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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.
Anna is responsible for the day-to-day running of the LawCare office. She is LawCare’s longest serving member of staff, and joined us in 1998 after working as a legal secretary for a sole practitioner.
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.
Coordinator, England & Wales
Ann is a former solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in family law. She is a trained Samaritan and joined LawCare in 2005.
Coordinator, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Trish practised as a solicitor in England for over 10 years, specialising in family law, and is now based in Edinburgh. She joined LawCare in 2005.
Gemma joined LawCare in January 2018 having worked in communications for charities including Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the British Dupuytren's Society, and NHS England.
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.
Robert Venables is a retired solicitor (E&W & former Charity Commissioner and Council member of LS(E&W). A founding trustee of LawCare, he is proud of having helped it to grow.
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. He is Senior Vice President of the Law Society of Northern Ireland.
Paul worked in a “high street” practice for some 50 years before retiring in 2009, his primary field of work was commercial transaction both property and corporate.
Iain is a partner in a large London firm where he is head of litigation and dispute resolution.
A Solicitor since 1980, Valerie has been a Council Member since 2009. Along with her role as one of the Irish Trustees for LawCare, Valerie sits on a number of Task Forces and Working Groups within the Law Society. She also serves on The Education Committee, and is vice-chair of The Guidance and Ethics Committee.
Louise Campbell has been a LawCare Trustee since 2008. She is a solicitor in the Law Society of Ireland’s Policy and Public Affairs Department. She qualified as a solicitor in 2001. Prior to joining the Society Louise worked in private practice.
Andrew Caplen 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.
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.
Helen Whiteman is Chief Executive of CILEx Regulation. She joined CILEx in 2008 as head of corporate affairs having served as director of member services at LawNet. She became chief operating officer at CILEx in 2012, and was responsible for overseeing CILEx’s membership, qualifications, journal, international and regulatory affairs functions.
Kayleigh Leonie qualified as a solicitor in July 2012 and specialises in employment law. Kayleigh has been involved with the Junior Lawyers Division of The Law Society (JLD) since 2010 and is extremely passionate about the resilience and wellbeing of junior lawyers in England and Wales.
At the heart of LawCare’s work is our network of over 100 volunteers. These are people from across the legal community who want to help others: some have overcome their own problems, while others have transitioned from law to the helping professions. Some of our volunteers are trained to take calls on the Helpline, and others offer ongoing one-to-one support.
Helpline Volunteer Training 2016
You really helped me when I was being bullied and did not know where to turn. You made me feel sane again, as I was beginning to wonder if the way I was being treated was normal
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