Russell is a partner in the Litigation and Financial Services Practice Group based in the Leeds office. He deals with contentious and non-contentious financial services issues (particularly consumer credit and payment services).
Russell has substantial expertise in matters involving consumer credit, products regulated by the FCA (formerly FSA) (including PPI, retail investments and regulated mortgage contracts) and disputes involving the sale and supply of goods and services and asset recovery (often involving vehicles, plant and machinery).
Russell regularly advises finance providers, motor dealers and retailers on (a) consumer law issues include sale and supply of goods and services, distance selling, off-premises contracts and investigations by regulatory bodies and (b) consumer credit issues including drafting compliant documentation, advising on procedures, signing-off credit advertisements and obtaining and retaining consumer credit licences and permissions.
Russell is the author of “Consumer Credit: Law, Practice & Precedent”’, which was published by Law Society Publishing in January 2012. He is also a contributor to Practical Law's consumer credit resources including (a) ensuring two standard loan agreements comply with various exemptions, (b) providing a questions and answers and (c) authoring a number of case reports.
Russell is retained by the Finance & Leasing Association to provide training to its members on consumer credit and motor finance issues. He has also designed, implemented and delivered a training programme for the whole of the dealer network of a multinational motor vehicle manufacturer.
Russell is an active member of the Finance & Leasing Association and regularly contributes notes to its members and presents at committee meetings. He has spoken at workshops and conferences.
Russell is recommended by Chambers UK as an "associate to watch". The rankings say he is "approachable and unflappable" with "significant experience in finance disputes and is praised as a ‘good strategist’ with an ‘in-depth knowledge of the Consumer Credit Act’”.
Russell also has significant experience in complicated dispute resolution matters and, in particular, disputes arising out of the compulsory purchase of land. He has acted for a mix of claimants and acquiring authorities in some well-known cases before the Lands Chamber of the Upper Tribunal (and previously the Lands Tribunal). He has particular expertise in business disturbance claims resulting from a CPO, both on relocation and extinguishment, and complex claims for development value of land taken (including ransom and marriage values, statutory disregards and hope value). Russell is a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association. Russell contributes to the section on compulsory purchase in the online database operated by iSurv.