Claire Macklin

Claire Macklin

South West

We suggest that if you cannot decide between supervisors that you arrange to have a chat with those you like the look of to assist your decision. For an initial discussion please contact supervisors directly using the details that they have provided.

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 significant emotional upheaval and distress.

It’s no surprise that family lawyers can find themselves entangled in the stress and emotions of those they support. Combined with the pressure of handling challenging clients and meeting professional targets, this can easily lead to burnout.

Supervision, or reflective practice, offers a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to discuss any concerns or worries, celebrate successes, and explore different perspectives. It provides a reflective environment to step back from the daily to-do list, evaluate your position in both work and personal life, and reflect on how these areas impact each other.

It gives you time and space to focus on you.

It supports you so that you can better support your clients.

As a former solicitor and founder of a successful Divorce Coaching business, I collaborate with family lawyers to offer emotional support clients. I have extensive experience, and regular supervision has shown me how beneficial and empowering it can be.
I am available for online sessions regardless of your location, or for in-person meetings if you are in the Bristol area. Please feel free to reach out to learn more about how supervision can enhance your professional and personal well-being.

Other supervisors currently listed

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

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...

Andrea Ehgartner

Andrea Ehgartner

During my training as a Social Worker in Munich, Germany I became interested in systemic psychotherapy/ family therapy and following my move to the UK in 1996 I completed my training as a Systemic Psychotherapist in 2002. I have worked as a systemic psychotherapist...