Senior Partner: Chris Organ
Managing Partner: Simon Esplen
Partners: 12 Senior Associates: 2
Assistants: 14 Other fee-earners: 3
THE FIRM Established in 1974 Russells is based in the West End of London in a former Radio One building and is known as a niche firm specialising in all areas of media, entertainment and leisure including music, sport, e-commerce, digital media and technology, theatre, television and film. The firm is consistently rated amongst the top firms in its field as well as having noted leading individuals in both professional guides and publications. Russells were the inaugral winner of the Music Week Awards ‘Law Firm of the Year 2017’.
The firm has grown steadily over the years and today has twelve partners and sixteen solicitors. In addition, there are two consultants (Brian Howard and James Wyllie), three trainee solicitors and a professional and disciplined support staff.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Russells’ core business is the negotiating of agreements in the entertainment industry, buying, structuring and selling companies, litigation, digital media and technology, employment and immigration advice; however it also undertakes private client work (such as wills, estate planning and probate), conveyancing and provides matrimonial and family advice. Its litigation department enjoys a reputation that is second to none, successfully representing its clients in numerous high profile and precedent-setting cases and, more recently, achieving notable successes in privacy and reputation management. The commercial department is highly respected with individuals who have been involved in some of the most significant deals within their industry over recent years, representing artists, writers, authors, sport and TV personalities and actors, as well as companies and industry organisations. Well regarded for its negotiating rigour and ability to conclude agreements, the firm’s outlook is always coupled with a sound, pragmatic approach in an ever-changing area of business.
The firm has a low profile and is known for the longevity of the relationships it enjoys with its clients, many of whom have been with the firm from the start of their careers, and who now enjoy worldwide fame and success.
Russells has grown organically to accommodate the increase in its client numbers and the breadth of its clientele. The reputation of the firm and word-of-mouth recommendation are the primary sources of business for Russells as opposed to aggressive advertising and promotion trading on the fame and notoriety of its clients.