Since coming to the Bar in 1987 Russell has developed an advice and trial practice, predominantly in the areas of contract and property law, banking and finance, trade practices, partnership and shareholder disputes,  trust disputes, insolvency including bankruptcy, corporations law and worplace relations disputes including breach of employment agreements and breach of confidence. Russell is also briefed to advise and appear in the Family Court of Australia on contested property disputes

Russell is experienced. Some of his recent trial and appeal cases include:

  • Container Forwarding Services (International) Pty Ltd v Director of Biosecurity [2019] FCA VID 1239
  • Dali Cvek v Mihailescu & Ors [2019] VSC 679
  • Rozenblit v Vainer [2019] VSC 316
  • Maisano v Maisano [2019] VCC 787
  • Cetinkaya v Unal [2018] VCC 480
  • Keys Consulting Pty Ltd v CAT Enterprises Pty Ltd [2017] VCC 1661 
  • Davey Nominees Pty Ltd v Miot [2017] VCC 562
  • McNab v Graham [2017] VSCA 352
  • Techniques Incorporated Pty Ltd v Vitarium Pty Ltd [2016] VCC 1949
  • Graham v McNab [2016] VCC 1128
  • Fazio Richards Pty Ltd v Ibis Way Pty Ltd [2016] FCA 308
  • Madgwick v Kelly [2013] FCAFC 61
  • Violet Home Loans v Schmidt [2013] VSCA 56
  • Kocalidis v Andrews [2012] VSCA 127
  • Perpetual Nominees v Rytelle [2012] VSC 209
  • Cargill Australia v Cater oil Company [2011] VSC 126
  • Perpetual Trustees Australia v Schmidt [2010] VSC 261

Russell appears in all jurisdictions.

Russell is an accredited national mediator and has a certificate in Advanced Mediation-Complex Disputes from Harvard University.

Russell is an Accredited Advocacy Instructor of the Australian Advocacy Institute.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation. The information referred to above has been supplied by the barrister concerned. Neither Victorian Bar Inc nor the barrister's clerk have independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the information and neither accepts any responsibility in that regard.


PH +61 3 +61 3 9225 8458
Email [email protected]

Chambers: Room 2304
Owen Dixon Chambers West
525 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne 3000

Practice Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Banking & Finance
Commercial Lending
Complex Transactions
Consumer Credit Code
Consumer Lending
Documentary Credit
Duties and Disclosure Requirements
Financial Planners
Managed Investment Schemes
Mistaken / Fraudulent Transactions
Structured Finance
Trade Finance
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Corporate Insolvency
Public Examinations
Commercial Law
Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy Law & Insolvency Law
Class Actions
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Contractual Disputes
Corporations Law & Securities Law
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
Intellectual Property & Trade Practices
Property & Probate
Common Law
Insurance Law
Intentional Torts
Competition Law & Consumer Law
Consumer Credit Disputes
Consumer Protections
Franchising Law
Market Conduct
Product Liability
Restraint of Trade
Trade Practices
Corporations Law & Securities Law
ASIC Investigations
ASIC Prosecutions
Directors' Liabilities
Managed Investment Schemes
Partnership Disputes
Shareholder Disputes
Equity & Trusts
Family Provision
Guardianship & Administration
Powers of Attorney
Wills & Probate
Real Property
Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
Royal Commissions
Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
Disciplinary Tribunals
Insurance Law
Total & Permanent Disability (TPD) Insurance
Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law
Directors' & Officers' Insurance
Professional Negligence
Property & Probate
Adverse Possession
Commercial Tenancies
Estate Agents Licensing & Disputes
Joint Ventures
Mortgage Law
Residential Tenancies
Testator's Family Maintenance
Wills & Estates
Public Law & Administrative Law
Disciplinary Proceedings
Human Rights Law
Civil Liberties
Contract Disputes
Disciplinary Tribunals
Superannuation Complaints Tribunal


Admitted to the Legal Profession:
04 Jun 1984
Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
26 Nov 1987



Also Entitled to Practise in

Federal Court of Australia
New South Wales
Western Australia

Committee Memberships

Supreme Court - Property Law List User's Group