THE SOLICITORS Family Law Association (SFLA) has discarded its press and parliamentary adviser, Fishburn Hedges.
But the group has insisted that its decision not to renew its two-year contract with the agency and revert to handling its media and parliamentary relations internally is not a sign of dissatisfaction with Fishburn Hedges' performance.
SFLA chair Nigel Shepherd, who was due to stand down from the leadership of the group at its annual conference over the weekend, after The Lawyer went to press, said that the agency had helped raise the group's profile.
“We took them on with a very specific brief to help us with the many changes that were going to take place with legal aid and divorce reform – I don't think we could have achieved what we did in those two years without them,” he said.
He singled out the agency's lobbying to win improvements to the Family Law Bill for special praise. The group had asked its 4,000-strong membership to pay a one-off levy of £25 to pay for the campaign.
A Fishburn Hedges spokes-man said: “We will still be doing some training for the SFLA and hope to do further projects with it in the future.”