Resolution Awards crown “Champions of Family Justice”

The Resolution Awards, hosted on 13th September, celebrated the success of its members at a glitzy ceremony at Church House, London.

Led by legal commentator Joshua Rozenberg, and in the first year as a standalone event, 200 family practitioners came together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the body and recognise the very best talent, innovation and pioneering practice from the wide spectrum of family justice professionals that makes up Resolution’s membership.

Among the winners on the night were Graeme Faser of BBS Law incorporating OGR Stock Denton who won the Member’s Choice Awards which was voted for by Resolution members. Nina Hansen of Freemans took home the Children’s Champion Award, and James Evans of OurFamilyWizard who was recognised in the hotly contested Working in Collaboration Award.

Resolution’s award for outstanding achievement, the John Cornwell Award, was presented to David Emmerson OBE, celebrating his commitment to Resolution’s values, including hard-work, innovation and an unrivalled dedication to Resolution whilst raising the profile of the family justice profession.

Today’s Family Lawyer has launched its own British Family Law Awards to be hosted in Bristol on 25th January 2024. A wholly independent event, the ceremony will recognise the incredible community of family lawyers across England and Wales who work tirelessly to promote and provide access to justice for so many. 15 categories, all with carefully curated criteria, will be scrutinised by the judging panel to establish the shortlist, with the winners announced live on the night.

Entry into the awards is free and firms can enter up to 3x categories. All details and entry information is here:

The winners of Resolution’s Awards 2023 are:

  • John Cornwell Award
    • David Emmerson OBE, Anthony Gold Solicitors
  • Members’ Choice Award
    • Graeme Fraser, BBS Law incorporating OGR Stock Denton
  • Children’s Champion; sponsored by Our Family Wizard
    • Nina Hansen, Freemans
  •  Community Champion; sponsored by Only Mums and Dads
    • Ravi Kaur Mahey, Duncan Lewis Solicitors
  •  Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion; sponsored by Cansford Laboratories
    • Scott Halliday, Irwin Mitchell
  • Innovation Champion; sponsored by AlphaBiolabs
    • Marcie Shaoul, The Co-Parent Way
  • Regional Champion
    • Ian Walker (Devon), Ian Walker Family Law
  • Wellbeing Champion; sponsored by Evelyn Partners
    • Matthew Richardson, Coram Chambers
  • Working in Collaboration Award
    • James Evans, Our Family Wizard
  • YRes Rising Star; sponsored by Coram Chambers
    • Leanne Instrall, Brabners


Colin Jones, Chief Executive, Resolution, says:

“Tonight has been a wonderful celebration of family justice professionals and the incredible work that our members do. We should use nights like tonight to recognise and shout from the rooftops about the inspiring work being done by our members; celebrating those who make a difference to the family justice landscape.

“I am proud to say that the Resolution awards are the only values-driven awards in the family justice profession, and I’m delighted that we can recognise those individuals that go above and beyond to show a commitment to upholding and championing our Code of Practice.”

Grant Cameron, Chair, Resolution, added:

“It has never been more important that we recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations that promote the highest professional standards in our profession. It is at these award ceremonies that we really get the chance to recognise that we are all extremely proud of what our members achieve in such challenging circumstances.

“Shining through all the entries this year is a commitment to our Code of Practice, innovation and dedication. The importance of what our members do day in, day out cannot be overstated, and it is a great pleasure to be able to come together to celebrate the very best talent, people and initiatives in our profession at an event like this one. Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists and winners and for the great work you do.”

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