Family solicitor recognised as a specialist in helping couples divide assets when a relationship breaks down

Friday 5 October 2018

Chris Brown, Associate Solicitor at Hegarty Solicitors, has recently been re-accredited under Resolution's Specialist Accreditation Scheme.

Chris has been a specialist under the scheme since 2015. Solicitors are required to apply to be re-accredited every three years.

What is the Resolution Specialist Accreditation Scheme?
The Resolution Specialist Accreditation Scheme has been developed to recognise members who have demonstrated excellence in the practice of family law and in the areas in which they specialise.

Why choose a Resolution Specialist?
To become a Resolution accredited specialist, lawyers have to agree to uphold the Resolution Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems, and to have passed a written test demonstrating a breadth of knowledge of family law issues and specialist knowledge in at least two areas of family law. Resolution members encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family and in particular the best interests of children.

Chris' Specialist Accreditations are for Complex Financial Remedies 1 (Lower assets/income) and Complex Financial Remedies 2 (high and exceptional assets/income).

- Expertise in dealing with financial issues
- Dividing Assets when divorcing

These accreditations show expertise in dealing with financial issues such as debt, shared ownership and repossession or issues around pre-acquired or post-separation acquired wealth, treatment of share options, bonuses or future income, as well as international elements. The Accreditations recognise expertise in dealing with assets of all sizes from cases where assets are less extensive to those where assets are substantial.

Chris commented: "Every three years I have to apply to be re-accredited for a further three years. This requires me to submit evidence demonstrating I have specialist knowledge, understanding and application required for each of my accredited specialist areas. I must also demonstrate continuing adherence to the Resolution Code and good practice generally."

In order to be re-accredited Chris was also required to submit a training record to confirm that he has acquired the requisite amount of continued professional development in family law in the last three years and a reference from a member of the judiciary or a family justice professional.

Chris joined Hegarty Solicitors in 2012 after studying law at both London South Bank and De Montfort University in Leicester, qualifying in 2009. Chris specialises in advising and assisting clients in relation to the division of assets and resources when a marriage breaks down and financial claims arising between couples who were not married.

When a couple decides to divorce one of the biggest concerns is often the financial implications and the division of assets and resources when a marriage breaks down and financial claims arising between couples who were not married.

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