Russell previously worked for major international law firms and also ran his own practice. He specialises in commercial property and its development, buying, selling and managing sole and multi-occupied retail, office, industrial, residential and leisure sites and setting up different types of joint venture, secured funding and option arrangements. Russell has particular expertise in the hospitality sector, frequently acting on hotel business transfers and management agreements.

Whom he works for

  • Corporates
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Owner-managed businesses
  • Lenders
  • Charities

Experience Highlights

  • Acting for Harrogate Borough Council on redevelopment of the town’s market building;
  • Representing Citicorp on acquisition and development of London’s Billingsgate market;
  • Redevelopment for BP of the original “Bakelite” chemicals site in Birmingham;
  • New Lease of Royal Horseguards hotel for Thistle Hotels plc;
  • Reorganisation of debenture borrowing for Thistle hotels plc and disposal of 30 of its regional hotels;
  • Representing Lehman Brothers on disposal of various leisure interests
  • Acquisition of various hotels portfolios for Hand Picked Hotels;
  • Acquisition of 14 garden centres for Terra Firma Capital partners;
  • Disposal of the Crown Spa Hotel, Scarborough;
  • Management contract for hotel business owned by Caparo Group plc
  • Advising HGF Patent Lawyers on their office portfolio and leases.

Previous Law Firms

  • Lupton Fawcett LLP
  • Davidson Webber Plc
  • Dibb Lupton Broomhead (now DLA Piper)
  • Linklaters


  • Oxford University

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