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Congratulations to recent Family Law Accredited Specialist appointees I found the Accreditation Programme challenging but rewarding, and feel proud of my achievement. The programme helped me to realise just what a wide variety of knowledge we accumulate as family lawyers and how it has application in so many areas. Well worth the loss of three months of weekends and evenings. Jane Johnson

L-R: Accreditation Committee Convenor, Trevor O'Sullivan; Julia Mansfield; Jane Johnson; Denby Kerr; and Society President Elizabeth Needham.

The Law Society's 2015 Family Law Accreditation Assessment Programme has been completed and from the nine candidates who participated in the programme, the Law Society congratulates Denby Kerr of DCH Legal, Jane Johnson of Kim Wilson & Co and Julia Mansfield of Kennedy Partners on their successful completion of the programme and their appointment as Family Law Accredited Specialists.

The assessment programme is a challenging but rewarding process as attested to by the following comments from the successful candidates:

To successfully gain accreditation candidates must first have sufficient prior and current practice in family law and obtain a satisfactory mark in each of the three parts of the assessment programme namely a mock file, written examination and a simulated client interview.

I found the Accreditation Programme challenging but highly rewarding. Although the programme is time consuming and sometimes difficult to manage with full time practice, I think it is a fantastic thing to do. My knowledge of family law was increased through study and I also consider I was able to refine my skills as a solicitor, for exampling writing a mock letter to a client with a strict word limit!! I would encourage anyone with a keen interest in family law to sit the programme. Julia Mansfield

The Accreditation Programme has been a roller coaster. It was an intensive and challenging process which I started perhaps with some naivety as to its time demands. Being named an accreditation specialist following my completion of the programme was something for which I was both grateful and proud. Denby Kerr The Law Society's Accredited Family Law Specialist programme provides family law practitioners the opportunity to be formally recognised as having a high level of competency in their field. Accredited Specialists have the added benefit of being able to use the Family Accredited Specialist logo and branding on their marketing material to promote their high standing in the area. Family Law Accreditation Assessment Programme is open to members and is run every two years – the next programme will commence in March 2017. Enquiries on the programme can be made to

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