Top legal talent of the future recognised by Resolution

News Release

16 Sep 2016

Four law students have been jointly awarded the prestigious Resolution Prize for outstanding achievement in family law studies.

The Resolution Prize is awarded annually by family law organisation Resolution to the student or students who obtain the highest overall mark in the family law paper of the Legal Practice Course at The University of Law.

Jennifer Peebles and Shabana Islam, based at The University of Law’s Guilford centre, Stacey de Souza from the Bloomsbury centre and Gillian Ashcroft from the Manchester centre all achieved 95% on the family law paper, which is taken by every law student in the country as part of the qualification needed to practice as a solicitor.

Nigel Shepherd, Chair of Resolution said: “These students have achieved an outstanding mark in this fascinating and challenging area of law, and I would like to offer all of them my congratulations. Resolution is proud to sponsor this award, which identifies the brightest talents in the next generation of family lawyers. I wish them every success in their future careers in the law.”

Stacey De Souza, one of the Resolution prize winners said: “This prize means a lot. It feels wonderful to have my passion for family law recognised but it is also very reassuring to have my decision to pursue a career in this area of law confirmed.”

Gill Ashcroft said: “I enjoy the amount of variety that a career in family law provides. Every client’s personal circumstances differ and for me it is the amount of client contact, whilst trying to work out the appropriate courses of action, that makes family law stand out from the rest.”

“However family law needs to move with the times. The need for blame in order to obtain a divorce and the lack of security for cohabiting couples demonstrate that the law has not taken into account how relationships and society have developed over time.”

Resolution represents over 6,500 family lawyers, mediators and affiliates who are committed to helping couples separate in a way that minimises conflict, helping them to find solutions that consider the needs of the whole family, particularly the best interests of children. As part of their prize, all four students have been awarded a year’s free membership of Resolution with access to training, support and networking. This includes access to the YRes network, Resolution’s group for family lawyers at the beginning of their career.