Winner of 2017 John Cornwell Award announced

News Release

01 Apr 2017

Barry Bunyan

Last night Resolution announced the winner of its prestigious John Cornwell Award at the organisation’s two-day National Conference in Birmingham.

Winner Barry Bunyan, a solicitor at Farleys LLP and Chair of the Lancashire and Cumbria Resolution Committee impressed the judging panel after receiving several nominations, recognising his outstanding work in a career spanning 30 years.

This Award was created five years ago as part of Resolution’s 30th Anniversary year, and named after John Cornwell, who founded Resolution out of a desire to create a better way for separating couples to resolve their disputes. This led to the creation of Resolution’s Code of Practice, which encourages a non-confrontational approach to separation and divorce.

Speaking at the Awards ceremony, Resolution chair Nigel Shepherd said:

“Barry Bunyan is someone who, when we first had the idea for the Award, is exactly the sort of person we had in mind. He is someone who, through their daily work and in their local area, typifies the Code, embraces Resolution’s values, and continues the legacy that John Cornwell left.

“Barry received the highest ever number of nominations we’ve ever seen. In those nominations, we heard that he had spent the last 20 years mentoring and training young Solicitors, trainees, paralegals and support staff in the ‘Resolution Mindset’.

“Barry has continued to campaign against Legal Aid Agency funding cuts, providing evidence in legal action against the LAA to assist the most vulnerable. One nomination said that Barry ‘is a credit to family law. His commitment to his clients, fellow family law practitioners and the profession in general should be applauded.’

“As a high street practitioner, and by playing a leading role in their region, Barry has helped ensure that the voices of members working in a particularly challenging climate are heard.”

On receiving his award Barry said:

“I am very humbled to receive this award. To adopt a cliché - I was just doing my job. I could not imagine practising family law in any way other than the Resolution way and to be recognised for that makes me immensely proud.”