Chris Lloyd-Smith (pictured above), a partner at Birmingham-based law firm Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS), has been elected as chair of Resolution’s West Midlands group.

Resolution, the largest membership organisation for family justice professionals in England and Wales, advocates a non-confrontational approach to resolving family law issues, such as the separation of families and children. It also lobbies for a fairer family justice system.

The West Midlands group is the regional subcommittee of the organisation, providing training and educational resources to members, ensuring they can support families and individuals during difficult times whilst also promoting alternative methods of dispute resolution which helps families find more amicable solutions and avoids the costs and acrimony associated with court.

Lloyd-Smith joined Resolution in 2003 and was instrumental in establishing YResolution, the Resolution board for junior lawyers, in the West Midlands. He served as its first chair and will continue to work closely with both YResolution and the Family Law Bar Association (FLBA) in his new role.

He commented: 'Helping families and individuals resolve issues following separation in a constructive and non-confrontational way is central to the work of any Resolution member. I am passionate about providing support and guidance to individuals as they navigate through difficult and challenging issues that many never expected they would face. I am conscious that the advice and support I provide has the potential to affect the lives of those individuals and their loved ones for many years to come.'

'Resolution helps those working in family law by giving them the skills and knowledge to make a huge difference to peoples’ lives. I'm incredibly proud to have been part of the organisation over the last 18 years and am looking forward to widening the support we offer and the membership we have in the West Midlands.'

Resolution members range from solicitors' legal executives, paralegals, mediators, barristers, financial advisors, accountants, expert witnesses and family therapists, each of whom commit to working with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way.

Lloyd-Smith will remain an active member of Anthony Collins Solicitors’ life stage planning team, where he is an accredited family mediator.