- Senior Partner: Patrick Russell
- Number of partners: 102
- Other fee-earners: 286
- Total staff: 600
THE FIRM Charles Russell is a leading law firm based in London with regional and overseas offices, providing a wide range of legal services to companies, institutions and individuals both nationally and internationally with a particular focus on certain sectors: charities and not-for-profit, energy and natural resources, family, healthcare, private wealth, real property, retail, design and leisure, sports and media and technology and communications. The firm’s proposition is to provide highly commercial, wide-view advice in our areas of specialism. The firm is experienced in carrying out cross-border corporate and commercial work. Services are integrated across three offices in the UK and two overseas offices: London, Cheltenham, Guildford, Geneva and Bahrain; and are provided by highly motivated and talented people. Charles Russell’s commitment to training and development, and its unity of purpose, are key reasons for being known as a friendly practice to work with and work at.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Charities & Not-for-Profit: Educational, religious, environmental, medical, arts and other charities, professional bodies and institutions.
Energy & Natural Resources: Mining companies, the oil and gas industry, clean-tech companies, and those that invest in them, in particular in emerging markets.
Family: Individuals, both in the UK and overseas and intermediaries, such as IFA’s, accountants, banks, doctors and counsellors.
Healthcare: Pharmacy and pharmaceutical companies, pharmacists, care home providers, dentists, vets and other healthcare providers and representative bodies.
Private Wealth: High net worth individuals and their businesses in the UK and internationally, entities associated with them (such as companies, funds, partnerships and trusts) and their intermediary advisers (such as family offices, private banks, accountants and asset managers).
Property: International private and institutional property investors, banks, social housing providers, SIPPS advisers, corporate occupiers and developers.
Retail, Design & Leisure: High street retailers, leisure suppliers, fashion houses, fashion supply chain, restaurants, leisure suppliers.
Sports & Media: Sports regulatory bodies, sponsors, sports clubs, individual sportsmen and women.
Technology and Communications: Telecoms providers, clean-tech companies, IT companies, Government departments and foreign governments.
Corporate/Commercial: The group advises on a wide range of issues, including flotations, M&As, outsourcing, venture capital financing, banking, institutional funding arrangements, MBOs and MBIs, all commercial contracts, business start-ups, tax, joint ventures, and EU and competition issues.
Corporate Recovery & Insolvency: The group handles the full range of corporate recovery, restructuring, business support and insolvency requirements for Insolvency Practitioners, SME’s, FTSE listed companies, factors and invoice discounters, individuals, commercial landlords, company directors, shareholders, banks and other financial organisations, as well as for borrowers themselves.
Employment & Pensions: Charles Russell has one of the largest employment and pensions teams in the UK, providing a comprehensive service. The team advises companies and organisations, as well as individuals, in this fast-changing area.
Intellectual Property: The team has expertise in all types of contentious and non-contentious work, including copyright, patents, trademarks, registered designs, database rights, passing off and confidential information.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution: The group handles all types of litigation, arbitration and mediation both in the UK and internationally. Members of the group have particular expertise in commercial disputes, sports regulation, judicial review and pharmacy law.