• University of Bristol, B.A. Modern Languages (2007) First Class Honours
  • City University, London, Graduate Diploma in Law (2016) Distinction
  • University of Law, London, Bar Professional Training Course (2017) Outstanding


  • England and Wales (barrister)


  • Spanish (Intermediate)
  • French (Conversational)

David Russell, CFA

Associate (Barrister)

A practicing barrister with full rights of audience before the English courts, David advises clients on all aspects of English civil litigation and international commercial arbitration. He is particularly suited to cases involving financial or numerical evidence, having spent several years as an investment banker before coming to the law.

David has acted for clients in complex and high-value disputes involving civil fraud, product liability, defamation, cybersecurity, and breach of contract. He has experience across multiple industry sectors, including financial services, insurance, media, automotive, property, and construction.

Before joining the firm, David completed pupillage at XXIV Old Buildings (a leading set of commercial chancery chambers), prior to which he spent a year as judicial assistant to Sir Geoffrey Vos (then Chancellor of the High Court). In both capacities, he was exposed to a broad range of commercial, financial services, fraud, trust, and probate disputes in the English High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as various matters concerning the nature and scope of legal professional privilege.

As a law student, David was awarded the Lincoln’s Inn Lord Mansfield Scholarship, Hardwicke Entrance Award and Buchanan Prize; the University of Law Provost’s Award for Excellence; and the City University / 1 Chancery Lane Prize for Tort Law.

Prior to his legal studies, David spent several years as an investment banker working on international mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings in the technology sector, and obtained the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He enjoys bringing his fluency with numerical data and analysis to his commercial cases.


Professional Activities and Memberships

  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn
  • CFA Institute, CFA UK

Representative Matters

  • Representing an engineering company in international arbitration proceedings against its main contractor on a construction project, the total value of which (including claims and counterclaims) exceeds £50 million.
  • Acting for a global trade finance fund in its £15 million constructive trust and unjust enrichment claim in the English High Court against a counterparty to one of its borrowers.
  • Advising a property development company on potential claims and counterclaims arising out of a joint venture agreement, and termination of the same.
  • Advising a multinational corporate on its response to a data subject access request made under the UK General Data Protection Regulation.
  • Defended a national newspaper against a defamation claim in the English High Court, before agreeing to a settlement with the claimant.
  • Acted for Dana UK Axle Limited (a UK subsidiary of global automotive equipment supplier Dana Incorporated) in its product liability claim in the English High Court against Freudenberg FST GmbH, one of its component suppliers. After a successful application during trial to exclude the Defendant’s technical expert evidence ([2021] EWHC 1413 (TCC)), the Court found fully in Dana’s favor, awarding it more than £11 million in damages (the entire amount claimed) and an indemnity for future losses, as well as interest and costs ([2021] EWHC 1751 (TCC)).
  • Acted for a multinational trade credit insurer in: (i) defending a breach of contract claim brought against it in the English High Court; (ii) bringing a counterclaim against the insured for breach of its duty of fair presentation under the Insurance Act 2015; and (iii) ultimately agreeing a settlement with the insured.

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June 30, 2021 LITIGATION NOTE: Crowell & Moring Wins in English High Court for Dana UK Axle in Long-Running Breach of Contract Case