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Russell’s specialist areas of practice are distinct and truly diverse and in particular property litigation; healthcare and Inquests and commercial and contract disputes. Property; specialist in all areas of property and landlord and tenant litigation and in professional negligence claims arising from property transactionsIclaims. He has recently worked for a number of developers on a number of claims for damages arising from rescission of sale contracts entered into prior to the recent financial crisis. These claims have involved issues as to validity of contracts, misrepresentation and alleged lack of authority on the part of solicitor. He has also been successful in recovering significant sums over £1m on behalf of financial bridging companies arising from fraudulent property transactions by way of claims for breach of warranty of authority from solicitors acting for the fraudster. He is regularly instructed by large commercial landlords and tenants concerning significant properties in Central London. He has recently advised in relation to a number of significant issues and claims including issues as to redevelopment, effect of reservations, business lease renewals and opposing grants of new leases and the validity of exercise of break clauses. He also regularly advises and appears in claims involving undue influence, the validity of forfeiture (eg Patel, Rizvi & Mardaymootoo v MRD Properties [201 OJ EWCA Civ 727), rectification of contract and/or of the Land Register (eg Barclays Bank v Guy [201 OJ EWCA Civ 1396) constructive trusts (eg Samad v Thompson [2008} EWHC 2809 (Cit) as well as in leasehold enfranchisement, claims service charge recovery, challenging rent review arbitrations (Bromley Park Garden Estates v Mallen & Maunder Taylor  EWHC 609) for adverse possession, concerning boundaries, trespass and nuisance. Healthcare and Inquests: acts is a number of sensitive cases concerning treatment of babies, children and vulnerable adults both under the inherent jurisdiction of the court and under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. He acts for a number of NHS Trusts and notably Kings College NHS Foundation Trust in such claims and inquests. Commercial/contract: appears in a broad range of general commercial disputes arising from breaches of commercial contracts. By way of example he has acted for a Pizza franchise in claims concerning the validity of franchise agreements/breach of franchise agreements by franchisees including successfully opposing injunction applications upon the determination of such agreements. He is regularly instructed in partnership disputes, enforcement of liens, retention of title issues and company and shareholder disputes.
Called 1992; Inner Temple. 1992-2000 pupillage and tenancy – Chambers of Ronald Thwaites QC, 10 King’s Bench Walk, Temple, London – common law, crime, civil and children. 2000 to date Ely Place Chambers, 30 Ely Place, London, EC1N 6TD; 2013 appointed Deputy District Judge on Northern Circuit.
Property Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; Personal Injury Bar Association.
Blairgowrie High School, Perthshire, Scotland; Hertford College, University of Oxford (MA Jurisprudence).
Russell’s spare time is mostly spent engaging in activities with his young family, he is involved in the local Scout Group, likes hiking, cooking, good food and theatre and cinema but does not get to go as often as he would like.