Spotlight
Family Law Awards 2020
Shortlist announced - time to place your vote!
Court of Protection Practice 2020
'Court of Protection Practice goes from strength to strength, having...
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance Tenth Edition
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance is an authoritative specialist text...
Spotlight
Latest articles
Practical aspects to assessing competence in children
Rebecca Stevens, Partner, Royds Withy KingThis is an article regarding the practical aspects to assessing competence in children. The article explores a range of practicalities, such as meeting a...
Scrumping the crop of recent pension decisions
Rhys Taylor, 36 Family and 30 Park PlaceJonathan Galbraith, Mathieson Consulting2020 has thus far proved to be a memorable year for all the wrong reasons, but nonetheless it remains an interesting one...
Conduct in financial remedies – when is it now a relevant consideration?
Rachel Gillman, 1 GC/Family LawThis article provides an overview of all aspects of financial misconduct following the recent decision of Mostyn J in OG v AG [2020] EWFC 52, wherein all aspects of...
The treatment of RSUs/Stock Options in light of XW v XH
Peter Mitchell QC, 29 Bedford RowStock Options and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) are frequently encountered by the Family Court when dividing property on divorce or dissolution of a Civil Partnership....
Hundreds of thousands of companies worldwide fall victims to hackers every year. Is your firm one of them?
SPONSORED CONTENT Image source: Information is beautifulYou and other lawyers and legal assistants in your firm likely have accounts on the hacked websites listed in the image above. If a hacker...
View all articles
Authors

Jo Edwards becomes new Chair of Resolution

Sep 29, 2018, 21:47 PM
Jo Edwards, a partner at Pennington Manches, and leading DR practitioner, today became Chair of Resolution, the membership body for family law practitioners.
Slug : jo-edwards-becomes-new-chair-of-resolution
Meta Title : Jo Edwards becomes new Chair of Resolution
Meta Keywords : family law, resolution, new chair, reforms, legal aid
Canonical URL :
Trending Article : No
Prioritise In Trending Articles : No
Date : Apr 4, 2014, 06:40 AM
Article ID : 105455

Inaugural speech decries cuts to legal aid as having 'devastating effect' on public and practitioners.

Jo Edwards, a partner at Pennington Manches, and leading DR practitioner, today became Chair of Resolution, the membership body for family law practitioners.

In her inaugural speech to over 300 delegates at the organisation's National Conference in Manchester, Jo outlined the challenges currently facing family lawyers, and what Resolution is doing to help practitioners and the public address them.

She takes over as Chair from Liz Edwards and paid tribute to her predecessor, saying 'it is remarkable how far Resolution has come over the past two years with Liz at the helm, during a time of unprecedented change'.

During her speech, Jo criticised last year's cuts to legal aid as having a 'devastating impact on our members and, more importantly, the people they had previously been able to help'.

Commenting on the fact that only eight exceptional funding applications for family cases were successful, out of 617 made in the past year, Jo added:

'We know that the promised ‘safety valve' of the availability of exceptional funding is not providing very much relief at all.'

Jo also outlined how the organisation is responding to the challenges facing its members and the separating families they seek to help, highlighting in particular:

  • the recent launch of the government-funded Family Matters service, providing free support targeted at those previously eligible for legal aid;
  • marketing support, including new logos for every Resolution member to use; and
  • a new financial product, in conjunction with Iceberg Client Credit, to provide loans at preferential rates to clients of Resolution members to help fund legal advice.

As former chair of Resolution's Dispute Resolution Committee, Jo pledged to provide support to all members, to help practitioners offering different disciplines to work more closely together, 'to provide a range of options which are seamless and focus on the clien't.

And Jo looked to the future, announcing the establishment of a new National ‘YRes' Committee for Resolution - a body to represent new and recently-qualified practitioners, bringing together the local networks that exist in Resolution's regions. She said:

'It's crucial that we all encourage the next generation of family lawyers. I'm looking to the existing YRes members in the room today to be the leaders of tomorrow.'

Jo also announced Resolution's imminent Manifesto for Family Law, which will contain a series of proposals to help improve the way separation and divorce, is dealt with in England and Wales.

Categories :
  • News
Tags :
Provider :
Product Bucket :
Recommend These Products
Load more comments
Comment by from