James Russell is a Partner at Humphries Kerstetter with over 18 years’ experience of contentious commercial practice, noted in particular in the 2022 edition of Legal 500 for his derivatives disputes experience.
James has particular experience of complex financial disputes (often involving trust and company law issues) and professional negligence. He is also experienced in restrictive covenant and “team move” litigation. He has led multi-million pound claims in the City and also the Channel Islands.
Following Mark’s example, he is one of the few solicitor advocates to have appeared in the Commercial Court in London. He has also successfully appeared as the lead advocate in arbitral proceedings. He has been cited by leading directories and described by clients as “straight talking, robust and methodical”.
His current and recent cases include a £400m claim against Visa and Mastercard, a claim against the former administrators of One Blackfriars Ltd worth up to £250m and a £90m claim against RBS relating to an allegedly corrupt payment.
James trained at Linklaters LLP, qualifying into the Litigation Department in 2004. He remained with Linklaters until 2010 when he left to join Mark Humphries as his co-director at the firm which is now Humphries Kerstetter. He left the firm in 2013 and became a Partner and Head of Litigation at a leading regional practice. He re-joined the firm as a partner in 2017 following its conversion to an LLP.
James speaks English and fluent Spanish.
Relevant cases include financial product mis-selling and mis-management claims, funds and private equity disputes and shareholder actions. These include “top ten” cases as listed in “The Lawyer” magazine.