Russell Cooke Bedford Row Holborn

About James

Just like modern relationships, my clients are mixed and diverse. Whether as a lawyer or mediator, my role is to help my clients make informed and sensible decisions regarding their legal, financial and parenting relationships.

James is known for having a commercial, constructive and resolution focused approach combined with the ability to pursue litigation through the courts with tenacity where necessary. 

He specialises in the financial and other consequences of relationship formation or breakdown. His principal role is to help people separate sensibly. 

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

In contrast with many family lawyers, James' practice is not limited to representing married couples or those in a personal relationship. He also acts for family members, business partners or trusts/corporations who own property together or face family-related legal issues.

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

James has a particularly strong reputation in resolving matters through constructive discussions and cooperation. He is both an active and Accredited Family Mediator and a Collaborative Family Lawyer (both specialist forms of dispute resolution designed to reach solutions out of court). James also works with and advise individuals, couples or wider family members, and is qualified to work as the sole legal advisor to both parties who are separating, and where relevant their wider family. 

James Carroll is focused on resolving matters in the most advantageous and cost-effective way. He isn’t afraid to be firm when he needs to be but in a very charming and compelling way.
The Legal 500 (2024)

Notable cases

  • Chancery Law case of Ashby v Killduff regarding the disputed ownership of a number of properties following the breakdown of a same-sex cohabiting relationship

  • Divorce case relating to the husband’s attempts to bankrupt himself to avoid his wife’s financial claims

  • Leading case on nullity and Islamic marriages of El Gamal v HRH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed al-Maktoum which also appeared in the Court of Appeal in relation to the financial provision for children of unmarried parents

James Carroll is a life changer! His knowledge and insights are personal and yet so professional.
Chambers UK (2024)


  • Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Resolution
  • Practical Law, Editorial Board: Family
  • Family Mediation Council, Accredited Family Mediator 
There’s no doubt he will be a superstar. He has really, really remarkable skills with people, he’s very bright and he’s exceptionally able.
Chambers HNW (2022)


  • Co-author of the Family Law Protocol published by the Law Society

Awards and accreditations

James's highlights



How cryptocurrencies are treated upon divorce—HNW Divorce Magazine

Managing Partner James Carroll and associate Imogen Runacres have co-authored an article in Thought4Leaders4...
James Carroll, Joint Managing Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, family and children team. Imogen Runacres, Trainee in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, employment law team.
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James Carroll, Imogen Runacres


Russell-Cooke elects Managing Partner and Deputy Senior Partner

Russell-Cooke has announced that the partnership has re-elected Jonathan Thornton as the firm’s Deputy Senior Partner, and James Carroll...
John Gould, Senior partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, regulation and compliance team. James Carroll, Joint Managing Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, family and children team. Jonathan Thornton, Deputy Senior Partner of Russell-Cooke Solicitors and head of the corporate and commercial law team.
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John Gould, James Carroll, Jonathan Thornton


Russell-Cooke grows family team with new partner Katie Longmate

Law firm Russell-Cooke has welcomed Katie Longmate as partner in the family team...
James Carroll, Joint Managing Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, family and children team. Family and children partner - Katie Longmate | Russell-Cooke
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James Carroll, Katie Longmate
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