I feel sympathy for those who have recently received, or are still awaiting, exam results today.
I recently re-submitted my application for Resolution Accredited Specialist status and am pleased to announce that I was successful. Despite having over 14 years family law experience, such a process can still be daunting and it certainly reminded me of waiting for various exam results myself a number of years ago.
Accreditation is important to me.
The scheme is run by Resolution whose members are family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Members promote a non-confrontational approach to family problems. As a member I believe in this approach and have experienced the increased likelihood of resolution by adopting such an approach. For Resolution to acknowledge my skills and experience is therefore complimentary.
Continued legal development is vital to being a strong solicitor, especially as your experience grows. You need to keep up to date and be open to new challenges. Accreditation every three years requires you give a reflective account of your skills, your actions and your decisions in order to consider alternative approaches and wider learning.
Finally being an accredited specialist sets you apart as having specific expertise in the areas of family law that you have been assessed. It is a sign of quality that should offer reassurance to clients that they are in safe hands.
I shall look forward to the next round in 2022!
Vicki Rawlins is an accredited specialist in Private Child and Domestic Abuse Law. She also offers advice in respect of all other family law and in based at our Bitterne office.