves as highly competent to the public, the legal profession, officers of CAFCASS and relevant public bodies such as the Legal Aid Agency and Local Authorities.

Who is it for?

The lawyer scheme is open to solicitor and legal executive Resolution members who hold a current Practising Certificate issued by The Law Society or by The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX). 

Specialist Accreditation is a badge of excellence in practice. Any candidate who wishes to achieve accreditation or reaccreditation should have undertaken a substantial level of work as a family law practitioner. You can find out more about the criteria in the prospectus.

Benefits of accreditation

Resolution Specialist Accreditation is a mark of excellence in practice, recognised by the public, fellow members, the judiciary and the Legal Aid Agency. It demonstrates to colleagues, your employer, future employers, and potential clients your outstanding level of skills and expertise.

Other benefits of Accreditation include:

  • Resolution Specialist Accreditation marks you out to potential clients as a trusted expert in your field.
  • Accredited Specialists are identified as such on Resolution's public-facing and member areas of the website enabling potential clients to search by specialism and location.
  • A certificate and Accredited Specialist logo which helps you market yourself and promote your expertise.
  • Gaining Specialist Accreditation is an ideal way to demonstrate your professional development, either through gaining CPD points or, in line with the new SRA approach to professional development, having a fully auditable method of demonstrating you have fulfilled your continuing competence requirements.
  • Access to our Accredited Specialist leaflets free of charge, and support with promotion and publicity.
  • Accreditation as a Resolution Specialist, or successful completion of the Core Assignment, meets the legal knowledge element of the Legal Aid Supervisor requirements (Standard Civil Contract 2013 Family specification para 7.161).
  • A guaranteed minimum 15% enhancement for all cases paid by way of hourly rates. That is, cases that escape the fixed fee and work outside the scope of the fixed fee schemes (Standard Civil Contract 2013 Family specification para 7.23). 

How does the accreditation scheme work?

The assessment programme consists of two parts:

You must pass both assignments to qualify as an Accredited Specialist. You can take the assignments in the same round or separately. If you take the assignments separately, you must take and pass the Core Assignment before progressing to the Portfolio Assignments.

How to apply

Details of how to apply can be found within the prospectus

Dates for the first round in 2019 are as follows:

Monday 11th March Deadline to return application form

Friday 15th March Portfolio papers sent out

Friday 10th May Core papers sent out

Saturday/Sunday 11th/12th May Set weekend

Monday 13th May Deadline to return all papers


Not a member? Please visit our membership section for more information.

To register your interest, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.