2002, Lincoln's Inn
Personal Injury Bar Association,
Family Bar Association
BA (Hons) Economics, IIi, Durham University, (Hatfield College). Post Graduate Diploma in Law, Nottingham Law School. BVC, Nottingham Law School
Russell practices exclusively in the field of personal injury work, representing both Claimants and Defendants in cases involving significant injuries following accidents in the workplace, high value public liability disputes, serious road traffic accidents, medical and cosmetic negligence claims, and accidents abroad. His work in the area of insurance fraud includes advising in large and complex “fraud rings” and cases involving allegations of exaggeration and malingering.
Russell has developed a significant depth of expertise and experience in personal injury work. He is very much a “trial lawyer” and attends court on a regular basis, which gives him an invaluable insight into the current court approach to various issues. He is often instructed in contentious and high value proceedings involving significant disputes of fact and complex medical causation issues. He is regularly instructed in Multi-Track cases with values from £50,000 to in excess of £500,000 and has experience of being led in very high value cases. Russell is well versed in negotiating resolutions at joint settlement meetings.
With a background in economics and finance, (including a stint working in the City in corporate finance), Russell is adept at working with figures. He combines a friendly and approachable manner with a keen eye for detail and appreciation of commercial considerations, which is regarded as a key asset by his clients. He is regularly complimented on his ability to “get on” with his lay clients and to work within a team to secure the best possible outcome for his client. This approach has led to regular instructions from a broad range of loyal clients, including many of the country’s leading insurers, local authorities and national firms of solicitors.
As part of his commitment to developing solid working relationships, Russell often provides seminars to his solicitor and insurer clients.
Recent seminars include:
• PL and EL Update
• Loss of Earnings: unraveling Ogden
• Significant lower limb injuries
• Maximising Damages
• Limitation Update
Sample of recent interesting cases:
• Instructed by a claimant following a serious road traffic accident which resulted in a traumatic above-elbow amputation of the arm. The case involved complex issues of contributory negligence and significant expert medical evidence. Negotiations at a JSM (led by Ian Little) resulted in a settlement of approximately £1 million.
• Instructed by a local authority in an alleged tripping accident which was said to have resulted in significant injury and ongoing pain. At trial, (following robust cross-examination of the claimant), issues of capacity were raised. The claim was ultimately successfully defended.
• Instructed by the adult children of the deceased who died following a motor accident. The case involved significant dispute as to the nature and extent of the deceased’s earnings, (illegality issues arose), whether it was appropriate to depart from the usual “Harris v Empress Motors” approach and the nature and extent of the dependency of the adult children.
• Instructed by a large insurer in respect of suspected fraudulent road traffic accident claim. The matter was ultimately successfully defended and exemplary damages were secured for the insurer client.
• Instructed by a dependant wife following the tragic and traumatic death of her husband whilst in prison. The claim involved claims under the Human Rights Act, as well as complex issues as to the nature and extent of the dependency that could be claimed.
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