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Russell Butland



Butland Russell
Russell Butland



Russell has experience in advising major international corporations and financial institutions on a wide range of commercial disputes in the English Courts and international arbitration proceedings.

He has particular expertise in insurance disputes, regularly acting for policyholders in high value, complex claims under professional indemnity, directors and officers, property damage and business interruption, and trade credit and political risk claims. He also has particular expertise acting for defendants in competition damages claims. Russell has been awarded Higher Rights of Audience (Civil), and he also sits as a Recorder (a part-time judge) in the Family courts, having previously sat as a Legally Qualified Chair of Medical Practitioner Tribunals.

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Publications: 12 January 2022

The Insurance Disputes Law Review – Edition 4

The fourth edition of the Insurance Disputes Law Review has been released.

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Publications: 22 July 2021

New legal test for professional negligence: Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton

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Publications: 02 December 2020

Court of Appeal restates the legal principles applicable to the sanction of Part VII transfers of insurance businesses

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Publications: 27 March 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: are you protected under your Business Interruption Policy?

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Experience highlights



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Appointed as a Recorder to the London and South Eastern Circuit, 2019

Appointed as a Legally Qualified Chair of Medical Practitioner Tribunals, 2017

Awarded Higher Rights of Audience (Civil), 2014

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2010


BA, PPE, Oxford University, 2006

Pro-bono experience

  • Participating in the scheme set up by Lord Justice Jackson to provide pro-bono representation to litigants-in-person applying for permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal;
  • Acting for Bail for Immigration Detainees as an intervener in in BA & Ors v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] EWCA Civ 944.
  • Volunteering as a school governor of Brentford School for Girls in West London for a number of years, and more recently to sit on Education Appeals Panels for Harrow Local Education Authority.
  • Volunteering at the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens’ Advice Bureau, on Liberty’s public advice line, and running the 2013 London Marathon to raise funds for Liberty.


Published work

  • Author of England & Wales Chapter of The Insurance Disputes Review, First to Third Editions (2018 to 2020).
  • Author of United Kingdom chapter of Insurance Litigation 2017 and 2018, published by Getting The Deal Through.
  • “Brexit: Corporate Communications And UK Election Laws,” Law360 (Feb. 18, 2016), with Charles Borden and Samuel Brown.
  • Regular contributor to Allen & Overy LLP's monthly Litigation Review publication and Compact Contract blog.