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David Russell KC


The Reciprocal Enforcement of Civil Judgments Between India and the UAE

David Russell AM QC ‘s article on ‘The Reciprocal Enforcement of Civil Judgments Between India and the UAE’ was recently published in the MENA Business Law Review. The Agreement between the United Arab Emirates and India on Juridical and Judicial Cooperation in Civil and Commercial Matters was signed in 1999 and ratified in 2000. In January 2020, the Government of India notified the UAE as a “reciprocating territory” for the purposes of recognising UAE civil judgments in India without a re-examination of the merits of the underlying dispute. The Treaty is a reflection of the close cultural and economic ties between the two countries. The mutual recognition of civil judgments between a civil law jurisdiction and a common law jurisdiction…

External Publications 8 Oct, 2020

David Russell QC appointed as Executive Editor to the DIFC Academy Editorial Board

We are delighted to announce the appointment of David Russell QC as Executive Editor to the Editorial Board for the DIFC Academy – School of Law publications. In the coming months, David Russell QC, alongside the Editorial Board will be responsible for working with DIFC Academy’s publishing partner, LexisNexis to produce Volume 4 of the DIFC Law Commentaries, in addition to revising Volume 1. These are high quality reference books for lawyers, judges, academics and students relating to DIFC Statutory Laws and evolving body of Common Law. You can view and purchase these publications here: Editorial Board David joins Jacques Visser, Chief Legal Officer at DIFC Authority, who has been appointed Editor-In-Chief. Jacques leads the Legal Affairs division of the…

News 18 Aug, 2020

Webinar – MEASA private wealth opportunities during uncertain times

Enabling legal structures that protect and grow wealth. Join David Russell QC, Vistra and DIFC on 13th May for a webinar on private wealth opportunities in the Middle East. Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA)  remains a top 3 global region for growth of private wealth after APAC and Latin America. Over $3T of private wealth and $3T of sovereign capital is available in the GCC alone. By 2023, the UNHW population in UAE is expected to grow by 15%. Demand for personal and family wealth continues to grow rapidly yet wealth management remains underpenetrated with a disproportionate amount of wealth still held in bank deposits. The DIFC has become one of the largest wealth centres between Europe and…

Events 11 May, 2020

Webinar: Best Practices in Waqf Management

You are invited to join a webinar on Tuesday 7 April (11am GMT) on the basic principles of endowments, awqaf, and the frameworks required. As part of their ‘Governance in Philanthropy Series’, The Pearl Initiative is delighted to invite you to participate in an upcoming webinar on Tuesday, 7th April from 3:00 – 4:00 pm (Gulf Standard Time), to discuss the basic principles of endowments, awqaf, and the frameworks required to govern this vehicle to ensure its sustainability. Led by David Russell QC, of Outer Temple Chambers, this webinar will highlight ways to maximise social investment through awqaf, and underline international best practices in establishing, managing, sustaining and investing in awqaf. More specifically, the presentation will delve into the following…

Events 2 Apr, 2020

Outer Temple Chambers join a panel of experts for the DIFC Employee Workplace Savings Scheme Seminar

The DIFC has issued its proposals for replacing the existing end of service gratuity regime with a mandatory workplace savings schemes into which employers must (and employees may) contribute. Following the announcement by the DIFC Authority to introduce the DIFC Employee Workplace Savings Scheme (DEWS) on Wednesday 1 January 2020, Jersey Finance in association with the Outer Temple Chambers and Stephenson Harwood will hold a two-hour seminar during which the new proposed structure, the DEWS draft legislation, employers’ options in terms of providers, and some practical recommendations for DIFC businesses will be discussed. On Monday 18th November, members of Outer Temple Chambers (drafters of the legislation) alongside a panel of experts from the DIFC Authority and Stephenson Harwood law will…

News 14 Nov, 2019

David Russell QC listed in the 2019 edition of Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite Directory

We are delighted to announce that David Russell QC has been listed in the 2019 edition of Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite Directory. David is one of only 13 silks recommended in the Private Client category. The listing, published by Legal Week, serves as a highly respected global directory of the world’s top private client, trusts and estates litigation talent, as well as rising stars within the industry. The directory is used by the legal community looking for referrals, family offices and professional advisers. David currently practises in Dubai, London, New York and Abu Dhabi at Outer Temple Chambers. David has had a stellar year completing and implementing the DIFC’s Wealth Management Review, including enactment of new Foundations and Trust…

News 13 Sep, 2019

Advocacy training at the DIFC Academy of Law, with Keith Bryant QC and Jonathan Hand QC

As part of the newly-created Certificate in Common Law and DIFC Courts Practice, Keith Bryant QC and Jonathan Hand QC have successfully delivered training on Appeal Advocacy and judged the final Advocacy Assessment Exercises for students at the DIFC Academy of Law in Dubai. The group was made up of some twenty aspiring trial lawyers, all of whom have benefitted from three sessions of advocacy training run by Outer Temple barristers John McKendrick QC, James Counsell QC, Fiona Horlick QC and Benjimin Burgher, since the beginning of 2019. Jonathan Hand QC commented: “This was a very rewarding opportunity to teach advocacy in a different environment, to a diverse group of students, many of whom didn’t come from a common law background,…

News 3 May, 2019

Equity in an Age of Uncertainty: Big Data, Confidentiality & Fiduciary Liability

David Russell QC Deputy Chair of STEP Worldwide, was invited to present The QUT (Queensland University of Technology) Faculty of Law 18th Annual W A Lee Equity Lecture last week in Queensland, Australia. The W A Lee Equity Lecture is held yearly in honour of foremost equity and trusts academic and author Honorary Professor W A ‘Tony’ Lee. Abstract As trusts are increasingly used as commercial and wealth management vehicles, they are becoming subject to regulation which is drafted without consideration of the specific needs of trusts and those connected with them. At the same time, there is an increasing disconnect between fiduciary principles and public behaviour in the political and corporate realms. During his lecture, David highlighted a number…

News 28 Nov, 2018

Outer Temple Chambers wins prestigious STEP Private Client Award

Outer Temple Chambers has won the Chambers of the Year category at the STEP Private Client Awards, which took place last night in London. Held by STEP, the worldwide professional association for those advising families across generations, the Awards are highly regarded as a celebration of excellence across the private client world. All entries go through a rigorous, practitioner-led judging process to select the best in the industry. The Chambers of the Year category had a strong set of finalists, with Outer Temple Chambers beating New Square Chambers, Old Square Tax Chambers, St John’s Chambers, and Wilberforce Chambers to the prize. The Judges said: ‘This modern, progressive chambers delivers a fresh and innovative approach to staff and clients. In particular…

News 8 Nov, 2018

Outer Temple Chambers – at GTAP and Private Investor Middle East

The Ulaanbaatar Declaration David Russell QC is one of the authors of The Ulaanbaatar Declaration, which was signed by the Global Tax Advisers Platform (“GTAP”) on 12 September 2018. The Declaration sets out key priorities in international taxation, and promotes international cooperation among tax advisers, and optimisation of the national and international taxation framework. GTAP is an international platform that gathers national and international organisations of tax professionals from all around the world. The representatives of CFE Tax Advisers Europe, The Asia-Oceania Tax Consultants’ Association, The West African Union of Tax Institutes, The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, The International Association of Financial Executives Institutes, and The Association of Mediterranean Auditors have all signed, presented and executed the Declaration.…

News 26 Sep, 2018

Delighted to be finalists for the 2018/19 STEP Private Client Awards

Outer Temple Chambers is proud to have been shortlisted in the category of ‘Chambers of the Year’ at the 2018/19 STEP Private Client Awards. A winner will be nominated for each category and all winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 7th November 2018. We congratulate our barristers in the Private Client team for this great achievement and wish them the best of luck.

News 6 Aug, 2018

Private Client Global Elite 2018 – David Russell AM QC

We are pleased and proud to announce that David Russell QC has been listed for the second year running in ‘The Private Client Global Elite 2018’ published by Legal Week. The Private Client Global Elite 2018 publication is the list of the world’s elite lawyers advising Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) clients. Launched in 2017, it continues to serve as a valuable reference tool and directory for all clients and peers looking for the leading advisers, talent and rising stars in the trusts and private client world. An official gala dinner in London this autumn will highlight and recognise the achievement, excellence and success of the 250 Global Elite trust and private client lawyers worldwide. For more information please click here. David Russell, AM, QC…

News 19 Jul, 2018

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