The Family Law Panel is a free service for members of the public to access initial professional and independent family law information. It is managed by OnlyDads and OnlyMums, the not for profit parenting organisations. All professionals listed in this directory hold a practicing certificate issued by their relevant governing body. Mediators will be trained by a member organisation of the Family Mediation Counciland follow their code of practice. Solicitors are members of Resolution,a national organisation promoting a non-confrontational approach to family problems. Barristers are regulated by the Bar Council and will all hold a direct access certificate.
What can you expect?
You can access this professional information in a number of different ways using the individual profile pages. Each professional has signed up to a service level agreement that will ensure you are given the best possible advice on your options for moving forward. Anyone using the service can access professionals via telephone, email, face-to-face, live chat and social media. You will be heard and the professionals will ensure that you are informed of your options moving forward. If you are contacting a Barrister, it is normal practice for one of their Clerks to take the initial enquiry.
Look for the purple ribbons
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, look out for the purple ribbons. These solicitors are specialists in this area of law.
2017 update: Reduced fees scheme and free family law clinics
Some members of the scheme are now offering a reduced fees scheme and free family law clinic. See news article for more information.
October 2017 – a new leaflet has been published with the new symbols (see below)
Find out how it works…
The leaflet below explains how the system works. To download the document please click on the Adobe Reader icon below. If you do not have the correct software installed then you can download free viewers. ( PDF Reader )