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Victoria Russell

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Victoria is an extremely experienced construction law specialist and is highly regarded within the construction industry. Victoria’s dispute resolution work focuses on litigation, arbitration and adjudication claims for a wide range of clients including developers, universities, schools, main contractors, local authorities and private individuals. She has dealt with issues on projects ranging from offices and motorways to hospitals, laboratories, campus and housing developments, airports, factories, waste to energy plants and power stations in the United Kingdom and overseas. A number of her cases in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal have been reported. Victoria is experienced in all principal building and engineering contracts and sub contracts, professional appointments and bespoke forms of domestic and international construction contract, including facilities management and service agreements. Victoria has strong experience in the higher education sector where she acts for a number of leading universities. Victoria is a Technology and Construction Solicitors Association-registered adjudicator and a member of several adjudicator panels. She is a practising arbitrator and is also a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution accredited mediator with extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution.

Professional Memberships

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Chartered Institute of Building, and the Forum of the Built Environment; past chairman, Society of Construction Law (2000-02); past president, European Society of Construction Law (2001-02); first female Master of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators; past master of the Worshipful Company of Constructors; member of the International Bar Association and London Court of International Arbitration; honorary member, Society of Construction Law; awarded the Society of Construction Law's President's Medal 2018.


Trained Blyth Dutton, London; qualified 1981; partner Freedmans 1985; partner Fenwick Elliott 2000; consultant Fenwick Elliott 2018.


Co-author of ‘Resolving Construction Disputes’ published by Chandos in 1999 and ‘Construction Law and Management’ (Informa 2007). Victoria has written numerous articles on construction, arbitration, adjudication and alternative dispute resolution.


Lives in Hammersmith, married with two sons. Volunteer with Glass Door Homeless Charity, Management Committee Member of the Sulgrave Youth Club, Shepherd’s Bush. Non-Executive Director of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.