Russell Stewart > Fee Langstone > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Fee Langstone
New Zealand




After graduating from the University of Auckland, Russell worked for two years in a large commercial law firm in Auckland. He then practiced in Sydney at a leading Australian commercial and insurance firm for over 10 years before returning to New Zealand in 2010, where he joined Fee Langstone at their predecessor firm, Jones Fee. Russell has represented clients in the legal, financial, accounting, auditing, mining, chemical, forestry and property industries, and became a partner of Fee Langstone in 2019.

He has extensive experience advising on policy coverage, conducting commercial litigation and providing advice on a range of legal issues. Russell has particular expertise in professional indemnity insurance/commercial litigation – including solicitors and barristers, auditors, accountants, financial brokers and real estate agents and Directors’ and Officers’ Liability insurance.

Russell also has considerable experience with disciplinary complaints made against professionals. He has represented clients in relation to complaints made against solicitors, barristers, accountants and auditors.

Russell is admitted to practice in the High Court of New Zealand, the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Federal and High Courts of Australia.


New Zealand Law Society
Auckland District Law Society
New Zealand Insurance Law Association
Australian Professional Indemnity Group, New Zealand (founding NZ Committee member)

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Dispute resolution

Fee Langstone in Auckland is best known for its insurance expertise, but its work for major domestic and overseas insurers has led it to develop a strong foothold in commercial litigation for its insurer clients’ insured organisations. The firm, which joins this year’s ranking, has been involved in some of the most significant commercial disputes in New Zealand and represented one of the defendants in the Feltex class-action shareholder claim, which went to the Supreme Court in 2018. Last year, the firm handled matters in District Courts, High Courts and the Court of Appeal. Philippa Fee, Pauline Davies, Matthew Atkinson and newly promoted Russell Stewart are the lead litigation partners.

New Zealand > Insurance

Fee Langstone in Auckland is a specialist insurance and commercial litigation practice consisting of seven partners following the promotion of newly promoted partners Virginia Wethey and Russell Stewart. The firm acts for numerous major domestic and overseas insurers. Name partners Philippa Fee (who is ‘fiercely intelligent but takes a pragmatic and commercial approach to the resolution of insurance disputes‘) and Craig Langstone, along with property insurance specialist Cecily Brick, are among the market’s leading lights. Pauline Davies is a leading adviser on marine insurance. The firm’s formal relationship with Clyde & Co LLP has expanded its work in many areas, notably cyber insurance, and Langstone now leads a Data Breach Response team together with external providers of data forensics recovery, public relations crisis management and business interruption forensic accounting.