Profile submitted by James Carroll
Full spectrum of family law including married family, civil partnerships and same-sex relationships, cohabitation and property related matters. Particular focus on international matters including tax, trust and businesses. 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). His principal 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 has a particularly strong reputation in resolving matters through constructive discussions and cooperation. James is both an accredited mediator and a collaborative family lawyer (both specialist forms of dispute resolution designed to reach solutions in a non-Court based arena).
Law Society (including Family Law Committee Membership); Resolution (including mediator and collaborative family lawyer); Family Mediation Counsel (Accredited Family Mediator); Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (formerly IAML), International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Member of the Editorial Board of the Practical Law, Family Division (the leading provider of family law know-how).
Trained at Anthony Gold (qualified 2001), Russell-Cooke (2001 to 2006), Campbell-Hooper (2001 to 2009: Partner), Russell-Cooke (2009 to date: Partner). James is regarded by Chambers UK (2017) as a "very strong tactician" who "gives first-class advice and works incredibly hard for his clients, maximising what can be achieved in a case". He is recognised as a 'leading individual' by Chambers 2016 who comment that he "impresses with his diligence and maturity" and "just really fantastic…vastly knowledgeable and experienced." He is further described in Chambers (2015) as "a very precise character, he has great attention to detail and he's very thoughtful".
James acted in the Chancery Law case of Ashby v Kilduff  EWHC 2034 (Ch) regarding the disputed ownership of a number of properties following the breakdown of a same-sex cohabiting relationship; the divorce case of F v F (S intervening)  EWHC 2814 relating to the husband’s attempts to bankrupt himself to avoid his wife’s financial claims; and the leading case on nullity and Islamic marriages of El Gamal v HRH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed al-Maktoum  EWHC B27 (Fam), which also appeared in the Court of Appeal in relation to the financial provision for children of unmarried parents.
Co-author of The Law Society's Family Law Protocol on financial provision for unmarried parents.
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. 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.
Shortlisted for Jordan’s Publishing ‘Family Law Partner of the Year’ Award.