Lawyer’s Specialist Accreditation – Spring 2020

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Resolution's specialist accreditation recognises members who demonstrate excellence in the practice of family law and in their specific areas of expertise.

Resolution’s Specialist Accreditation Scheme recognises members who demonstrate excellence in the practice of family law and in their specific areas of expertise.

Find out more about accreditation

Who can apply for accreditation?

You can apply for accreditation if you are a member of Resolution and your membership subscription is up to date.

You must also hold a current Practising Certificate issued by The Law Society or by The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX). Applicants are required to disclose anything which could bring the organisation into disrepute.

Eligibility is considered without reference to race, religion, belief, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age.

What will I need to do?

To achieve Resolution accredited status, you must pass two assignments:

  1. The Core Assignment: an open-book assignment, taken over a set weekend, which assesses your ability to fulfil the competencies set out in the Prospectus.
  2. Portfolio Assignments: the creation of two portfolios of work to prove you have the knowledge and experience outlined in the Prospectus in two different topic areas. You will have approximately eight weeks to complete the portfolio assignments.

 You must pass both assignments to qualify as an Accredited Specialist.

We run two rounds of accreditation each year and you can take the assignments in the same round or separately.

Taking the assignments separately means you can complete the Core Assignment at an early stage of specialist experience and then to take the Specialist Portfolios over the following two years. For those who are more experienced, the Core and Portfolio Assignments can be taken at the same time, or in separate assessment rounds.

If you take the assignments separately, you must take and pass the Core Assignment before progressing to the Portfolio Assignments. Both assignments must be completed within a three-year period.

What’s the Core Assignment?

The Core Assignment is an open book exam, taken over a set weekend. The exam paper contains four case studies, each with four questions. Two of the case studies are mandatory, you must answer the questions for both of those. You can choose which of the other two case studies you will answer. One will be focused on finance, the other on children.

What are the Portfolio Assignments?

Over about eight weeks you will need to complete two portfolio assignments, each in one of the following specialist areas:

  • Adoption
  • Advocacy – Financial Remedy Proceedings
  • Advocacy – Private Law Children
  • Child Abduction
  • Children Law – Private
  • Children Law – Public
  • Cohabitation and TOLATA
  • Complex Financial Remedies 1 (complex low income and assets)
  • Complex Financial Remedies 2 (complex middle/high income and assets)
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Financial Provision for Children
  • Harmful Cultural Practices (Forced Marriage & Honour Based Violence)
  • Insolvency
  • International
  • Pensions
  • Preserving & locating family assets (Emergency Procedures in Financial Remedies)

For each specialist area there are two elements to the assignments:

  1. A case study with four questions
  2. Two reflective case accounts
  • Core and portfolio assignments Price £360


  • Core assignment Price £216


  • Portfolio assignments Price £216


  • Retake of core assignment Price £144


  • Retake of one portfolio assignment Price £108


  • Retake of two portfolio assignments Price £216


  • Extra portfolio assignment Price £108


  • Extra two portfolio assignments Price £216


  • Replacement portfolio assignment Price £108


  • Reaccreditation Price £144