The LawCare team: Supporting the Legal Community
A message from our patron, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, The Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon.
The LawCare staff team
Elizabeth started her working life as a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence. She has been managing and developing charities in the mental health sector for over 15 years, and joined LawCare as Chief Executive in 2014.
Support Services Manager
Anna is responsible for the day-to-day running of the LawCare support service. She is LawCare’s longest serving member of staff, and joined us in 1998 after working as a legal secretary for a sole practitioner.
Rose joined LawCare in May 2021 and has responsibility for the day-to-day management of the administrative processes at LawCare. She has worked in administration for nearly 30 years, with experience in the legal and charity sectors, as well as five years running her own business providing administrative and secretarial support to entrepreneurs and businesses across the UK.
Director (Education & Training)
Mary has been a teacher and a solicitor, as well as Manager of the Law Society's South West Regional Office. Mary has been with LawCare since 2008. She recently qualified as a therapeutic counsellor and is a full member of the BACP.
Gemma joined LawCare in January 2018 having worked in communications for charities including Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the British Dupuytren's Society, as well as NHS England. She looks after all of LawCare's digital and printed content as well as our media and public relations.
Director (Research & Engagement)
Trish McLellan practised as a solicitor in England for a number of years, latterly specialising in family law, prior to moving to Edinburgh. She joined LawCare in 2005, since when she has worked across our various support channels, undertaken requisite training to inform our work, engaged with key stakeholders and developed and delivered extensive training sessions. She is also the team lead on our research study Life in the Law.
Support and Volunteer Coordinator
Niamh joined LawCare in February 2022 after 14 years working in law, specialising in property. She has responsibility for managing our teams of amazing volunteers and champions. Niamh lives in Belfast.
Fundraising and Events Officer
Kathryn joined the team in April 2022 after 9 years working in the Telecommunications industry. She has responsibility for driving the fundraising strategy and events management. She lives in South Yorkshire with her husband and daughter.
Our chair Andrew is a Solicitor and Notary Public. He was President of the Law Society of England and Wales from 2014/2015. Andrew is a Consultant with Heppenstalls, Solicitors, in Hampshire. He is also Chair of Spurgeons Childrens Charity and Co-Director of ‘Restored’, a charity making a stand against issues of gender based violence.
John Guerin is a partner at BLM in Belfast where he specialises in defence litigation for insurance companies, employment law, and professional disciplinary and regulatory work.
Claire is currently a Senior Associate – FCILEx, specialising in Cat PI and Occupational Health. Claire advocates for a proactive and coordinated approach to managing wellbeing, and has contributed to driving the employee wellbeing agenda at a local, divisional and global level.
Kayleigh is solicitor specialising in employment law. Kayleigh has undertaken research, written articles and published best practice guidance for employers on supporting the wellbeing of their employees on behalf of The Law Society of England and Wales.
Alexandra Marks qualified as a solicitor in 1983, and was a partner at Linklaters (1990-2003). She now sits as a Deputy High Court Judge, Recorder and First Tier Tribunal Judge.
Ryan is a solicitor at Thorntons Law, one of the largest full-service law firms in Scotland. He is also Chair of Who Cares? Scotland, a charity which provides advocacy, connection and campaigning for people who have experienced the care system as children.
Having studied the LLB at the University of Aberdeen, Heather has worked in Judicial training and in marketing before taking up a post at the Law Society of Scotland, where she has worked for the for the last 12 years leading the Careers and Outreach Team. Heather has established a number of national projects for the current and future members of the Scottish legal profession such as a mentoring project for trainees and solicitors. Heather has been involved in the development of a charity to support young people facing financial disadvantage – the Lawscot Foundation - and now leads this charity, along with focusing on social mobility, diversity and wellbeing within the profession.
Paul qualified as a Registered Mental Nurse in 1991, was called to the English Bar in 2000 and is now a Scottish Solicitor. He is currently the Legal Manager (Conveyancing & Commercial) with The Highland Council. Paul also teaches Mental Health on a part-time basis with the University of the Highland & Islands.
A solicitor since 2009, Lucinda specialises in regulatory law and knowledge management. She is also a researcher in occupational health psychology, specifically focusing on the legal sector. An accredited Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS), Lucinda is working towards becoming dual qualified as a chartered psychologist via her doctoral research on well-being in the legal profession.
Bronwen is a solicitor and compliance expert who specialises in helping firms and ABSs with all aspects of applying to be authorised and licensed by the SRA.
Helen Whiteman is Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. She was previously CEO of CILEx Regulation having also served as COO and head of corporate affairs at CILEx Regulation and director of member services at LawNet.
Partner, Lewis Silkin LLP
Karen is Head of Lewis Silkin’s Investigations and Regulatory group and sits on the Firm's Strategy Board. She specialises in employment and partnership law, and regularly conducts complex and highly sensitive workplace investigations, alongside her advisory work. Karen has a diverse client base, with a particular emphasis towards advising major domestic and international law firms and other professional services organisations on all aspects of their relationships with their employees and members/partners. This includes resolving issues such as contentious team moves, the enforcement of restrictive covenants and issues arising out of disability and ill health. Karen is a passionate advocate of the importance of mental wellbeing both inside and outside of the workplace, and is a qualified Mental Health First Aider. Karen leads Lewis Silkin's mental health campaign, #ThisPlaceMinds.
Partner, Bennett Briegal LLP
Paul Bennett is a solicitor, mediator and arbitrator who advises law firms and solicitors on SRA regulatory matters, anti-money laundering, employment and partnership law at the specialist law firm to other law firms Bennett Briegal LLP. Mental health and solicitors wellbeing is a constant topic of discussion with clients.
Associate, Reed Smith LLP
Chloe works at Reed Smith LLP as an Associate in the Banking & Finance team. She is also a qualified Mental Health First Aider. As a keen advocate of mental wellbeing in the workplace, Chloe is passionate about driving new initiatives to bring about positive change in the profession.
Consultant, Family Law in Partnership
Gillian is a consultant at Family Law in Partnership. She is a founding member of the firm, setting it up in 1995 to provide a distinctive client focused family law service. As an experienced family lawyer, Gillian wanted to create a firm for clients looking for a holistic approach to their divorce. Gillian’s aim is to keep the family unit as amicably cohesive as possible. Gillian’s achievements in law – which include being named as a top-ranked family lawyer by leading legal directories such as Legal 500 UK and Chambers – are a result of her dedication to and knowledge of the profession, but it is her commitment to forming strong relationships with her clients that truly shines through.
OBE Lead Executive Officer, IP Inclusive
Andrea is a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney, a former President of CIPA and a member of the Institute’s governing Council. She founded the IP Inclusive initiative in 2015 to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the IP professions. Promoting mental wellbeing is a key part of IP Inclusive’s agenda; Andrea has worked with LawCare on a number of related projects.
Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Samantha is a partner at City firm, Herbert Smith Freehills, which she joined as a trainee in 2003. Sam is Head of Pensions and has a wide ranging practice, involving transaction, advisory and contentious matters. In addition to her legal practice, Sam co-chair's the Firm's Ability Network. She is a trustee of the mental health campaigning charity United for Global Mental Health and an advocate for mentally healthy workplaces.
Managing Partner, Pinsent Masons
John has overall responsibility for the day-to-day management and operations of the firm globally and takes a particular interest in mental health and wellbeing at work, leading the firm's programmes in this area.
After nearly 40 years as a litigator Simon understands well how difficult life can be. He says ' We solicitors shoulder the burdens of our clients, taking their stress onto ourselves. Knowing that there is a caring professional out there whose job it is to look after the solicitor is so important.'
In-house lawyer, Capital One
Gemma is an in-house commercial contracts lawyer at Capital One in Nottingham. She is passionate about positive mental wellbeing in the workplace, co-leads Capital One's mental health and wellbeing business resource group and is actively involved in shaping the organisation's approach to mental health. She is also a dedicated volunteer for 'Shout', the crisis text line charity founded by the Royal Foundation in 2018, and has recently completed training to become a mental health first aider.
Co-founder, Claiming Space
Joanna Fleck practiced as a solicitor in civil liberties and inquests. She now teaches yoga and meditation. She also works with a mental health charity to deliver specialist support and mental health awareness training. She recently completed a Master’s degree in psychology, researching secondary traumatic stress in the legal profession.
Solicitor, Capital Law and Wellbeing Officer, Cardiff Law Society
Clare is a Commercial Disputes solicitor at Capital Law in Cardiff. As chair of the Cardiff JLD wellbeing was top of her agenda and she planned a number of fully booked events for Mental Health Awareness Week. As Clare stands down from chair she will take the role of Well-being Officer with both the JLD and the local Cardiff Law Society.
Partner, Professional Support Lawyer
Catherine is a partner and professional support lawyer at Digby Brown LLP, a Scottish firm that specialises in pursuing personal injury claims. Catherine is a member of the Lawscot Steering Group, which was set up in 2018 to provide a clear strategic direction for Lawscot Wellbeing, a Law Society of Scotland initiative that promotes emotional wellbeing. Catherine has a long standing interest in mental health issues.
Barrister and Meditation teacher
Gillian is an international criminal barrister at The Chambers of 9 Bedford Row. She is head of the International Practice Group and is also an accredited meditation teacher. Since 2016, she has been introducing the concept and benefits of mindfulness to the Bar and the legal profession generally. She is author of "Mindfulness at Work and Home".
Managing Director, Thrive Law
Jodie trained as a barrister, cross-qualified as a solicitor & founded Thrive Law in Leeds. She's passionate about encouraging understanding and ending stigma around mental health to create a happier, healthier workforce. Her campaigning led to extensive media coverage and saw her shortlisted for Law Society Gazette Legal Personality of the Year 2018 and awarded a fellowship of the Royal Society for Public Health.
Dr Kirsty J Hood QC
Kirsty is an Advocate at the Scottish Bar. She has been in practice at the Bar since 2001, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2015. While she maintains a varied civil practice, her particular expertise is in private international law. In October 2014, Kirsty became the first woman to be elected as Clerk of Faculty at the Faculty of Advocates – a position which she held until April 2019. Kirsty has shown an active commitment to supporting the equality and diversity agenda within the legal profession. As Clerk of Faculty, she represented the Faculty of Advocates on the Legal Wellbeing Scotland Group which was set up in 2016, and she understands the importance of wellbeing and mental health for the legal profession.
Solicitor & Managing Director, didlaw
Karen Jackson is a leading expert in disability discrimination law. She has a particular interest in mental health and is also a fierce advocate for equality and freedom from discrimination and harassment for women at work. Her firm, didlaw, was established following her successful recovery from a heart transplant. Didlaw advises across all areas of employment. Karen is a commentator on disability and sex discrimination issues.
Lawyer and psychotherapist
Claire is a part-time commercial/technology lawyer at Taylor Vinters and is also an accredited psychotherapist. She has a particular interest working with professionals and academics; exploring the challenges of working in an often high-pressured professional environment and the impact this can have on emotional/physical wellbeing.
Barrister, St Ives Chambers
Malvika is a barrister specialising in family law. Following a serious mental health crisis in her pupillage year, Malvika has tried to encourage open discussions around mental ill-health amongst lawyers and the support that can be put in place for them. She runs a blog called ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ which aims to challenge mental health stigma within the profession.
Sam is a partner in Fieldfisher's technology group. He is passionate about improving wellbeing in the profession – this has included creating training, partnering with external professionals, writing blogs and articles, and acting as a partner sponsor for mental health. Sam loves being able to play a part in helping others thrive and succeed.
Umar is a mental health and mental capacity Solicitor with over 10 years of experience. Umar was previously running mental health departments in some legal aid firms but took a step back in October 2019 to concentrate on his health and wellbeing. In this time, Umar has set up and is running his own consultancy Kank Speaks Legal Ltd in which he continues to offer advice and assistance across a range of matters on mental health, communications and politics. Umar is part of the Leadership team at Dope Black Dads which is an organisation set up to change the narrative around black fathers. The group aims to inspire, heal, celebrate and educate black fathers. Umar is proud to be a LawCare champion as someone who has faced his own issues with his health and wellbeing, Umar is looking forward to advocating on behalf of those whose voices are not heard and to provide a perspective from a black male viewpoint.
Group Records Manager, Shell
Susan is a lawyer for Shell International specialising in information management compliance. She leads the Care in Legal Programme for Shell Group Legal and was awarded Shell Legal Leadership team individual award for the Programme . She is passionate about creating a culture that supports mental health and believes that lawyers should “thrive not just survive”. She is a qualified NLP Practitioner.
Retired employment lawyer and LawCare volunteer
Retired employment lawyer, keen runner and advocate for work life balance in the workplace.
Global Head of Commercial, Innovation and Technology, Legal & Wellbeing Leader at Barclays
David leads the Global Commercial, Innovation and Technology Legal team in Barclays and leads the Legal Department’s work on Wellbeing. He qualified as a barrister after getting his law degree from Reading University and a Master of Law degree from Cambridge. He is chair of trustees of a counselling charity in Suffolk, a Governor at Goodenough College in London and on the board of Now Teach.
Chambers Director, Oriel Chambers
Nick had a successful career as a litigation solicitor, working in both the private and public sectors before joining Oriel Chambers as Chambers Director. He is a Lawcare volunteer, mental health first aider and OU student coach / mentor.
QC Barrister and Coach
James is a tenant at Francis Taylor Building, practising in planning and environmental law. He engages in learning, practicing and teaching techniques to support professional performance and wellbeing in the law, believing that the best lawyers are well lawyers. He is a professional organisational and systemic coach, a licensed NLP Master Practitioner, trained in creativity, meditation, hypnosis & non-violent communication.
Senior Risk Lawyer, Pinsent Masons
Wendy has longstanding experience of helping colleagues with mental health issues in the workplace and sees mental wellbeing as key in the legal profession with technological advances making it more difficult to leave work behind at the end of the day. She also tutors at Glasgow University, so sees challenges faced by those entering the profession.
Knowledge Lawyer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Lloyd Rees is a Knowledge Lawyer in the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer London office. Lloyd’s main specialism is Brexit and its implications for business. Lloyd has spoken and written extensively about his own mental health conditions to help raise awareness in the legal profession.
Learning & Quality Director, LawNet
Peter started his career as a solicitor before moving into legal education and professional development. He has significant experience of designing learning programmes for lawyers and is responsible for LawNet’s learning programme and quality standard. Peter has introduced training on mental health and wellbeing for LawNet members and has written and spoken widely about his own experiences of anxiety and depression.
Senior Solicitor and Psychotherapist
Anna retrained as a psychotherapist (and soon to be clinical supervisor) following a long career as a senior immigration solicitor in the City. She has since practised in both careers; working with a range of emotional issues in her private therapy practice and leading wellbeing initiatives at a highly acclaimed boutique law firm. Anna presents on mental health issues within the legal profession and is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
Chartered Legal Executive at Keoghs & Professional Board Member at CILEx
Rachel is a Chartered Legal Executive in the Counter Fraud Services team at Keoghs LLP. Rachel also sits on the CILEx professional board and is a trustee of the Northwest Legal Support Trust. She is a keen runner and a member of a local running club. She is passionate about promoting positive mental health and encouraging people to improve their environment to enable this.
General Counsel at Simply Business and Trustee of Mind, the mental health charity
Joanne is the General Counsel of Simply Business, the UK’s largest business insurance provider where she is a passionate advocate for workplace wellbeing. She sits on the board of trustees of Mind, the mental health charity, bringing a compassionate understanding of mental health problems based on experience, and with it the vital message of hope.
Associate solicitor in regulatory and disciplinary team, Leigh Day
Emma advises and supports practices and individuals dealing with regulatory matters, including responding to questions from, or investigation or prosecution by regulators such as the SRA. Emma understands the significance of wellbeing in the regulatory context and has seen how it can affect decision-making and the impact regulatory and disciplinary matters can have on individuals.
Associate, DAC Beachcroft
Claire is an Associate at DAC Beachcroft specialising in Clinical Negligence. Claire has worked in private practice for nearly 20 years, but feels that DAC Beachcroft is the first firm she has worked for that puts employees health and wellbeing front and centre. As a member of the firm’s Wellbeing Committee, Claire is passionate about making the workplace a better place for all. She has trained as a Mental Health Champion and writes a regular “Wellbeing Wednesday” blog which covers a wide variety of topics connected to achieving the elusive work/life balance.
Senior Vice President, Law Society of Northern Ireland
Rowan White was for many years a partner in the Belfast office of leading Irish law firm Arthur Cox, where he now holds a consultancy role in the Real Estate Group. Rowan was elected President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland in November 2019 and held this role until November 2021. He is now Senior Vice President. Promoting good mental health and wellbeing was one of the key objectives of his term as President.
Barrister, Goldsmith Chambers, and 2020 Chair of Wellbeing at the Bar
Victoria is a family law barrister, practising principally in financial remedy and private law children cases. She is the elected 2020 Chair of the Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group which carries out work on behalf of all barristers, clerks and staff in England and Wales. She is also the Chair of the Family Law Bar Association Wellbeing Subcommittee. Her recent articles include Our Wellbeing Stock, Counsel Magazine, 2020 and Wellbeing: What Has Happened And Where Are We Now? Family Affairs, 2020.
Co-director of Claiming Space
Rachel Francis is the co-director of Claiming Space and - together with her fellow co-director, Joanna Fleck - is the co-author of Vicarious Trauma in the Legal Profession: a practical guide to trauma, burnout and collective care. Alongside her work for Claiming Space, Rachel is a barrister practising in immigration and family law at One Pump Court Chambers. with particular expertise in working with vulnerable clients. She is the former co-chair of Young Legal Aid Lawyers. During her time as co-chair, Rachel saw first-hand the effects of working with trauma in the legal profession. She was jointly responsible for the strategic direction of the group and for co-ordinating its campaigning, promoting social mobility and protecting the interests of junior lawyers who believe in the importance of legal-aided work as a means of achieving social justice. In July 2019 Rachel was awarded the LAPG Special Award for outstanding commitment to access to justice.
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