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David Russell, CFA

Associate (Barrister)
Phone: +44.20.7413.1358
Tower 42
25 Old Broad Street
London EC2N 1HQ
United Kingdom

David Russell is an associate (barrister) in Crowell & Moring’s London office and a member of the International Dispute Resolution Group. He focuses on international commercial arbitration and English commercial litigation, and is a practising barrister with full rights of audience before all English courts.

Before joining the firm, David completed pupillage at a leading set of commercial chancery chambers, prior to which he spent a year as the judicial assistant to Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court. In both capacities, he was exposed to a broad range of commercial, financial services, fraud, trust and probate disputes in the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as various matters concerning the nature and scope of legal professional privilege. 

As a law student, David received the Lord Mansfield Scholarship, Hardwicke Entrance Award and Buchanan Prize from Lincoln’s Inn, and won the City University / 1 Chancery Lane Prize for Tort Law.

Prior to his legal studies, David spent several years as an investment banker working on international mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings, and obtained the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He is accustomed to dealing with complex financial evidence and never loses sight of the commercial context when advising on the law.


  • University of Bristol, B.A. Modern Languages (2007) First Class Honours
  • City University, London, Graduate Diploma in Law (2016) Distinction
  • University of Law, London, Bar Professional Training Course (2017) Outstanding


Admitted to practice: England and Wales (barrister)

Professional Memberships

  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn
  • CFA Institute, CFA UK

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"U.K. Supreme Court Delivers Landmark Judgment on Apparent Bias of Arbitrators," International Dispute Resolution Alert (December 10, 2020). Contacts: Robert Weekes, Laurence Winston, Nicola Phillips, Gordon McAllister, David Russell, CFA
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"U.K. Supreme Court Clarifies How to Determine the Governing Law of Arbitration Agreements," International Dispute Resolution Alert (October 30, 2020). Contacts: Nicola Phillips, Robert Weekes, Laurence Winston, David Russell, CFA
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"Will Lenders be able to use COVID-19 to Invoke Material Adverse Change Clauses?," Corporate Alert (April 17, 2020). Contacts: Andrew J. Knight, Nicola Phillips, Robert Weekes, Laurence Winston, David Russell, CFA
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