James Carroll

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As both a practicing family lawyer and practicing family law supervisor, I can assure you that you need family law supervision. Why? Because we all do.

I qualified as a lawyer in 2001, and later as a mediator and collaborative family lawyer. I am now a Partner, and Joint Managing Partner, at Russell-Cooke. LLP

I was part of the first cohort of solicitors who trained as family law supervisors. Supervision has been part of my practice ever since. I supervise a range of family law solicitor from the recently qualified to those of many years (or decades) experience, and from those who work individually or in larger firms.

Supervision to me is something that is rare to family lawyers – it is actually about you. It provides something that family lawyers often give to others, but rarely receive (at least not in a professional work focused environment). That something may be a sounding board, a listening ear, a challenging perspective: whatever form it takes, it is ultimately a space for you.

Supervision enables me to give support to my family law colleagues in the hope that asking about them, and showing care and interest in their welfare, enables them to both care for themselves, and in turn, be able better care for others including their clients, colleagues and families.

Other supervisors currently listed

All the supervisors listed on this site are willing and able to provide online supervision.

Claire Macklin

Claire Macklin

Family lawyers have a particularly challenging role. Their professional guidance encompasses all areas of the client’s life – children, finances, assets, pensions and more. At the same time, there is a need for understanding and empathy for clients experiencing...

Gillian Bishop

Gillian Bishop

Gillian has been a solicitor for over 35 years and a specialist family lawyer for the last 25 years. During that time she has developed passion for learning more about the context of the work she does. For many years she chaired the Skills and Support committee of...

Suzanne Smales

Suzanne Smales

I have worked as a barrister in both UK and Australian jurisdictions. I worked first in the UK from 1990 -2010, as both a criminal and family barrister, before moving to Australia and qualifying there. My criminal work involved cases of rape, sexual assault and child...

Luke Menzies

Luke Menzies

South West I am a strong believer in the importance and supportive power of external, non-judgemental supervision for lawyers working in demanding areas of legal practice. I offer a slightly different perspective from other family law supervisors in that I am an...

Suzanne Kingston

Suzanne Kingston

I feel passionately that it is imperative that family lawyers have a confidential space to “download“ and I’m thrilled to be able to offer family law supervision in person or remotely. I have had an interesting career working in both small and large firms, and I...

Nigel Clarke

Nigel Clarke

Nigel has over thirty years experience of working as a family solicitor and partner in a regional multi-partner practice before establishing his own firm in 2007 to focus on dispute resolution, mediation and the importance of managing wellbeing for the wider family...

Vanessa Gardiner

Vanessa Gardiner

I qualified as a family law solicitor in 2007. I’ve worked in legal aid through to higher fee-paying clients and in small high street firms through to a PLC and top 50 UK firm. Throughout my career, I’ve experienced many of the different cultures, structures, and...

Pamela Collis

Pamela Collis

A legal career can involve periods of crushing overload, fear of lack of knowledge or experience, especially early on, and a need for more support than may be available from your firm. I have been a supervisee as well as supervisor. I have seen how supervision plays...

Sophie Barrett

Sophie Barrett

I have been a family lawyer for over 20 years, in boutique and large London firms, a large regional firm and as a family policy advisor at the Ministry of Justice. I am now self employed and enjoying that challenge and opportunity, combined with balancing work-life as...

Jayne Hale

Jayne Hale

I trained as a counsellor over 15 years ago firstly working in Adult Mental Health with individuals and Group Work at Mind. Later joined Relate together with additional training to deliver Couples and Systemic Family therapy. I have also studied a Post Graduate course...