After graduating from the University of Auckland, Russell worked for two years in a large commercial law firm in Auckland. Russell then practiced in Sydney in a leading Australian commercial and insurance firm for over 10 years before returning to New Zealand in 2010, where he joined the partners of Fee Langstone at their predecessor firm, Jones Fee.

Russell has extensive experience advising on policy coverage, conducting commercial litigation and providing advice on a range of legal issues. Russell has particular expertise in professional indemnity insurance – including solicitors, financial brokers, real estate agents and accountants and Directors’ and Officers’ Liability insurance.

Russell has represented clients in the legal, financial, accounting, auditing, mining, chemical, forestry and property industries.

Russell is admitted to practice in the High Court of New Zealand, the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Federal and High Courts of Australia.

Contact details


DDI | 09 373 0120
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Legal Secretary | Sherryn Flower
Legal Secretary’s DDI | 09 366 5803
Legal Secretary’s Email |

Work highlights

  • Successfully acting and appearing as counsel for one of the defendants in the Feltex shareholder class action High Court trial.  Subsequently acting on the appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

  • Acting for a major accounting firm on a $700 million auditor negligence claim.

  • Acting in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court hearings in relation to champerty/maintenance and litigation funding issues.

  • Acting and appearing as counsel in the High Court on a solicitor’s negligence claim for in excess of $100 million involving multiple parties and complex issues of taxation.

  • Acting for solicitors, real estate agents and accountants in relation to complaints and disciplinary matters.

  • Acting for a prominent barrister involving a dispute over the resolution of separate High Court proceedings.

  • When working for an Australian firm, obtaining an injunction against the Sydney Opera House Trust (the trust that administers and manages the Sydney Opera House).

Professional associations

  • New Zealand Law Society

  • New Zealand Insurance Lawyers Association (NZILA)