Russell is a criminal defence specialist with experience defending in a range of cases including serious violence, fraud, and drug supply. He is particularly interested in public order, protest, and terrorism.
He has also represented clients in the parole board and prison adjudications as well as before the mental health tribunal.
Russell accepts instructions from the public under the Direct Access Scheme.
Russell is a criminal defence specialist with a particular interest in cases involving protest, public order, and terrorism.
Acquittal of a prominent Ethiopian opposition activist of seven counts of possession of material likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism and a count of attending a place used for terrorist training. Led by Hossein Zahir.
R v JE  Southwark crown court
Represented one of a group charged with fraud arising from a multi-million pound land banking ‘boiler room’ fraud. The case received national press and television coverage:
R v RH & others  Kingston crown court
Represented one of a gang who committed a series of burglaries in the south east attracting media attention owing to one of the homes belonging to a professional footballer.
R v MC & others  Snaresbrook crown court
Seven-week trial of a number of people prosecuted for affray following an eviction of a squat in East London. Hung jury. Crown did not seek retrial.
R v TP  Blackfriars crown court
Acquittal of man charged with possession of a bladed article following the police attendance a domestic disturbance.
R v AS  Luton crown court
Trial of defendant charged with robbery and car jacking.
R v GL  Blackfriars crown court
Trial of vulnerable client under section charged with robbery with a knife.
R v SA  Snaresbrook crown court
Client acquitted of dangerous driving.
R v MA  Inner London crown court Importation of heroin
R v SK  Oxford crown court
Secured a suspended sentence for two counts of making a false statutory declaration for defendant convicted following trial.
R v TC & anor  Hove trial centre
Acquittal after a four-day trial for a woman charged with obstructing a drugs search following a police raid on her home.
R v AH  Bristol crown court
Acquittal after a five-day trial for a young defendant of Somali origin after being accused of a racially motivated assault.
R v JG & others  Willesden magistrates’ court
Represented a group of activists tried following direct action protests against the evictions of residents of the Sweets Way estate in Barnet, north London.
R v KM & others  Cardiff magistrates’ court
Represented a group of Tamil protesters tried for public order offences following a protest at an international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India.
Russell is experienced in defending clients exercising their right to protest. He also appears before the parole board and is interested in cases where crime, humans rights and public law meet.
R v SE, PS, PT  City of London magistrates' court
Represented three people charged with failing to comply with a section 14 condition placed on an assembly. The case concerned the Extinction Rebellion protests in central London in April this year and was reported in the Guardian. Russell is instructed on a number of other cases concerning the same protests.
R v JG & others  Willesden magistrates' court
Represented a group of activists tried following direct action protests against the evictions of residents of the Sweets Way Estate in Barnet, north London.
R v KM & others  Cardiff magistrates' court
Represented a group of Tamil protesters tried for public order offences following a protest at an international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India. The case received local media coverage
Russell joined Garden Court in March 2016. Before the law he worked for a number of years in local government including four years as a Special Educational Needs Assessment Officer for the London Borough of Brent. He was also a shop steward for the GMB trade union and was recognised for his contribution to trade unionism with awards from both the GMB and the Trade Unions Congress, in 2006 and 2007 respectively. In 2016, he spent 12 months working as a political adviser to the Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon MP. His work included speech writing, briefing, and policymaking. He assisted with the Justice section of the Labour Party’s 2017 general election manifesto.
Russell was previously a caseworker at the human rights firm Birnberg Peirce & Partners. During his time there he assisted the work of solicitors in national security cases, particularly Control Orders and Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures and before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac). He assisted with the case W (Algeria) & ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department  UKSC 8 concerning whether Siac had the power to make an order for an absolute and irreversible guarantee of confidentiality in respect of a witness’s identity and evidence before disclosing that information to the secretary of state.
He is the chair of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers and a member of the Administrative Law Bar Association, Bar Human Rights Committee, Criminal Bar Association, Human Rights Lawyers Association, and Liberty.
Russell regularly writes articles on legal issues and legal aid and has been published by the New Statesman, New Left Project, and Labour Briefing.
'Justice is not for sale', New Left Project
Certificate of Honour, Middle Temple
- Bar Vocational Course (BVC) (Outstanding)
- College of Law Graduate Diploma of Law (GDL)
- College of Law LLB, College of Law
- Master of Arts (MA), Joint Honours History and Philosophy, University of Glasgow
- Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers (chair)
- Administrative Law Bar Association
- Bar Human Rights Committee
- Criminal Bar Association
- Human Rights Lawyers Association