Resolution members gather in Gateshead

News Release

20 Apr 2016

Hundreds of family lawyers and other professionals from across the country are gathering in Gateshead this week to discuss how best to support separating families.

Resolution, the national family law group which promotes constructive solutions to family disputes, is holding its National Conference at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead on Friday and Saturday this week.

Local family lawyer Helen Robson, chair of the Newcastle Resolution region, will welcome around 400 members of the group for the prestigious annual event, which is being held in the city for the first time.

In the run-up to the conference, Resolution has joined with 21 other organisations in calling for an immediate review of the legal aid cuts, saying that the changes have restricted access to justice for those who need it most.

They have also raised concerns about the planned closure of Morpeth County Court and said it will make it harder for many people in the north east to access the justice system.

Ms Robson said “As chair of the local Resolution region, I’m really proud to welcome so many top family professionals from around the country to Gateshead. Resolution is a wonderful organisation and I’m looking forward to telling our members about our great city.”

Nigel Shepherd, who will take over as National Chair of Resolution at the conference, highlighted some of the concerns the organisation has been raising recently.

“There have been significant changes to how people can access the justice system over recent years. Sadly, the cuts in legal aid and closure of Morpeth County Court hit vulnerable people round here hardest.

“This is why this week’s conference is so important. We’re coming together to as a united front to call on the Government to urgently review the impact of its cuts to legal aid and ensure that everyone has fair access to justice.”