Rupert Russell

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BA (Hons) Emmanuel College, Cambridge; GDL, City University; BPTC, Kaplan Law School
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Professional Membership: 
Criminal Bar Association, Defence Extradition Lawyers' Forum
Practice Overview: 

Rupert is instructed for both prosecution and defence in a wide range of work, including fraud, violence, drugs and sexual offences.

Rupert was recently led by Edward Burgess QC in a high-profile murder case involving a fatal stabbing in a nightclub in Stokes Croft. In the last three years, he has also been led in two linked film-scheme frauds at Southwark Crown Court that ran for over six months, as well as in a multi-handed drugs conspiracy where his client was first on the indictment. As junior alone, he successfully defended a client accused of property fraud in a six-week case at Harrow Crown Court.

In 2017, Rupert completed a secondment at the white-collar crime department of leading law firm Arnold and Porter Kaye Scholer, where he was advising clients involved in one of the SFO’s biggest ever bribery investigations into corrupt payments made by oil contractors to the Iraqi government.

Rupert is regularly instructed by the police in applications for civil orders such as Domestic Violence Protection Orders and Closure Orders. He was also instructed to resist one of the first applications for a Slavery and Trafficking Risk Order under the Modern Slavery Act.


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