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David Russell KC published in Asia-Pacific Trusts Law, Volume 2

Outer Temple’s David Russell KC has written a chapter in the latest edition of Asia-Pacific Trusts Law (Volume 2) on adaptation in a Civil Law and Sharia context.

Asia-Pacific Trusts Law, Volume 2; Adaptation in Context, published by Hart Publishing, is now available to purchase online on This edition, edited by Ying Khai Liew and Ying Chieh Wu, features David Russell KC in Part III Commercial Adaptation. He contributes Chapter 8 to the edition, on ‘Adaptation in a Civil Law and Sharia Context: Trusts and Foundations in the Gulf Region’.

This book brings together leading legal scholars and practitioners from across the Asia-Pacific region to probe the ways in which trusts law has been adapted by various jurisdictions, and to analyse their causes and effects. The contributions discuss how the trust structure, with its inherent malleability, has been adapted to meet a diverse set of local needs, including social, religious, economic, commercial, or even historical needs. But in most instances, those needs – and the ways in which trusts law has been adapted to meet them – are not unique to a single jurisdiction: they often (coincidentally or otherwise) find much in common with others. By making its readers aware of the commonality of needs in Asia-Pacific, this book also aims to encourage coordination and cooperation in utilising trusts law to address shared concerns across the region.

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David Russell KC commenced legal practice in 1974. He is admitted to practise in Australia, England and Wales (Lincoln’s Inn), the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre, New York (as a Legal Consultant), New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

He currently practises in Dubai, London, and Abu Dhabi (Outer Temple Chambers), Sydney (Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers) and Brisbane (Sir Harry Gibbs Chambers). He has acted for Commonwealth and State Governments as well as individuals and corporations. David was President of the Taxation Institute of Australia from 1993 to 1995, and of the Asia Oceania Tax Consultants’ Association from 1996 to 2000.

He has lectured at the University of Sydney for the Master of Taxation course, the University of Queensland for the Master of Laws course and served as an Adjunct Professor of the University of Queensland. He is the co-editor of the Oxford University Press Journal Trusts & Trustees.

He was the Inaugural Chairman of the STEP International Client Special Interest Group, was Deputy Chair and a director of STEP and a member of its World Wide Council and various Committees, and is a co-chair of the United Arab Emirates Chapter of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Section, an Academician of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, a Member of the Middle East and North Africa Branch Committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (UK), a member of the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers, a Freeman of the City of London and an Honorary Member of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong. In 2016 he chaired the DIFC’s Wealth Management Review Working Group.

To find out more, contact Matt Sale +44 (0)20 7427 4910 for a confidential discussion.

Private Client & Trusts, Legal Blog & Publications, International 21 Dec, 2022


David Russell KC

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