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David Russell QC to speak at DIFC Family Business Master Workshop

Outer Temple’s David Russell QC will be speaking at the DIFC Family Business Master Workshop entitled ‘Structuring Family Business in Extraordinary Times’, which will be held on Thursday 15 September 2022 in Dubai. The DIFC Family Business Master Workshop ‘Structuring Family Business in Extraordinary Times’, is an event aimed to share recent updates on family business regulation and how the Centre responds to the needs of family-run institutions. Outer Temple’s David Russell QC will be sharing his expert knowledge on the topic of ‘structuring family businesses’. The event will be held on Thursday 15 September 2022 from 9:30 am – 11:00 am, at Waldorf Astoria- DIFC. Please click here to find out more and to register for the workshop. Find…

Events, Financial Services, International 8 Sep, 2022

David Russell QC to speak at FBCG’s 7th Annual Legal Roundtable

Outer Temple’s David Russell QC will be speaking at the FBCG’s 7th Annual Legal Roundtable, which will be taking place on September 8th 2022 at the Ritz Carlton DIFC in Dubai, UAE. The Family Business Council-Gulf (FBCG) is a non-profit membership organisation which aim to help facilitate the continuation of GCC family business across generations. The Legal Roundtable is an annual event where the region’s leading family principals and their legal counsels gather together to discuss their approach. Please click here to find out more about this event. Find out more David Russell QC 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…

Events, International 30 Aug, 2022

David Russell QC and Stephen Doherty successful in DIFC Court of Appeal

After a long running dispute, the DIFC Court of Appeal has dismissed the claim in Massun v Mousi & Ors. Outer Temple members, David Russell QC and Stephen Doherty, acted for the Second and Third Defendants. After a long running dispute, the DIFC Court of Appeal has dismissed the claim in Massun v Mousi & Ors. Outer Temple members, David Russell QC and Stephen Doherty, acted for the Second and Third Defendants. The Claimant had claimed to have a beneficial interest in the shares of certain companies at the top of two corporate structures. Two large assets were held in these corporate structures, registered to companies at the bottom of the structures. The Claimant claimed that the companies had tried…

News, International 2 Aug, 2022

David Russell QC contributed to Bloomberg Tax article ‘Navigating Estate and Succession Planning in the Middle East’

Outer Temple’s David Russell QC contributed to a Bloomberg Tax article called ‘Navigating Estate and Succession Planning in the Middle East’. The article explores the topic of proper estate and succession planning being key to Middle East families’ long-term financial security. David Russell QC contributed to a publication by Bloomberg Tax called ‘Navigating Estate and Succession planning in the Middle East’. The article draws upon the idea that there is a massive generational wealth transfer happening in the Middle East and that many families are unprepared for this. It then goes on to explain how wealth is distributed in different situations. Please click here to read the full article. This article was published on July 28th, 2022, and was primarily…

Private Client & Trusts, Legal Blog & Publications, International 1 Aug, 2022

David Russell QC published in ‘Lexis Middle East HR Alert’

Outer Temple’s David Russell QC was recently published in the Case Focus section of LexisNexis’ June 2022 Edition of ‘Lexis Middle East HR Alert’. ‘Lexis Middle East HR Alert’ is a magazine by LexisNexis providing HR professionals with relevant fast-moving legal changes and business developments impacting HR in the Middle East. Within the Case Focus section, David Russell QC addresses a DIFC Court proceeding case entitled ‘The Industrial Group Ltd v Abdelazim EI Shikh El Fadil Hamid’. The case involves allegations of a previous employee dishonestly transferring company group funds to his personal bank account. Within the Case Focus, David explores: what happened, the outcome and any particularly significant aspects of the case. Please click here to access the full…

Private Client & Trusts, Legal Blog & Publications, International 24 Jun, 2022

David Russell QC and Justina Stewart to speak at FIRE Middle East & TL4 Disputes: MENA Asset Recovery and Enforcement Challenges

David Russell QC and Justina Stewart are due to be speaking at FIRE Middle East & TL4 Disputes: MENA Asset Recovery and Enforcement Challenges this evening. Outer Temple’s David Russell QC and Justina Stewart will be speaking at FIRE Middle East & TL4 Disputes: MENA Asset Recovery and Enforcement Challenges which is being hosted by Keidan Harrison. The event will take place this evening from 6pm-9pm at Ashworth Centre, Lincoln’s Inn. The event is free to attend, click here to register now. Find out more: David Russell QC 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…

Events, International 9 Jun, 2022

David Russell QC acts successfully for Godolphin Australia Pty Ltd, owned by HH Ruler of Dubai, in thoroughbred horse breeding dispute

In Godolphin Australia Pty Ltd v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue, David Russell QC acted successfully for the plaintiff, with the Australian court finding that the thoroughbred horse breeding properties were exempt from land tax. Factors included, the uneconomic nature of the racing operations viewed as a stand-alone operation, as important reasoning for finding the dominant use of the land was for the maintenance of animals to sell their bodily produce.  The plaintiff, Godolphin Australia Pty Ltd, is part of the global thoroughbred breeding operation and horseracing team founded by the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Represented by David Russell QC, it sought a review under s97(1) of the Taxation Administration Act 1996 (NSW) of an unfavourable…

Private Client & Trusts, News, International 3 May, 2022

Cross Border Insolvencies Within One Nation: The UAE Experience

In one of the first expositions by the DIFC Court of the effect of Schedule 4 of the DIFC Insolvency Law, the case confirmed that the UNCITRAL Model Law applies in the DIFC only in relation to corporate insolvency. David Russell QC and David Holloway appeared as counsel. This case has generated great interest and was recently included as a Case Focus in Lexis Middle East Law Alert March/April 2022. David Russell QC and David Holloway appeared as counsel and have also written a more detailed Case Comment, first published in the MENA Business Law Review 2022 First Quarter. What happened? An application was made by Trustees who had been appointed by the Abu Dhabi Court in some insolvency proceedings.…

Legal Blog & Publications, Commercial, Insolvency and Restructuring 8 Apr, 2022

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