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James Carroll

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James is a partner in the family team. He specialises in the financial and other consequences of relationship formation or breakdown.

His principle role is to help people separate sensibly. He is well known for having a commercial, constructive and resolution focused approach combined with the ability to pursue litigation through the Courts with tenacity where necessary.

James is considered an expert in complex financial cases, including those involving businesses and trust/tax structures. He has considerable knowledge of pre-nuptial agreements (having sat on the Advisory Group to the Law Commission).

Many matters in which James is instructed involve an international dimension. James has lectured nationally and internationally including for the European Family Justice Observatory, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the International Association of Collaborative Practitioners.

In contrast with many family lawyers, James’ practice is not limited to representing married couples or those in a personal relationship and as such he also acts for other family members, business partners or individuals who own property together or face family related legal issues.

James is known as a leader in the field in relation to same-sex relationships, civil partnerships and same-sex marriages, particularly those involving cross-border issues.

He has a particularly strong reputation in resolving matters through constructive discussions and cooperation. James is both a mediator and a collaborative family lawyer (both specialist forms of dispute resolution designed to reach solutions in a non-Court based arena).

James has lectured for both Resolution and the Family Mediators Association.


Trained Anthony Gold Solicitors 1999-2001; qualified 2001; partner Russell-Cooke 2009 to date. Assistant solicitor Russell-Cooke, Kingston Office 2001-06; assistant solicitor Campbell Hooper Solicitors 2006-08; partner Campbell Hooper Solicitors 2008-09; partner Russell-Cooke, London Office 2009 to date.

James is regularly called upon by the mainstream media for interview or comment on family law matters, and as such James has appeared on the Today programme, the BBC, Sky and Channel 4 News

Publications of note: ‘Schedule 1 Provision (financial provision for unmarried parents)’ in The Law Society, Family Law Protocol (3rd edition).


Member of Resolution:

Committee Member of the Family Law Committee of the Law Society of England & Wales (former Co-Chair);

Fellow of the International Association of Family Lawyers

Member of the International Association of Collaborative Practitioners;

Editorial board, Practical Law, Family Section.


University of Wales, Aberystwyth 1994-97; BPP Law School 1997-99.

London: Private client


Within: Leading individuals

James Carroll - Russell-Cooke LLP

Within: Family

Russell-Cooke LLP acts on complex and interesting cases. Clients range from those with substantial wealth through to those with modest means or those who are entitled to legal aid. It is at the forefront of new and emerging areas of law such as declaration of parentage, international and domestic surrogacy as well as female genital mutilation and forced marriages. As part of its full service offering it also advises on complex private children law cases involving serious domestic abuse or on issues of adoption. The group is often appointed by the court to represent the children when the children are joined in proceedings. Six of its partners are trained as mediators, five are collaboratively trained and one acts as an arbitrator. James Carroll, Kate Hamilton, Fiona Read and Sarah Richardson are all well-respected practitioners. Hannah Field was promoted to the partnership.

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Family: mediation

Within: Leading individuals

James Carroll - Russell-Cooke LLP

Within: Family: mediation

Mediation is a central part of the practice at Russell-Cooke LLP and it offers sole mediation as well as co-mediation and shuttle mediation. Fiona Read, who is a deputy district judge as well as an arbitrator, heads the team and has mediated for many years along with James Carroll who also has an excellent reputation for mediation. Therese Nichols has now retired and Louise Connolly is also recommended. The team mediates on a variety of family and children law-related issues, including cohabitations and property ownership.

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