Resolution founder honoured at Family Law Awards 2012

News Release

11 Oct 2012

Resolution’s founder, John Cornwell, was honoured last night at the prestigious Family Law Awards 2012, held at the London Hilton Hotel in Mayfair.

Mr Cornwell received this year’s Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Family Law Award, presented to him by last year’s winner and the host of the ceremony, District Judge Nicholas Crichton CBE.

On receiving the award, Cornwell, who founded the Solicitors Family Law Association (now Resolution) in 1982, called upon the profession to continue to work hard to campaign for no-fault divorce and cohabitation, and to ensure that there is a network of properly supported contact centres across the country.

Alongside John Cornwell,twenty one Resolution members were shortlisted across eight categories, with five members picking up awards on the night.

Liz Edwards, Chair of Resolution and a judge on this year’s Awards panel congratulated all the winners, and John Cornwell in particular, commenting:

“The number of nominees and award winners from last night who are members of Resolution, and who share our values, is testament to John’s vision nearly thirty years ago, and demonstrates the role he has played in changing the face of family law.

“At a time when family law is getting a kicking from government, it is important that the profession comes together and recognises the hard work going on to improve the lives of families across the country.”

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Resolution member finalists (names in bold denotes winner)

FAMILY LAW PARTNER OF THE YEAR:

Charlotte Collier, Atkins Hope

Antonia Love, Farleys

Tony McGovern, Creightons & Partners

Bradley Williams, Family Law in Partnership

FAMILY LAW ASSOCIATE SOLICITOR OF THE YEAR:

Sital Amin, Irwin Mitchell

Linzi Bull, Harbottle & Lewis

Rebecca Carlyon, Manches

Karan Chadha, Freemans

FAMILY LAW YOUNG SOLICITOR OF THE YEAR:

Melanie Barnes, Penningtons

Catrin Readshaw, Manches

Amy Rowe, Bindmans

Maria Wright, Freemans

FAMILY LAW YOUNG BARRISTER OF THE YEAR

Amber Sheridan, 29 Bedford Row

INTERNATIONAL FAMILY LAWYER OF THE YEAR

Anne-Marie Hutchinson, Dawson Cornwell

William Longrigg, Charles Russell

James Stewart, Manches

MOST INNOVATIVE FAMILY LAWYER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Aina Khan, Russell, Jones & Walker, part of Slater & Gordon Lawyers

Sir Peter Singer, Gavin Smith & Rhys Taylor, Family Arbitrator.com

FAMILY LAW ADR PRACTITIONER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Joanne Edwards, Manches

Suzanne Kingston, Withers

FAMILY LAW READERS' COMMENTARY AWARD

Neil Robinson, The Mediation Centre

Family Law Awards 2012

The Family Law Awards were launched by Jordan Publishing to recognise the important work of family lawyers, and celebrate their many successes and outstanding achievements. They are means for Family Law and its readers to acknowledge the hard work and commitment throughout the year amongst the nominees and the profession as a whole.

The judging panel includes the heads of the leading family law practitioners' associations, journal editors and important legal figures. So that the whole community has an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of their peers, four of the awards are voted by the public.