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Paul W.L. Russell

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Russell Advocaten B.V.

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Corporate and commercial law; Art law; Information Technology/Intellectual Property law; Litigation; Family Law.


Paul Russell is the senior partner of the law firm of Russell Advocaten, which he joined in 1976. Paul assists entrepreneurs in national and international disputes on corporate governance, contracts and real estate. Paul is a seasoned litigator, combining tenacity and creativity with profound legal expertise. He specializes in divorces involving large assets and enterprises. He also advises and represents art dealers, museums, art collectors in art related cases. His clients include international fashion and IT businesses, Embassies and Consulates, and affluent individuals. Paul was a member of the Dutch Senate for many years. He also works on the boards and supervisory boards of various charitable organizations.


1976: Lawyer at Russell Advocaten. Major publications: Dealing with the Dutch. An introduction to Dutch business law, Amsterdam, Russell Advocaten, 2015, 3rd, revised edition (1st edition: 2006). Unjustified Enrichment. A comparative study of the law of restitution, Amsterdam, VU University Press, 1996. De Regelen der Kunst (The Rules of Art), Amsterdam, VU University Press, 1989.


Dutch, English, French, German.


Dutch Bar Association, International Bar Association, Media and Communication Law Association, Dutch Lawyers Association. Supervisory board member of several organisations. Member of the Dutch Senate, 2003-2009, 2010-2011. Honorary Consul of Luxembourg. Vice president of the Corps Consulaire Amsterdam.


1976: LL.M. in Civil Law, VU University Amsterdam.

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