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Friday, 27 November 2020

We are very pleased to announce that the Pension Advisory Group, a collaboration between Cambridge University, the University of Manchester and Cardiff University part-funded by the Nuffield Foundation, has won Resolution’s John Cornwell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Family Law 2020.

Resolution is a network of 70 regional groups across the UK comprising 6,500 lawyers and 1,200 accredited specialists seeking to promote a more constructive approach to family disputes. The Cornwell Award recognises major contributions to the field of family law, either through practice, commentary, teaching, pro bono and/or judicially.  The Pension Advisory Group’s ground-breaking guidance on the treatment of pensions on divorce was the product of a large interdisciplinary working group of lawyers, pension experts and others, co-chaired by Francis J and HHJ Hess, and convened by Hilary Woodward (Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Cambridge Faculty of Law). Joanna Miles was a key academic contributor to the Group’s work, along with Professor Debora Price (Manchester).

The Cornwell Award recognises the far-reaching impact that the PAG report has had in its first year. The report has been featured in a wide range of general and specialist media, recently including the New Law Journal and on the Financial Times’ Advisor website.  Its emerging impact on legal practice and the development of the law is also clear, the report having been viewed and downloaded thousands of times and cited with approval in three reported cases. PAG's work to promote fairer pension outcomes after divorce is continuing with a lay guide for divorcing couples currently in production with charity Law for Life, and an ESRC Impact Accelerator Award for public engagement in the new year.